Pocket Hand Warmers
It’s great to be able to sew up some simple, yet functional gifts for friends and family! The winter season calls for gifts that keep us cozy and warm and these pocket hand warmers are just the thing to pop into stockings this year. Make these with flannel, recycled sweaters, or fleece and you’ll have just the thing to make trips out in the cold just a tad more inviting!
fabric pieces – each pair of hand warmers requires four 4 1/2″ squares of fabric
sheet of paper for making a funnel
rice or ceramic pie weights
embroidery floss and needle
Step 1: Cut four pieces of fabric into 4 1/2″ squares. Match right sides together and sew 1/4″ from the edge around each set of two squares. Leave a 1″ opening in the side of each square for turning and filling. Clip corners.
Step 2: Turn each square right side out, gently pushing out the corners with a chopstick. Form a cone with a 1/2″ opening in the tip from your piece of paper – use tape to secure the cone in its shape. Fill 2/3-3/4 full with rice. You can also use ceramic pie weights (although they can be pricey), particularly if you’re using a sweater material with a looser weave.
Step 3: Hand stitch the opening closed (click here for detailed hand sewing instructions).
Step 4: Use embroidery floss to stitch a decorative blanket stitch around the perimeter of each square. Begin by poking your needle with knotted end into the top seam along the edge of the square. Poke it back out about 1/4″ from the edge on the “back side” of the square. Now, bring the needle back around to the front side of the square and poke it straight through from front to back.
Step 5: Pull the floss most of the way through the back. Before pulling it tight, notice the loop of thread.
Step 6: Pull the needle through the loop from back to front and pull tight.
Step 7: Continue stitching front to back and pulling the thread through the loop on each stitch. You’ll notice the running stitch which should be placed along the seam edge of the square and then each front to back stitch. Try to keep the stitches evenly spaced for best results.
And you’re done! Wrap a pair up with a little instructional note. To use, just pop the hand warmers in the microwave for a couple minutes and they’re ready to stick in your pockets for lasting warmth out in the cold!!
Thanks, friends! Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday season!! I’d love to see you over at Girl. Inspired for more cozy holiday ideas: