It’s cold out. There, I said it! It’s been a long time coming, but the temperatures are definitely chilly now in southeast Michigan. What are some of your family’s favorite cold weather activities? Hopefully crafting tops the list! If it does, merge a DIY mindset with a flair for practicality by making a set of mini pocket warmers. This quick-to-make project is perfect for practicing simple sewing. A small scoop of rice is the heating agent for this accessory; once they’re made all you need is a quick visit to the microwave before heading outdoors.
- Scissors and pinking shears
- Sewing machine and thread
- Embroidery floss and sewing needle (optional)
To get started you’ll need two small squares for each hand warmer. Cut two 3-inch squares from your felt with your regular scissors.
Next, trim each square with your pinking shears.
Before heading to the sewing machine, decide if you want to add a decoration to the front of your hand warmer as now is the time to do it! I added a small heart shape to the front of mine and sewed it into place with embroidery floss.
Stack your two pieces of felt together and pin. Sew down three sides of the squares, leaving the top open.
Add a small scoop of rice to the pouch you’ve created with your squares. Don’t fill it all the way to the top – you want to be able to pin the pouch flat to sew it shut in the next step.
Pinning across the top of the pouch, sew one final line across the last side. Once your threads are trimmed, you can place the hand warmer in the microwave for 30 seconds to heat up.