Project 1: Owl Handwarmers
My Pinspiration (above) was a picture of little stuffed owls that someone suggested could be little handwarmers. Clicking through the links didn’t turn up any tutorials or templates, but it seemed easy enough to do.
I started by making a template (How-To here!) and cutting out fabric from a pile of Amy Butler fat quarters. I used twoonie-sized circles of felt for the white parts of the eyes and penny-sized in charcoal grey for the pupils and little golden diamonds for the beak. I sewed the faces on with an embroidery foot first, and then put the right sides of the pieces together and sewed them together except for a gap at the bottom for turning them out.
Fill them with about 3/4 cups of rice and turn in the seam and sew it over twice. Done!
To heat, put the pair in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds. Hear that? 30 seconds and no longer! There is definitely a risk of burning the rice inside if you nuke em for too long. Also, you could burn your fingers. If you’re thinking “doesn’t felt melt in the microwave?” you’re very smart. I tested out my felt with a little piece on a plate in the microwave before I used it and it was fine. Test yours first or use cotton instead.
When they’re nice and toasty, slip them in your pockets or mitts to keep your fingers warm when you go outside this winter. A great way to motivate kids to get dressed to go outside and wait for the bus or to warm up cold fingers after playing outside.
I’m really happy with how these turned out- I made a pair for my sister at university, and her room mate, and now her other friends are asking for some too. Anyone want to buy a few pairs for stocking stuffers? All proceeds to Safe Refuge!
They’re really fun to use and easy to make too- I definitely recommend this project. Glad I picked it for my first of 31. Check back for more!
Update: A big shout-out to everyone visiting Natasha Goes from Pinterest and Flamingo Toes– I’ve been sick all day and having you all visiting has been cheering me up a little. You’re the best! Leave some love in the comments- I’d love to hear about the crafts you’re working on!