I had such a great response from the DIY Heat Pack I did a while ago that I thought doing a mini version, perfect for Christmas gifts, was definitely in order!
If you live in the northern hemisphere and winter is descending upon you, I’m sure these sweet little pocket warmers would really come in handy! They’d be a welcome gift for just about anyone (make them from their favourite fabrics and colours!), or would even make the perfect stocking stuffers!
They’re super quick and easy to make, so lets get to it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cotton fabric
- Uncooked rice
- Essential oil (optional)
- Pinking Sheers
- Fabric Scissors
- Pencil (normal, or fabric pencil)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Something round to trace around
- Funnel (optional)
Start by choosing your front and back fabrics, and place them wrong sides together. Use something round to trace a circle onto the fabric using your pencil. Keep in mind that this will be the line you sew around (mine was approx. 7cm (2 3/4″) diametre).
Cut out a square of fabric around your circle, making sure to leave at least 3cm (1″) around the outside. At this point, if you’d like to embroider anything onto your fabric you can. I just used some wool to highlight some of the flowers, but this is totally optional.
Sew around the circle as carefully as you can, leaving a small gap (approx. 1.5cm or 1/2″) wide in the stitching – this is where you’ll pour the rice.
If you’re using essential oil, place some rice into a bowl and add a drop or two of oil, mix. Pour the rice through the hole you left in the stitching (a funnel might help here), and fill the circle until it’s sufficiently full but not bursting. Take it back to the sewing machine and close up the hole.
Cut around the outside of the circle (not too close to the stitching) using your pinking sheers.
That’s it! Now go throw them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, pop them in your pockets, and feel the warmth :)
Note: It’s probably a good idea to put them on a plate in the microwave to help keep them clean.
And as always, you can find all my other DIYs over here :)