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DIY Valentine Hand-Warmers!

Jan26

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It’s still quite cold outside in February so we decided we’d make some hand-warmer Valentines!

What’s better to give than the gift of warm hands after all and of course there’s always the wonderful idea of walking around with a cozy warm heart in your pocket. The messages to go along with these funny little hearts are endless.

hand-warmers

Here’s how to make the hand-warmers:

supplies

First you’ll need to gather your supplies:

1. 100% cotton or 100% wool fabric. This is very important because your hand-warmers will need to be able to be microwaved and anything with synthetic fibers will melt, smoke or burn in the microwave. You don’t really want to be giving away charred hearts on valentines! (Well, unless you’re giving them to your ex but that’s a different post.)

2. Feed corn (not popcorn), rice or any kind of hard, dried bean like a split pea or lentil.

3. Thread or yarn (again make sure it’s 100% cotton or 100% wool)

4. All the regular sewing supplies: scissors, pins, a pointy-ended crewel (a heavy needle with a head big enough to thread yarn) if you’re going to be doing a blanket stitch or a sewing machine if you are not.

5. A funnel

cozy on a cold day

If you want to make the blanket-stitched felt hearts like the ones above you’ll need to cut your hearts out of your 100% wool felt. Wool felt is a little harder to find but some fabric stores carry it and many have it available online. Just make sure that it’s all wool and not a rayon blend (for the safety reasons listed above) .

The rest is easy. Simply cut out your hearts and stitch them up with a blanket stitch. If you aren’t familiar with how to do a blanket stitch I recommend doing a search on YouTube for some easy tutorials. (That’s what I did.)

blanket stitch

Then fill it with feed corn or beans with a spoon (not rice for this version because the small grains will escape through your stitches) and stitch it the rest away. Easy peasy!

If you’re making hand-warmers with other fabrics that fray on the ends, you’ll want to sew them with a sewing machine. I’m not the most experienced seamstress on the planet but here are the basic steps I followed:

steps

1. Choose your fabrics: again make sure it’s 100% wool or cotton (for the safety reason listed above). This can include suiting-material, flannel or even some pretty home-decorating materials. When you’re shopping at fabric stores the fabric blends will be printed on the end of the cardboard spool.

2. Cut your hearts, keeping in mind that your actual heart will be a seam-allowance-width smaller than your shape. (I did this wrong a few times and ended up with pointy wide hearts.)

3. Making sure your fabric is wrong-side-out, stitch around the edge but leave a small 1-1.5 inch opening to put your filling in later.

4. Snip your corners. Just be careful not to accidentally snip your threads. (Kids will have a tendency to want to use these as bean-bags so you’ll want to make them durable.)

5. Turn inside-out, press if you’re the ironing type, and fill with rice using your handy dandy funnel. (Or spoon in your other filling of choice.)

6. Stitch the opening closed and you’re done!

mmm....warm!

For use: just stick them in the microwave for 30 seconds (less or a bit more depending on your microwave) and they’re ready to hand out! Mmmmmmmmm….. warm and toasty! Perfect for your little Valentine!

stack and give

If you want to hand them out as Valentines you could wrap with a simple printed Valentine message and include the microwaving instructions like so (for safety, remind your recipient not leave the warmers unattended when microwaving for the 30 seconds).

About the author

Brenda Ponnay

http://secret-agent-josephine.com
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.


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6 Responses to “DIY Valentine Hand-Warmers!”

  1. Lori Feb 02 at 3:35 pm Reply Reply

    You can also throw them in the freezer — we use them almost daily as boo-boo bags!

  2. Amanda Feb 11 at 5:31 pm Reply Reply

    Do you have a pattern you used? I don’t see a link on the post and your hearts are the perfect shape and size….

  3. Donna Duffy Feb 10 at 12:42 pm Reply Reply

    can make large hearts and use on aches and pains too.

  4. Jane Jan 19 at 9:38 am Reply Reply

    They hardly make cotton thread anymore.  I was looking through my thread and it was all polyester except some of my mothers very old thread on wooden spools with a ten cent price sticker on it!  When did they start to make only polyester thread?

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