Memory Garment Hand Warmers

Memory Garment Hand Warmers - A Touching Homemade Gift Idea made with a departed loved one's clothing. The warmth of these pocket hand warmers will feel like your loved one is holding your hand on a cold winter day. They are made with an envelope style cover that can be removed for laundering.

I made these lavender-scented hand warmers from one of my mom's jackets. It'll be three years in November that we lost her. I like to think of these as a warm hug from Mom with her favorite scent.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

Welcome back to year 6 of our Festive Christmas Ideas Event where we team up with a bunch of talented blogging friends to bring you a plethora of creative ways to celebrate your holiday season.

We will be baking some cookie recipes for you, sharing some party games, making some handmade gifts, doing some ornament crafting, and sharing our Christmas movies family fun. There will be breakfast recipes and as always our decorated Christmas Trees which is always a fun tour of homes.

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Memory Garment Hand Warmers

I've included instructions on how to make the hand warmers along with printable gift tags that you're more than welcome to use. 

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

You can make them with or without the graphic on the front. If you have a Cricut Machine, I've included a link to the graphic as well.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

These are the fabrics I used to make the hand warmers. A blue and white stripe cotton jacket that my Mom used to wear and muslin fabric for the inner rice pouch.

It's important that you NOT use synthetic fabrics or fabric with metallic fibers as they could be a fire hazard when heated in the microwave. It's best to use 100% cotton.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

The choice is yours whether you wash the memory garment first before making these. Some may want to keep the loved one's scent on their hand warmers. While Mom's jacket has been laundered I chose to leave the stains because they tell a story that was made by her!

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

I made them with two different graphics.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

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How To Make Memory Garment Hand Warmers

We'll begin the tutorial with how to make the inner rice pouches. It's completely optional whether you scent them or not. I used dried lavender flower buds (not an affiliate link) but you could scent them with essential oils. 

Inner Rice Pockets

It's important that you use 100% cotton for the inner pockets as they will be heated in the microwave. I used bleached muslin fabric to make mine.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

The measurements for the inner pouches are 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches which include a 1/2-inch seam allowance. If you are making these for a man, I would suggest making them 4 x 4 inches square.
  1. On a piece of cotton fabric measure and mark the fabric for two pouches. Then make two folds in the fabric so you have four layers. 
  2. Cut along the sides, top, and bottom marks.
  3. Cut the center mark and you'll have eight squares - enough for four pouches.
  4. Place two pieces of fabric together and with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stitch three sides together with a serger to prevent fraying. If you don't have a serger then use the serging stitch on your sewing machine like I did. Trim each corner to remove bulk. Turn the pouches right side out and push the corners out (I used the blunt end of a wooden skewer).
  5. It's important that you use white long grain rice and NOT instant rice to fill the pouches. It's optional but you can scent the hand warmers with dried lavender flower buds like I did. 
  6. Hold a funnel in the opening and fill the pouch with 3 1/2 tablespoons of rice. Add 1 teaspoon of lavender flowers. Note: Because the lavender flowers are so lightweight, they stick to the plastic funnel so it's easier to drop the lavender flowers directly into the pouches.
  7. Sew the seam closed with a straight stitch. Caution: Make sure no rice is in the seam allowance or it will break your sewing machine needle. 

Outer Washable Envelope Pocket

The measurements for the washable envelope pockets are 9 x 4 inches which include a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I was able to make ten hand warmers with the two sleeves and one side of the front of the jacket. 

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

  1. Fold the fabric (in my case sleeves) in half lengthwise and draw the 9 x 4-inch pattern. This will give you two pouches.
  2. With the wrong side of the fabric facing you, fold each end 1/2 inch and press. Then fold the ends again and press. Sew a straight stitch across. Note: If you want to add the A Warm Hug From Mom iron-on graphic, jump forward to Step 5 in the next section before finishing the sewing steps.
  3. Again with the wrong side of the fabric facing you fold the two ends so they overlap each other. Make sure the top fold is a third of the way down (like pictured in step 3). Pin the folds and stitch the two side seams with a serger or the serging stitch on your sewing machine with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Trim the excess fabric to remove the bulk.
  4. Fold the pouch right side out and push the corners out (I use the blunt end of a wooden skewer).

A Warm Hug From (fill in the blank) Graphic

This next step is completely optional. You'll need a Cricut machine, Cricut Heat Press, and Iron-On Vinyl in two colors.

I create the two graphics below in Cricut Design Space and if you'd like to use them, here is a link to the Warm Hug From Mom project.

Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

Cutting The Vinyl Graphic

I am not including a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to cut the iron-on vinyl because I'm assuming if you have a Cricut Machine, you know how to do this. 
  • Just remember before cutting the vinyl slide the mirror image toggle in Cricut Design Space.
  • You'll notice in the pictorial in the previous section that in Step 6 the red hearts are missing after I heat pressed them onto the pouch. That's because I was making ten hand warmers and cutting all ten at one time. In order to "group" the graphics and "attach" them strategically on the cutting mat, the white graphics and the red hearts couldn't be grouped together and attached as one graphic in order to cut them in two separate colors. I hope this makes sense!

Heat Press The Vinyl Graphic

Let me preface this by saying that I'm a novice with the Cricut machine. I'm still learning the ropes so if you're an expert, you may know whether the graphic can be heat pressed onto the pockets after they are sewn or before. My concern with doing them after is the bulk of the envelope pocket on the back so I chose to add the graphic before they were sewn.

