I am always at a loss for fun, inexpensive (and fast) stocking stuffers. I always wait until the last minute and end up spending a ton of time buying stuffers that end up being almost more expensive than gifts I give!
This year I am trying to make plenty of fun items ahead of the big day- and this year I wanted to give something cute and toasty to the people I love. We will be heading up to Beaver Creek, CO after Christmas until the New Year- and it can get really chilly! On New Years Eve, the ski area hosts a “glowstick parade” of skiers heading down the slopes, followed by a firework display. It is beautiful- but often COLD! This year my loved ones will all be getting hand warmers to help keep us warm!
I’ve seen tons of these on Pinterest and wanted to make some fun warmers myself using some white felt scraps, and then embellished some of them with some adorable felt cutouts I had on hand. The whole project cost me nothing- and was done in under 5 minutes! Take that, Santa!
First, take two sheets of felt, and draw out your designs. I made a heart and a circle shape by drawing them with a marker. (You can trace the bottom of a cup, mug or bowl for a perfect circle).
Cut the shapes out, and sew almost all the way around them. I wanted to show my seams, so I didn’t turn it inside out- but if you’d like your warmers to look more like a pillow, with no exposed seams, go ahead and sew like you would a pillow.
Fill the warmer with rice, and finish off the seam where you had an open hole for the rice.
You can embellish with a felt cutout, or leave the warmers plain- whatever fits you the best! You can use a straight stitch or a zig zag- or I could have used white thread for an invisible seam, and embroidered over it. It is totally up to you how detailed or simple you can make these!
Microwave for 40 seconds and test warmth. If it isn’t warm enough, pop it back in for 20 seconds.
What are your favorite gifts made with items you already have on hand?
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