3 Projects in 1 : Hand warmers, Cold Packs, “Bean” Bag Toy {& Giveaway!}

Post by Contributing Writer, Emily

This project has been one of the simplest things I’ve ever done, especially considering that the same finished project has 3 different purposes. The fabric you choose can make this appropriate for anyone from kiddos to grown-ups, boys or girls.

  1. Hand Warmers: Toss a set in the microwave for 20 seconds and warm up frosty little fingers after an afternoon out in the snow.
  2. Cold Pack: Keep one or two in the freezer to pull out and soothe a bumped head or bruised ankle.
  3. Hackie-Sack / “Bean Bag” Toy: When a little one needs something to throw, an organized bean bag toss can be much safer than tossing balls in the house.


  • Start with a rectangle of fabric and fold it in half, right sides of the fabric together. This will be slightly larger than the size of your finished project. (3in x 2.5in is a good finished size to aim for)
  • Using a short stitch, close all sides, leaving a 1 in opening.
  • Turn the fabric right side out, make sure to push out all your corners.
  • Top stitch 1/8in from the edge all the way around, except where your opening is.
  • Through the opening fill the bag 3/4 of the way full with rice. **

**Try adding dried herbs with your rice OR mix in a little essential oils (allow to dry before filling.) Dried lavender and eucalyptus oil are our two favorites!

  • Close the hole securely either by hand or by machine, just make sure it is closed up tight!
  • Make another and you’ve completed a set!

Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win the blue set pictured here!

If you’re feeling adventurous, cut out heart shapes and make some Valentine’s Day ones; these are certainly a favorite for the little girls in my house right now.

Happy Sewing!

Giveaway ends 2/9/12. Winner will be randomly selected by random.org. No purchase necessary.

Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jeremy and their 3 wild and crazy kiddos! She loves reading, running, baking yummy treats for her family, her early morning yoga, walking to the library and all things creative and crafty. She especially enjoys exploring nature with her children and learning side by side with them. You’ll find her chatting about all aspects of life at her blog, Industrious Emily* and also sharing her crafty side through the blog, Life at the Table.

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16 comments to 3 Projects in 1 : Hand warmers, Cold Packs, “Bean” Bag Toy {& Giveaway!}

  • Nana Phyllis

    What a great idea. I’m going to make some for my grandchildren!!

  • These are cute and handy looking.

  • Claudia W

    How cute are these bags??? Thanks to Pinterest I found your link. I’m about to go make several of these. So much fun for so little time and work!

  • Oh my goodness. I just posted my blog post for today, then went into my Google Reader. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this. I posted a hand warmer tutorial today as well! So funny. I guess great minds do think alike. Don’t worry about entering me into the giveaway, I’ve already got some, haha. Yours look great though!

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  • These are neat as can be. Why on earth have I paid for such things?

    Do you have any concerns about insects or grain moths attacking the contents? Would white rice keep best or brown, do you think? I am thinking white . . .

    Please do enter me in the giveway, just in case they wind up on my (longish) list of projects that don’t quite make it onto the table!

  • We would love these! Espeically since I’m not really a sewing girl yet!


  • Beth S.

    Love it! I’m thinking of doing this for Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers next year!

  • Sue

    I am very excited about this. It will be fun to make these with my daughter.

  • Wendy Jeffreys

    Never thought of the idea of using them as cold packs!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Would love to win a set!

  • Jaclyn

    These sound wonderful! I love the idea of having them in the freezer. My little one is always falling and is unfortunately at the perfect height to ram into tables.

  • Erin

    So cute – I’d love to make some for my 1 year old’s birthday coming up!!!

  • These are perfect! As I got out of bed in the middle of the night to heat a giant rice bag, I thought, “What I really need are some small rice bags to stick in my socks.” It’s ridiculous how cold my feet are… all the time! Thanks for the great idea. :)

  • What a great idea! I wish I had a sewing machine, it is on my wish list, so I could have fun sewing projects like these.

  • Sherry Lykins

    Great idea! My kids would love them!! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

  • Kate

    Awesome idea! We’re definitely going to make these…. Letter shapes would work, too!