Day 4 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a quickie sewing project you can finish in no time. You can use a fat quarter or scraps to put yours together, but it takes very little fabric and you probably already have everything on hand. Perfect for Winter weather, especially for outdoorsy types.
Rice Hand Warmers Tutorial
Crafting Time: 30 Minutes
Cotton fabric – enough for 4 or 5 (if you’re doing a pocket) 5″x5″ squares, a fat quarter works nicely
Rice and a funnel or scrap paper
Scissors, a needle and matching cotton thread
I will assume you are making 2 hand warmers, one of which has a pocket. Adjust accordingly if you make a different combination.
Cut 5 squares measuring 5″x5″. On the last square, snip off a corner. The more you cut, the smaller your pocket will be.
Fold down a small hem on the slanted edge you just cut for the pocket and sew it down.
Layer one square with the pocket on top, then another square with the right sides facing in. Layer the second square with right sides together as well. Pin in place.
Start sewing a straight stitch 1/4 to 1/2 inch around the squares, leaving about 2 inches unsewn for turning.
Clip your corners, but not too close to the thread. Turn inside out and use a pencil or knitting needle to pop out the corners.
Start filling with rice. I prefer mine about 3/4 full as this has a nice heft and keeps heat in without being overly stuffed.
Fold the raw open edge under and use an invisible couching stitch or an overhand stitch to sew it closed.
Instructions for Use
Microwave in 15 second intervals. 15-30 seconds usually does the trick depending on the strength of your microwave. Just don’t chuck them in there and heat away though because they will burn.
To use as a cool pack, stick them in the freezer for a few hours.
I don’t suggest using them as projectile weapons, but I can’t promise you won’t be tempted. I won’t look.
Try them in different shapes too!
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