Since its gotten considerable colder here in Kansas the last few days(actually starting to FEEL like January!), I thought it would be nice to make my husband a set of hand warmers for him to take to work with him. These hand warmers incredibly simple to make(even if you can’t sew) and you probably already have all the supplies you need. They also make great gifts for anyone who is outside for an extended period of time.
Wheat Hand Warmers
- Fleece Scraps(at least 4×4″)
- Wheat Kernels(or rice)
- Herbs(Optional for Added Scent- Please omit the herbs if making for a hunter)
- Cardboard or stiff paper
- Needle & Thread
For this project, I used some lightweight fleece that I had left over from making a fleece cooler for Twitch. The wheat I had because I decided that I wanted to plant wheat in my garden when I moved here..unfortunately it only comes in 50lbs bags so I now have 49.5lbs of wheat seed still sitting on my porch. Whoops. The paper was a divider in a 5 subject notebook that I just pulled out. Use whatever color thread you feel like.
Start by drawing a heart on your paper or cardboard. The trick to drawing a perfect heart is to only draw one side. To show you what I mean, I drew the left side which looks pretty good & then attempted to draw the right side. Unless you are just that good(or Chuck Norris), drawing two perfectly symmetrical sides is next to impossible. Draw your one good side & then fold your paper in half down the middle of the heart. This way no matter what shape your heart is, both sides will be the same.
Not bad huh?
Trace your heart pattern onto the fabric with a sharpie or fabric pen.
Next sew around the edges in whichever stitch you feel comfortable using. I choose something incredibly basic because I was trying to do it one handed while holding a baby(okay really I’m just not that good at sewing…although I really was holding a baby! lol) Just remember handmade does not have to be perfect! That is the charm & beauty of something handmade that makes it so special. If people want perfect, they can go buy computer/machine assembled products from China.
Using a piece of paper, a funnel or just your hands, stuff the hearts full of wheat or rice. You want them pretty full.
The final product.
Throw in the microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy!