DIY Pocket Warmers

December 13, 2012 | DIY

I had such a great response from the DIY Heat Pack I did a while ago that I thought doing a mini version, perfect for Christmas gifts, was definitely in order!

If you live in the northern hemisphere and winter is descending upon you, I’m sure these sweet little pocket warmers would really come in handy! They’d be a welcome gift for just about anyone (make them from their favourite fabrics and colours!), or would even make the perfect stocking stuffers!

They’re super quick and easy to make, so lets get to it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Cotton fabric
– Uncooked rice
– Essential oil (optional)
– Pinking Sheers
– Fabric Scissors
– Pencil (normal, or fabric pencil)
– Sewing machine and thread
– Something round to trace around
– Funnel (optional)

Step 1.
Start by choosing your front and back fabrics, and place them wrong sides together. Use something round to trace a circle onto the fabric using your pencil. Keep in mind that this will be the line you sew around (mine was approx. 7cm (2 3/4″) diametre).

Step 2.
Cut out a square of fabric around your circle, making sure to leave at least 3cm (1″) around the outside. At this point, if you’d like to embroider anything onto your fabric you can. I just used some wool to highlight some of the flowers, but this is totally optional.

Step 3.
Sew around the circle as carefully as you can, leaving a small gap (approx. 1.5cm or 1/2″) wide in the stitching – this is where you’ll pour the rice.

Step 4.
If you’re using essential oil, place some rice into a bowl and add a drop or two of oil, mix. Pour the rice through the hole you left in the stitching (a funnel might help here), and fill the circle until it’s sufficiently full but not bursting. Take it back to the sewing machine and close up the hole.

Step 5.
Cut around the outside of the circle (not too close to the stitching) using your pinking sheers.

That’s it! Now go throw them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, pop them in your pockets, and feel the warmth :)

Note: It’s probably a good idea to put them on a plate in the microwave to help keep them clean.

And as always, you can find all my other DIYs over here :)


  1. They’re cute ! I’ll do one for me ! Thanks :-)

  2. KMK

    Please be careful when using rice. it can become mushy if you heat it for too long….

  3. Kristen

    Really great and easy idea. Nice tutorial…I’m just beginning to sew, so the instructions are much appreciated!! ;)

  4. Too cute :) I need some of these!

  5. Hi
    Love this idea. Just tried it out – one thing – you say wrong side of fabric together. When do you turn the right way round? Before you fill with rice presumably? I am using barley as a filling just to see how this works.
    Many thanks again.
    Liz x

    • ffadmin

      Hi Liz, Great to hear you’re trying it out! You don’t turn it the right way out because the ‘right’ side of the fabric should already be facing out. I wanted to make them really easy to do so it’s just top stitching, filling with rice, top stitching the opening closed, and cutting around the edge with pinking sheers – there are no hidden seams, and no need to turn anything inside out. Hope this helps!

  6. Me again!! Please ignore me – I was obviously having a mad half hour!! I’ve just made three mini warmers and they’re brilliant. I was just being stupid!! Obviously you don’t need to turn them the right way round!!
    I’m going to try putting dried rosemary in too, to see how that turns out.
    Brilliant, thank you again for sharing.
    Liz x

  7. These are just adorable. I’m pretty much addicted to pretty floral fabric. I’ve been asking for a sewing machine for Christmas, so maybe soon I can give it a try. :)

  8. Great! I will make it for my little daughter)

  9. I made some as last minute presents.
    Went out great and were well received!
    thank you for charing.

  10. david

    looks easy and useful for the winter was just how long the heat last and how many times can u reheat them thanks. David

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  15. Melissa

    Anyone tried them out yet? Approx how long do they stay warm for?

    Thinking these would be awesome for my pockets at -40 and colder IF they stay warm for a little while.

    Also, could you use other dry items like barley or dried peas inside instead of rice? Anyone tried any of these as substitutes?