Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday Thoughts

It's winter.

So, so winter. It's in the single digits outside, it's dark out. I'm wearing a sweater AND pants (yes, and pants) and I'm still cold. I'm also wearing socks. And underwear. It's so cold, my root beer burst in my car while I was inside sick with the flu (I should have known better - this is not the first time this has happened). 

All I wanna do is grumble grumble grumble in this post. But that's not what you guys want to hear, right? 

So I'm going to work on a fun project and get back to you. 

2 hours later......

Ok, I'm back and feeling a little better about life. This year I'm going to surprise my nieces and nephews with Valentine's packages. Who doesn't love receiving presents in the mail, right? Plus I love those buggers. Also, I'm a spinster. 

Since it's so, so, so cold lately (did I mention that?) I thought I'd make them something to keep their little hands warm when they're walking to school, or just have to be outside for a bit. So this evening, I made them some hand warmers for their coat pockets (I am going to do a more masculine version for the 6 yr old boy, and a more teenage version for the teenager since these would mortify him). 

Here's what you need! 
  • Fleece
  • A shape to trace
  • Scissors
  • Needle/thread and/or sewing machine

1. To start, you cut out your shape (two pieces of fleece for each hand warmer) - I printed off a heart shape to trace. 

2. Then you sew it closed most of the way around, leaving about and inch open.

3. Turn it inside out, then fill it with rice (uncooked rice.... did I need to say that?).

4. Sew up the gap by hand. 

And there you have it! Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and it'll stay warm your whole walk to the bus stop (not guaranteed - I mean, I have no idea how long your walk to the bus stop is). And they will keep those little hands warm. 

Oh! I almost forgot step 5: Don't look too closely at mine. I am not a seamstress by any means. But my heart is in the right place! Oh dang, I just made a pun and I didn't even mean to. 

Happy Wednesday!


Katherine said...

They're so cute!!! And soft, even though maybe you can't tell in the pics. I love them!!! It makes me sad when it's in the negative double digits - no thank you!!! But these are sure to cheer anyone (eh hem....) up!!

NecropolisHerbs said...

So good.

violet50 said...

What a good idea! They'll love them and they are so cute!

Christi said...

These are so cute, I want to make these! What kind of fabric did you use for the boys. Did you still do heart shapes?

D said...

If you put them in the freezer they make awesome boo bags too. My boys get growing pains at night and these are perfect to help with that.