project: little-house-inspired hand warmer
This week I'm happy to be sharing a few projects and posts inspired by my recent rediscovery of Little House on the Prairie. I've been reading the books, and watching the television show, and getting others in the family to join my addition.
Back in the days of Laura Ingalls, traveling in the winter meant loading heated stones into the wagon to keep feel warm. Thankfully that's no longer needed, but keeping hands warm, even with car heaters, can be a challenge. These simple hand warmers are easy to make, and they really do keep your hands toasty warm!
You will need:
For each hand warmer, cut a piece of felt measuring 4 x 5.75 inches. Embroider a design in the middle. I chose a cross-stitched heart because it felt reminiscent of something one of the Ingalls girls might have stitched (I found a pattern with a quick Google search), but any small-ish design will do.
To embroider on felt, I usually trace the pattern onto tracing paper, then stitch through it all and tear the paper away. However, it was a huge pain with these x-stitches, so be warned if you want to try this method!
Fold the top and bottom around to form a tube, with an overlap of about .5 inches. Pin and sew across with the smallest stitches you can make.
Sew one end of the tube closed. It's easier to make these stitches a bit smaller.
Add 1/4 cup of rice.
Sew the other end closed.
Your hand warmer is finished, but you'll probably want to make two...one for each pocket! To warm these, just place in the microwave and heat for increments of 10 seconds until you reach the desired heat. Mine took 30 seconds. They'll stay warm for at least 20 minutes, maybe even a little longer!