Merino wool handwarmers sit on a table.

Craft Merino Wool Valentines Handwarmers

Today we are sharing a special tutorial from our friends at Chasing Windmills. A Valentine you and your children can make by hand. Valentine's Day can easily become another holiday full of small, inexpensive trinkets and sweets that are quickly eaten or tossed aside, but we're here to show you that it needn't be that way! The act of making something with your hands is a gift in itself.
Small round merino scrap hand sewn handwarmer with needle felted mushroom next to bowl of rice and lavendar
Sarah, owner of one of our very favorite small shops, Chasing Windmills, shares how to make adorable hand warmers with wool scraps and needle felted designs. These are incredibly customizable. You can sew the actual handwarmer into many different shapes, for instance circles like these, hearts, mushrooms, mittens, whatever you can dream up! And you can needle felt any sort of design on them to personalize. Children delight in these sweet little warmers, they are so simple, yet effective to warm up hands and pockets on cold days.
Gather Your Supplies:
  • Scrap fabric (Find beautiful merino wool scraps from Chasing Windmills here)
  • Embroidery thread or thin yarn
  • Rice
  • Lavender (optional)
  • Needle felting supplies - wool roving, felting needles, felting mat, optional cookie cutters
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Something to make template (optional)
Supplies to make needle felted handwarmer valentines gifts

Create Hand Warmer Design:

Step 1: Cut out two layers of scrap fabric into desired shape. I used a small glass yogurt jar to trace onto watercolor paper to make a template, but if you are feeling brave you can certainly cut them free hand. My circles are about 2.5" in diameter.
Two circular pieces of merino wool scrap fabric and a circle template with craft scissors
Step 2: On top of one of your layers, needle felt your design. If you are new to needle felting, it can be helpful to use a cookie cutter to help you shape the roving. First place a small amount of wool roving within the cookie cutter.
Step 3:  Begin poking (lots and lots of times) around the edge near cookie cutter walls and begin to work your way inward to the middle of the design.
Hand pushing needle felting needle into mushroom cookie cutter filled with red wool roving
Step 4: Add any secondary wool roving colors. Continue poking until roving is well compacted. Remove cookie cutter and refine your design with continued pokes, adding any small details you desire. Then carefully lift your fabric scrap from felting pad.
Sew It Together:
Step 5: Layer your two scrap pieces. Knot one end of thread/yarn (I used about 36 inches) and begin blanket stitching around edge. When you are about 3/4 of the way around your shape, pause.  
Process of making hand made hand warmer with merino wool fabric scraps
Step 6: Fill with rice and a touch of dried lavender.
Process of making hand made handwarmer with merino wool fabric scraps filled with dry rice
Step 7: Continue stitching until you reach your beginning stitch. Tie thread off securely with a knot and sew end of thread inside of hand warmer. Trim remaining thread.
To Use: Microwave for 15-30 seconds, and spread all the warmth and love!
Five hand sewn hand warmers made of merino wool scrap fabric with needle felted designs like mushrooms and rainbows
Creating these sweet sensory rich hand warmers is a sure fire way to spread love and care, perfect for the rest of the cold days to come. Every time they warm them up, they will be reminded of how much you care for them. 
Thank you to Sarah and the Chasing Windmills team for sharing this inspired gift idea with us! Follow them on Instagram and shop their merino wool line to keep warm all winter long.
Will you be making handcrafted Valentine's this year? We can't wait to see your hand warmers and other sweet crafts. Tag us on Instagram for a chance to be shared. Wishing a warm winter and sweet Valentine to you and your sweethearts!

    1 comment

    • Gigi Slack

      They’re so cute! I will definitely try them. :)

      If a person does not have a microwave, what would be the best method of heating these up? Would it be similar to a regular rice pack? (Setting the oven to 200F and warming for 15-20 minutes on a baking sheet with water beside the baking sheet?)

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