When you live in a place that has snow on the ground 8 months out of the year, it is hard to warm up at times. Sometimes it takes just the smallest thing to make your day a warmer one. This is what we came up with.
I wish so hard that I had thought of these last winter during our town's annual dog sled race. The temps were nearly twenty below and it made it hard to stand outside for long to watch. If I had had a few of these tucked into my mittens, boots and a few other strategic places I would have been a lot happier. I am anxious to try them out in a few weeks at this years race.
So are you ready to make your own?
Materials needed for one set of hand warmers:
A simple ruler and scissors is all you really need, but I do love my rotary cutter. :)
You need to cut one 3 1/2 inch by 6 inch rectangle for every hand warmer you would like to make.
It only took about 5 minutes to cut 10 rectangles out. This was enough to make one pair for everyone in the house.
To assemble hand warmers:
1. Fold rectangle in half with right sides together
2. Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew around your folded rectangle leaving a 1 1/2" opening. Make sure to back stitch the beginning and end of your stitching to hold it tight.
*I like to start on the side opposite the fold and sew all the way around including the folded side. I think sewing the folded side gives it a more polished look when turned, but that is entirely up to you.
3. Once all four sides are sewn, cut the corners off at an angle being very careful to not cut through or too close to the stitching.
4. Turn inside out through the opening. Use something kind of pointy to push out the corners all the way. (I used a knitting needle)Take care to not push through the fabric!
5. For filling we are using rice, so you will want to get your rice and if you have a funnel use it to get the rice inside the opening. (i made my own out of paper shaped into a funnel). Fill up your hand warmer at least 3/4 full.
6. Hand stitch closed.
So far these have been a huge hit at our house, at the ladies' bible study, and with my kid's friends that have come over.
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