If you sew and enjoy sewing up little last-minute gifts for under the tree or stockings, hand warmers are fast and easy to whip up. I had my sewing machine in the shop for almost a month to get it worked on, so the hand warmer on the left I sewed by hand. I got my machine back today, so the hand warmer on the right was sewn on the machine! : ) That's why this project is a good one. You don't have to own a sewing machine to make these.
1. Select flannel fabric - around this time of year you can get this fabric inexpensively and you need such a small amount of fabric to make these. Make sure the flannel you get doesn't have any metallic thread woven in because to warm these up, you need to use the microwave.
2. Cut out 4, 4-inch square pieces of fabric (for two hands!).
3. Put two of the 4-inch pieces together (right sides together) and sew a narrow seam all the way around - BUT! remember to keep about an inch-wide opening on one side to turn the fabric right side out. Do the same with the other 4-inch pieces to make a set.
4. After turning right side out, use a funnel or small spoon to put about 3/4 cup of uncooked rice in each one and then sew the opening shut either by hand or with the sewing machine.
5. That's it!!! For gift-giving, put the two hand warmers together, tie with pretty ribbon or string or yarn, and wrap them up. You can either type or write the directions on how to use them and include them in the gift or you can just let them know. Directions: put each hand warmer in the microwave for about 10 - 20 seconds, checking occasionally for the amount of warmth wanted. You may need less time or you may need a little more time.
So nice to slip in your mittens or gloves before going outside. : )
That's pretty much it for today. I baked the sugar cookie cut-outs yesterday and will make candy this weekend so we're plugging along. At least all the gifts are bought, paid for, and wrapped!!!! : ) How are you doing?