I’ve been wanting to whip up some hand warmers for years, since the time I saw a rather posh version in a rather posh magazine. As I am neither posh nor fancy, I postponed the task until now, and take my own little, unfancy stab at it.
Warm Hands Warm Heart Craft
1/4 yard fleece
beans, rice, flax or deer corn
Cut small hearts from fleece, cutting two for each heart, but a total of four for a pair. I made a template using my cricut because I can not draw a straight line. You can make a heart, or squares or circles or whatever shape strikes your fancy. I used hearts because we made ours around Valentine’s Day.
Measure out a length of embroidery floss, and separate two strands from the length. Thread the double strand through the needle and take up a stitch through one point between the two rounded shapes of the heart, loop around to secure the two pieces together. Take up a straight stitch around the heart until nearly closed.
Before closing, fill the heart with a small amount of beans, peas, rice, deer corn or flax seed. If you’re feeling really frisky, add some essential oils like lavender for a fun little kick.
Continue stitching around and tie off with a knot. Make a total of two.
After heating in the microwave, you can insert the hand warmers into your pocket and keep those hands toasty on the sidelines of winter sports, the bus stop, the playground or any other crazy cold outdoor adventures in the cold.
Tie with a bow and include directions to heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds if you’re going to give them as a gift.