Hand Warmers Help Beat Old Man Winter
I made some larger projects using tartan polar fleece. As I needed to match the nap on the fleece I had several little pieces of fleece left over. My craft room is bursting right now so I came up with a couple of ideas to use up the scraps.
Hand warmers can be made out of any type of flannel, high quality felt or polar fleece material scraps you have laying around. These are so handy to have available when the brutal winter months cascade down on us.
I think they make really cute little gifts for stockings or the friends of your teenage girls. Everyone likes to keep warm. They cost next to nothing to make and take about 10 minutes. All you need is scrap material and pearl barley, or rice.
Directions for Hand Warmer
To make one hand warmer.
Take any scrap of material and cut into two 4 ” squares.
Pin the good sides together and sew all around the edges leaving a 1″ gap open for stuffing.
Do this again in a Zig Zag stitch as close to the edge as you can. (A double seam is nice to avoid barley leaking out)
Turn right side out and iron.
With a funnel add about 1/3 of a cup of pearl barley. Once it is as full as you want sew the open portion closed.
Repeat for the second hand warmer.
Warming the Hand Warmer
Heat with a microwave in 30 second intervals, once it is warm (not hot) place it in your pocket.
Caution: Don’t put this on for a couple of minutes and leave. Barley is a natural product so I suspect it can burn if left too long.
Thankfully we are having a warm November, I am sure by Christmas time these little bundles of warmth will be appreciated.