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DIY Flax Seed Pocket Warmers for Cozy Winter Hands

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Use these pocket warmers to keep your hands warm on drizzly or snowy winter mornings.  Easy to make  you can have a pair handy to use in just 30 minutes.


  • Fat quarter  or other cloth at least 9 inches wide by 18 inches long
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • 4 cups of flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons of herb (lavender flowers, lemon balm, chamomile, bee balm, thyme, rose petals)
  • 40 drops of essential oils (sweet orange essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, balsam fir essential oil, or a blend you like)
  • Thread for your sewing machine and to sew by hand.


  1. Cut your fabric into a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch squares.  If you are making a lot of hand warmers for gifts, mark out your pattern piece on a piece of card stock and use this to mark your fabric using a pencil on the wrong side.
  2. Cut out the fabric along the marking lines.
  3. Put two pieces of fabric, right sides together.  Pin along 3 sides.  Sew 1/4 inch seam along 3 sides only, leaving one side open.  Turn right side out.  Press.
  4. Sew 3 channels in each bag by sewing a straight stitch through both layers at 1 1/2 inches from either side — Begin at 1 inch from the open top side and sew down the length of the square to the bottom edge.  Repeat on the other side, being sure to leave the top, open side of the bag, free of stitching for one inch to allow for turning over the seam.
  5. Blend together flax, herbs, and essential oils.  Using a funnel, fill the 3 channels of the bag with the flax-herb blend leaving the top inch free of filler..  Pack firmly into each channel.  The filling will loosen once the bag is stitched shut.
  6. Fold over the top seam by 1/2 inch, with rough edges on the inside.  Pin to close.  Stitch closed by hand using a fine whip stitch.  Bag is complete.
  7. Repeat with remaining fabric squares.


Quick to make.  Use 100% cotton or a cotton linen blend fabric.  You can easily upcycle any tightly woven clothing for this project.  Worn blue jeans, canvas pants, or dad’s oxford shirts work well.

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