22 December 2010

9th Day of Christmas

Mom, Dad, Sis, Don't read :)
Alright. Today is another handmade gift post. It takes a small amount of work, but with a sewing machine it takes literally like 5 minutes. I sewed by hand and the whole project took me only about an hour. I'm talking about handmade handwarmers! They're perfect for the winter months when it can be sooo cold outside. They basically look like little bean bags that you microwave for 30 seconds and then slip in your pockets or carry in your hands. You can also just lay them over sore muscles for some relief.
Making them is simple. Pick some fabric that you think the person you are making these for will like. I went to Joann and bought three squares of discounted leftover fabric- there are usually lots of cute options.

Cut the fabric into bean bag size rectangles- two for each handwarmer. pin the rectangles together, patterned sides facing each other, and sew up three full sides and all but 1 inch of the fourth side. Invert the sewed pouch so the the stitching is on the inside.

Using a funnel and a measuring cup with a spout, fill the empty handwarmers with regular dry white rice. leave some room so that the handwarmer is easy to hold on to and not too heavy. After it's filled, stitch up the open inch of fabric.

To use, microwave the handwarmers for 30 seconds. They should retain heat for about 30 minutes :)

1 comment:

  1. That's a really cute, creative idea. I think I'll make some for myself. haha