Friday, January 27, 2012

Warm Hands, Warm Heart

I was in need of small handmade gifts to give my kid's bus drivers. I figured I'd make hand warmers and dress them up with a novelty bag. SEW SIMPLE! Credit, but I've added my own twist.

Materials & Tools
  • Flannel (2) 3.5in x 7in
  • Scrap flannel and felt
  • Muslin or other solid fabric for bag 11in x 7.5in
  • White rice
  • Essential oils (I used cinnamon vanilla), you can find this by the candles in Walmart
  • Brown paper bag (optional)
  • Thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Spoon or popscile stick
  • Small funnel (optional but really nice)


Hand Warmers
  1.  Cut the fabric for the hand warmers from a soft flannel. Take your 3.5in x 7in piece and fold it in half creating a 3.5in x 3.5 in square. Pin front sides together and top stitch all around the edge, leaving a small opening. Turn your square right side out. Do this again for the second bag.
  2. Take your rice and mix in a bowl with a few drops of your chosen essential oil. You'll want to use a Popsicle stick or a spoon so that your hands don't get messy.
  3. Take a small funnel and pour the rice into the bags. Don't over-stuff, you want to be able to play comfortably with the bag in your pocket and not have the seams pop.
  4. Close up the hole by top stitching that side or hand stitching it shut.


Hand Warmer Bag
  1. Take your 11in x 7.5in  muslin or other solid fabric, turn under and hem the top (I used a contrasting thread color).
  2. Fold your fabric in half so you know where to apply your decorative touches. I free handed a mitten, cut it out and used fabric glue to temporarily hold it while I top stitched around the edges. I like the frayed look of the flannel. The black part of the mitten is felt.
  3. Fold the bag's right sides together and sew up side.
  4. Cut a strip of flannel to create a mini scarf, cut ends to make fringe. This will be your bag tie.
Instructions Insert
I literally tore up a paper bag and fed it through my printer for the instructions. I liked the tattered edge so I kept  it, in other versions, I used pinking shears.

Cozy Hand Warmers- Place warmers in microwave for 25-30 seconds. Let cool for a few moments and pop them in your pockets!


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