Fall and winter weddings are the coziest… and they deserve ultra-cozy favors too. It’s Day 3 of #favorweek and today we’re sharing how to make your own adorable flannel hand warmers that are filled with flax seeds (instead of rice!), the perfect way to warm up your guests! Flax seeds are the ideal choice for heating, reheating, and holding heat. Pop in the microwave for 30-60 seconds to enjoy 20+ minutes of warmth. If it’s going to be cold or possibly snowing at your event, it would be super fun to have a microwaved plugged in at your venue, on a cute table of course, for your guests to warm these with!
YAY! It’s #favorweek 2019, one of my favorite weeks of the entire year! It all started in 2015 when I realized that tons of readers were coming to the blog during the holidays to make our wedding favors as small holiday gifts. So now, each year we’ve been sharing awesome wedding/party favors that double as terrific handmade holiday gifts, and we make you a holiday version as well! We have five awesome projects in store for you this week to get your creative juices flowing!
Wedding or Holiday
These fabulous, handcrafted hand warmers would make the most darling wedding favors or holiday gifts… so I’m sharing two label options with you. One that says “to have and to hold in case you get cold” and the other that says “cold hands warm heart”. Download both for free at the end of the post!
100% Cotton Flannel, washed and ironed
Bulk Whole Flax Seeds
Thread to match
8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock
Twine or Ribbon
Cut your 100% cotton flannel fabric into 5″ squares, you’ll need two squares for each hand warmer.
Crafters Tip: you can use any type of fabric you want as long as it’s 100% cotton. From what I’ve learned, any other fabric, especially polyester or types with metallic threads, can melt in the microwave! Yeiks!
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around three sides of the squares, leaving one side open to fill with the flax seeds.
Fill each flannel pocket with 1/2 cup of whole flax seeds. Flax seeds are a better choice to fill these hand warmers with, compared to rice, for the following reasons:
they smell better when heated
the oil inside the seeds can hold heat longer than rice
they can be reheated more times than rice
Very carefully sew the flannel pocket closed. I found it easiest to just be careful and not use pins or clips, but you do what works for you.
Trim all around the hand warmer with pinking shears to finish. This prevents fraying and looks adorable at the same time.
Print + Cut
Visit the end of the post to download your choice of free tags. Print onto colored cardstock of your choice and then trim on the lines provided. Add a hole at the top for tying onto the hand warmers.
Tie the tags onto each hand warmer and you’re ready to gift!
Heat these hand warmers in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and enjoy their warmth!
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