Refer to Steps 5 and 6 in the pictorial in the previous step for an example of the instructions below.
  1. To find the center on the front of the envelope pocket (right side of the fabric facing out) fold the two ends so they overlap each other. Make sure the top fold is a third of the way down. Pin the folds to hold the pocket closed.
  2. On the front of the pocket (the good side of the fabric) set the iron-on vinyl in the center and rub it with your fingers to hold in place.
  3. Unpin the back and lay the fabric flat.
  4. Check the Cricut Heat Guide to find the correct heat settings for your fabric. 
  5. Press the white (or whatever color of your choosing) onto the front of the pocket. Slowly remove the liner when cool to the touch.
  6. Place a red iron-on vinyl heart on the graphic and repeat the previous step.
  7. Go back to Steps 3 and 4 to finish sewing the envelope pockets.
I hope these last two steps didn't confuse the heck out of you. If you're a novice with the Cricut Maker like me, you'll find very helpful Cricut video tutorials on this YouTube channel. If I could make these with my novice skills - you definitely can!

Homemade Hand Warmers Gift Tags

You'll want to give heat instructions to the gift recipients so a lovely way to do this is with a pretty gift tag. Heat the hand warmers in the microwave for 30 seconds. Also, let them know the outer pocket can be removed for washing. I made these hand warmer gift tags and you're welcome to use them if you like.

Press HERE for your free unwatermarked gift tag printable.
Memory Garment Hand Warmers made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with washable pocket and rice filled pouch, handmade gift idea.

I hope you were inspired by this sentimental handmade Christmas gift. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed these pocket hand warmers, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your Holiday Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.


Memory Garment Hand Warmers by Interior Frugalista, made with a departed loved one's clothing scented lavender with a washable pocket and rice filled pouch. A Hug From Mom handmade gift idea! #handwarmers #memorygarment #holidaygiftidea


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  1. This is the best handmade gift any of your family members would love to receive, Marie! How thoughtful, creative and unique!

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  2. Love this sweet and sentimental gift idea. Wishing the best to your family this holiday season.

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    1. Thank you very much both for the sweet comment and the holiday wishes. Happy holidays to you and your family as well.

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  3. I love these, Marie! I've been meaning to make some but I love your graphics! Like you, I'm a novice at the Cricut but I'm learning...

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    1. Hi Debra, so glad you like these! As a novice, I'm blown away by all the things you can make with the Cricut Maker - such a learning curve though.

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  4. Oh Marie, these are beautiful and oh so sentimental. What a lovely, lovely gift and a great DIY.

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    1. Thank you Kim, I enjoyed making them. It felt like Mom was beside me the entire time.

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  5. Marie, these are not only lovely, the sentiment that goes with them is so special.

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    1. Thank you Bev, I'm glad to have found something to make with Mom's jacket. She wore this particular one a lot in the summer.

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  6. I love these Marie! At first I thought they were pillows but then I realized that they ARE pillows... for your hands!!! SWEET!

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    1. Glad you like them, Tania! Yep, miniature envelope pillows just like the big versions except these ones keep your hands warm here in our brutally cold Canadian winters.

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  7. I absolutely love this idea! I know I would treasure a gift like this made from my grandma's clothes. Of course, I'm also always up for a great upcycle too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie, I hope the recipients of this gift like and treasure them. I guess they'll know what they are getting a little early this year. LOL

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  8. This is a very sweet gift, I want to make some this year for sure.

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    1. Thank you and I'm glad you were inspired by this heartfelt gift idea.

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  9. This is such a loving gift idea Marie. What a beautiful sentimental gift, and the special printable tags are a very special extra touch. Beautiful as always. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you very much, Leanna. I enjoyed every second making them because it felt like Mom was right there beside me. Thanks for the pin too!

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  10. Such an incredibly beautiful idea Marie. They'll be treasured along with your Mom's memory for many, many years <3

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  11. What a sentimental beautiful idea Marie! And they are charming and useful to boot! 💙💙💙

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise! It felt like Mom was with me the entire time I worked on these. I even used her "good" sewing notions to make them.

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  12. Such a cute idea! I love how they turned out. :)

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  14. Marie, I love the idea of these memory hand warmers. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by.
    https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/11/over-moon-linky-party_8.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. So glad you like these, Bev, and thrilled they'll be featured at your party this week. Thank you so much! xo

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  15. These are adorable Marie !
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Much love
    Naush

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  16. I absolutely love these, thanks for sharing with us every week at the To Grandma's house we go link party :) I'll be featuring you this week!

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    1. I'm glad you like them, Tarahlynn, and thanks so much for the feature!

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  17. So adorable! I just love these! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family!

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  18. This is a brilliant idea for reusing loved one's clothing!

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  19. Hey there! These cuties are being featured at our link party today!
    https://theeverydayfarmhouse.com/embracing-home-and-family-link-party-16/

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  20. These are beautiful, and such a thoughtful gift idea!

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    1. Thank you Cherryl, they were a joy to make. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving this week from Canada!

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  21. This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen! My condolences on the loss of your mom, but I love that you find comfort in using these hand warmers, and I know they would make excellent gifts to family members too.

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    1. Thank you very much, Alexandra, it was a labour of love making these.

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