Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day 6- 12 Days of Christmas- Last Minute Quick Projects (Hand Warmers)

I just love this time of year!  My tree is up and decorated.  Menu's are in the planning stages and the baking is underway.  Did I mention that I have not started to wrap yet and I still need a few stocking stuffers?  Here is a super quick project that will help you share the warmth of the season..literally!

Today we are making small hand warmers.  Once heated in the microwave and tucked in a pocket, these little pillows will help to keep hands warm on those frosty winter days.

Materials Needed:
Flannel scraps:  1 piece, 5"x 5".
                         2 pieces 3 3/4"x 5"

Muslin or Cotton scraps:  2 pieces 4 1/2"x 4 1/2"

1/2 cup of rice

1.  With right sides together, sew the muslin or cotton squares together, taking a 1/4" seam all the  the       way around, leaving a 2" opening for turning.  Clip the corners and turn through the opening. 
      Using a funnel or straw, fill the pillow with 1/2 cup of rice.  Slip stitch the opening closed.
2.   To make the outer cover, turn under 1/2" along the 5" edge of each of the 3 3/4"x 5" pieces.  
      Stitch close to the raw edge.  Your pieces will now measure 3 1/2" x 5".
3.   Lay the 5"x 5" flannel square right side up on you work surface.  Place the two 3 1/2"x 5" pieces           right side down on the 5"x 5" square with the folded edges overlapped and all raw edges even.             Pin.

4.   Stitch all the way around the outside edge, taking a 1/4" seam.  Clip the corners and turn through        the openings.
5.   Insert the rice pillows inside the flannel pocket.
6.   When you are ready to use the warmers, just pop out the insert and heat it for 1-2 minutes in the
      microwave. (Heat them 30 seconds at a time and check to make sure that they don't get too hot.)         Slip it back into fleece pocket and you are ready to go.

I'm planning to make a pair of these for some of my friends who enjoy winter outdoor activities.
Warm hands, warm hearts!!!


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