Flannel and Felt Last-Minute Handwarmers… a quick gift that you can mass-produce and have by the door, ready to share with someone who needs their heart warmed as much as their hands.
Hi friends – I’m Amy from Diary of a Quilter. I am so excited to share this perfect last-minute gift with you!
Ever needed a last-minute gift to reciprocate or just to show some love and appreciation? These felt and flannel hand warmers are a quick gift that you can mass-produce and have by the door, ready to share with someone who needs their heart warmed as much as their hands. The felt heart embellishment adds an easy, personal touch.
I’m personally smitten with all of the cute black, red, and gray flannel plaids available this year. I used a bunch for a quilt and decided to use some of the scraps for these cute, quick hand warmers.
Flannel and Felt Last-Minute Handwarmers Materials:
- 1/8 – 1/4 yard pieces of plaid flannel
- red felt for hearts
- sewing machine, basic sewing notions
- needle & black thread
Flannel and Felt Last-Minute Handwarmers Instructions:
Cut flannel scraps into pairs of 4″ x 4″ squares. (The squares could match or contrast.) From red felt cut a 1″ heart for each hand warmer.
TIP: For faster production when making multiples of the same thing, do the same step for all items at the same time.
Place heart wherever desired on front flannel piece and top-stitch in place with coordinating thread. If placing in the corner, remember to allow over 1/4″ space away from edge for seam allowance.
Quick tip for securing the hearts before you sew. Use a small dab of Elmer’s glue in the center of the heart to hold the heart in place. Press with a warm iron to heat-set the glue and stick the heart permanently to the flannel. This will keep the felt heart securely in place without having to use pins on such a small piece, making it much easier to stitch around the heart embellishment that trying to hold in place with pins.
Starting on one side, sew two 4″ x 4″ squares, right sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance on all four sides, leaving a 1″ opening on the final side.
Clip the corners off all pieced warmers (careful not to clip across the seams) and turn them right-sides out. Use a blunt tip to carefully push out the corners.
Using a kitchen funnel, fill each hand warmer with 4 Tablespoons of rice. (You don’t want them too full and stiff. They’ll fit better into pockets if they’re a little bit softer and malleable.)
Tip: before adding rice, gently press the edges of the handwarmer with an iron – especially at the opening. This will make the edges crisper and neatly tucked in, making it easier when it comes time to hand stitch the edges together to close them.
After the bags are filled with rice, use coordinating thread and a needle to slip-stitch the edges together to close the opening. One of the beauties of using the plaid flannel is that it’s easy to hide and camouflage the closing stitches.
Package a pair of hand warmers in a cellophane bag with a hand-written note explaining how to warm them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and they’re ready to go!
Flannel and Felt Last-Minute Handwarmers are the perfect little surprise gift!
Keep a bunch handy and ready to share with the next person who needs a little extra warmth in their life.
Thanks so much for letting me share. If you’re looking for some other easy, last-minute Christmas projects, check out my felt Snowflake pillow (now that you’re an expert with felt) or this super easy and popular stocking. And if you’re ready to take those warm, fuzzy flannel squares and make them into a quilt, check out how I made my simple black and red patchwork quilt.
Best of luck with all of that final Christmas prep!
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