Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart Felt Pocket Warmer Tutorial


Valentine's Day is drawing near, and many of us are sitting in some pretty cold temperatures this time of year. 

Not long ago I came across these on Etsy (created by WormeWoole)...
Pocket Hand Warmers Fleece VANILLA CREAM Hearts Eco Friendly by WormeWoole

These adorable little fleece hearts are re-usable pocket warmers!
With three kiddos on the go, I thought these would be the perfect thing for our cold morning runs to school.  Pop them in the microwave for 25 seconds, toss them in their pockets, and we're out the door.

So simple to make.... are you ready??

Supplies Needed
- Fleece, I used 4 - 4" x 3.5" pieces for each pair
- Thread
- Rice, about 1/3 cup for each pair
Optional: Pinking Shears, Funnel

Directions

1. Cut your hearts!  I made a paper pattern by folding a piece of paper in half and shaping it until I was happy with the result.  My heart pattern was approximately 4" wide and 3.5" tall. Then I cut out all of the hearts I needed from the fleece.  You will need 4 fleece hearts for each pair.

2. Start Sewing!  Match two hearts, back-sides of the fabric together, and stitch around them as you see in the photo above.  Make sure to leave a small opening!  I used a 1/4" seam allowance.

    
3.  Fill 'er Up!  I found it helpful to use a funnel to add the rice to each pocket warmer.  Fill them with as much rice to get a fairly plump result... but don't go over-board!  The more rice inside, the harder it will be to sew your opening closed!

 4.  Close it Up!  You might want to hand sew here... I don't have time for that sort of thing!  I held things together and ran the fleece through the machine to sew my opening closed.  Here's proof that I'm not perfect ;)  See what I mean about stuffing these full of rice?

5.  Trim Your Edges!  Ok, so this isn't necessary... and if you don't own a pair of pinking shears, skipping this step isn't going to make these any less functional.  I just thought a little edge would dress them up a bit.

.. and Viola!!

How To Use
Pop these in the microwave for 25 seconds, and stick in your pockets for up to an hour of warmth.  Be careful NOT TO OVERHEAT, as these can get very hot.  Test them out before you pass them onto your little ones.  They can be used over and over again.  Just keep dry!

The Downside... they aren't washable... but being so simple and inexpensive, they are easy enough to whip up when you need a new pair.

I made a pair for each of my kiddos...

My daughter says they make nice eye-warmers too.  Perhaps mom can use these when she puts her feet up!

Super simple!  I'm thinking these would make some pretty sweet little Valentines.
What do you think?

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! Wish I had a sewing machine :| Thank you for this great idea and tutorial! You've got a new follower! Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

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  2. My hearts got misshaped really fast, is there any way to avoid this?

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    1. Hi Sarah! I found that the fleece I was using didn't have much stretch to it, so it wasn't a problem. However, if you do find it stretching I would suggest pinning your hearts together before sewing. This will help minimize any stretching. I skip pinning when I can, but this may be helpful to you.

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  3. Love!! We're getting crazy snow right now. I'm totally making these today! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  4. I am going to make these for my grandkids as part of their Valentines gifts...a little something from their Nonnie to remind them how much I LOVE them....thanks for the idea.....

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  5. Is it safe to put fleece in the microwave? I've heard it melts easily, but maybe 20 seconds isn't enough.

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  6. Hi Tammy,
    I have never heard that myself, but I think that, like anything, it could be a problem if you heat it up for too long. The rice itself could get really hot to the point of causing the fleece to melt if left to microwave too long. Just be careful not to heat them for longer than 30 seconds, and I'm sure you'll have nothing to worry about. :)

    I have also heated up flaxseed filled eye masks in a crock pot, though that will take longer. One day I had forgotten about the crock pot being on (and not realizing it would ever be a problem), and the flax had burnt inside, burning the fabric (no flame). Ack!

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  7. Great tutorial! I really like the edges. It does dress them up! I had the same pin pinned! Hehe. I haven't made any yet though. By the time I do it might be summer time :/ But it's on my list! And I've pinned your tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Cute! I think these would be perfect to give the teachers who work in the car line!

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  9. These are perfect little prezzies and great for the chilly toronto weather!

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  10. The kids are all grown (not that they wouldn't like these reusable warmers), but as cold as my heads get...sounds like I am picking up some fleece at JoAnn's this week!
    A warm thank you!

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  11. Thanks for the idea!

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  12. Love this! Pinning!

    Natasha xx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  13. I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine's Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays.html

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  14. Thank you for the tutorial! I saw these on Pinterest as well but cannot bring myself to spend $12 when they are so easy to make at home. Making these for Valentines gifts.

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