I’ve been traveling like a madwoman..
The other week I was in Salt Lake City. I love Salt Lake and travel to the city twice a year for a trade show called Outdoor Retailer. Last January I was chilled to the bone the entire time I was there. It was especially cold the day we were setting up our booth in the convention centre – the loading dock doors were open the entire time! To prepare for the cold temperatures this time around, I decided to make little hand warmers for my pockets. And of course.. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make mini heart shaped warmers..
So far this year has been particularly cold, so why not make a bunch of these hand warmers for all your loved ones.
- Cotton fabric – this is a great scrap fabric or fat quarter project
- Sewing machine and sewing supplies
- Different colors of thread
- Bag of rice
- Pen and paper
- Iron and ironing board
Alright, let’s get sewing:
- Draw a small heart shape approximately 4″w x 5″h. Cut out 2 hearts for each hand warmer.
- Turn right sides together and pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1/2″ – 3/4″ opening for the rice.
- Press seams with an iron. Clip into seam allowance at curves and trim bottom tip. Also remember to clip into the “V” at the meeting point of the top curves.
- Turn right side out.
- Roll and turn the opening seam allowance under 1/4″. Press again with a hot iron.
- Place funnel into opening and pour rice into heart. Leave enough room to have rice jiggle around. Do not overload the heart.. This is important, as you need enough room to place the heart into your sewing machine and stitch the opening closed.
- Pin opening closed. Push the rice aside and pin again. This will hold the rice in place while closing the opening. Machine stitch closed. Remember to back stitch at each end.
Now you have cute little hearts to warm your pockets. Why not place a few in your husband’s pocket on Valentine’s Day? A few notes to think about – don’t chose metallic fabrics for this project and double check the setting on your microwave. All microwaves heat differently. Want to make a large heating pad? Check out my post here and also the full tutorial on the Momtastic blog.
Don’t want to make hand warmers? Use this tutorial as inspiration and make heart shaped bean bags, heart shaped scented sachets or cute little heart pillows…