Can’t believe it is that time of year again for mittens, winter coats, scarves and boots! Today I’m sharing a very simple craft project that is functional and super sweet! It is Heart-shaped Homemade Hand Warmers! It takes very few materials to create this cutie patootie. So let’s get started:
Scrap Felt Fabric
Scrap Cotton Fabric (any color or pattern will do because you will not see it)
4-5 inch Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter
Sewing Thread (in matching color with the felt)
Fold your cotton fabric in half so that you are cutting through two layers. Trace the cookie cutter with a pen onto your cotton fabric. I am using an old plain white pillowcase.
Cut out the pattern following your traced line through both layers of fabric.
Fold your felt fabric in half so that you are cutting through two layers. Trace the cookie cutter with a pen onto your felt fabric.
Cut out the pattern following your traced line through both layers of the felt.
Layer your fabric in this order: cotton, felt, felt, cotton. Make sure the hearts line up.
Sew around the heart leaving a 1/4 inch seam and leaving about a 1 inch opening (be sure to backsew at both ends).
Trim within 1/8 inch of the sewn heart being sure to not cut through any sewn pieces.
Turn the heart inside out.
Place a funnel into your opening.
Scoop out 1.5-2 tablespoons of dried rice.
Pour the rice into the funnel right into your heart. You don’t want it overstuffed but full enough that you can’t feel fabric to fabric. Slip stitch the opening shut using the color coordinating thread and sewing needle.
Tadah! You just made the cutie patootie hand warmer!
Repeat the steps to make a second matching heart. To use the hand warmers: heat in the microwave between 25-45 seconds on high. Place in your gloves or mittens. My microwave takes 45 seconds but every microwave is different. Test your hand warmers first before giving them to a young child. You don’t want to burn their precious little hands! So please use common sense! This would make an awesome stocking stuffer. Tie a ribbon around your hearts with a label explaining how to use them. I found these cute little red and green bells at the dollar store (18 per package). The bells were strung together and I just cut the string and strung the bells directly onto my ribbon for a finishing touch.
Quick and easy, functional and sweet! Just the way I like my craft projects to be! Enjoy!
NOTE: It is filled with rice so it can’t get wet! Be sure to include that in your homemade tag! Here is a link to a Word document that has the tags I used: Handwarmer Tags. You can certainly change the fonts and font colors to make it your own! I used a tag design paper punch to punch out my homemade tags. That made it super easy!