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Easy Flannel Handwarmers

These handwarmers are a fun and easy sewing project that make great gifts! There are two options: one with exposed seams and pinked edges or one with all the seams enclosed inside the warmer. The exposed seam option works great if you would like to make your warmer into a shape instead of just square as you will not need to worry about turning any corners or curves.
 
Tools & Materials:
Small pieces of 100% printed cotton or cotton flannel
Disappearing marking pen- you may want to test your marking pen on a scrap of your fabric to ensure it disappears the way you would like it to
Scissors
Pinking Shears (for exposed edge handwarmer)
Funnel
Iron & ironing board (for enclosed seam handwarmer)
Rice
Cotton Thread to match fabric*
*As this project will be heated up many times 100% cotton thread must be used as the polyester may melt when heated
 
Type 1: Exposed Pinked Edge Handwarmers
  
Instructions for Cutting and Preparing for Sewing:
Shaped Warmer: If you would like to make your handwarmer into a shape instead of square, make sure to cut two squares of fabric at least ½” larger than your shape all the way around. Once your squares are cut out, mark the shape of your warmer using a disappearing ink marking pen. This line will be used as your sewing line. On one of the straight edges of your shape place two marks to indicate where you will start and stop sewing to create your opening for filling your warmer with rice. At least an inch sized opening is recommended to make it easy to fill. 
 
Square Warmer: Cut your squares 1” bigger than your desired size. For our example we cut a 4 1/2” square to end up with a handwarmer that will be closer to 3 1/2” when finished. In the centre of one of the straight edges of your square place two marks to indicate where you will start and stop sewing to create your opening for filling your warmer with rice. At least an inch sized opening is recommended to make it easy to fill.
 
 
With wrong-sides together, sew your front and back pieces together either following your marked sewing line (shaped warmer) or 1/2” from the edge of your square warmer. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing at the marks you applied during the last step. 
 
    
Trim around your warmer with pinking shears, trimming about half of the seam allowance away. 
 
  
Fill your warmer with rice. If you don’t have a plastic funnel, you can make one with a piece of paper by rolling it diagonally from corner to corner. In order to check how full your warmer is getting you can always place a couple pins across the opening and move the rice so the warmer lays flat. You don’t want to fill it too full as it will cause the warmers to become very stiff. 
 
Place pins to help keep the rice away from your opening while you sew it shut. Sew the opening closed by connecting your previous lines of stitching and making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. 
 
Warmer with Enclosed Seams
 
 
Instructions for Cutting and Preparing for Sewing:
Cut your squares 1” bigger than your desired size. For our example we cut a 6” square to end up with a handwarmer that will be 5” when finished. In the centre of one of the straight edges of your square place two marks on the inside of one of your pieces to indicate where you will start and stop sewing to create your opening for filling your warmer with rice. At least an inch sized opening is recommended to make it easy to fill.
 
Place your two squares right-sides together and sew with a 1/2” seam allowance, starting and stopping at your opening markings. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. 
 
   
Trim your seam allowance down to 1/4”. Press. Turn your warmer right-side out and press again. 
 
 
Fill your warmer with rice. If you don’t have a plastic funnel, you can make one with a piece of paper by rolling it diagonally from corner to corner. In order to check how full your warmer is getting you can always place a couple pins across the opening and move the rice so the warmer lays flat. You don’t want to fill it too full as it will cause the warmers to become very stiff.
 
Place pins to help keep the rice away from your opening while you sew it shut. There are two options for stitching this type of warmer closed- you can either slipstitch it by hand or sew it by machine (trying to get as close to the folded edge as possible). We choose to sew ours closed by machine. In order to be able to get really close to the edge for this step we switched to a zipper foot but you don’t have to do this if you are comfortable getting close to the edge with your regular machine foot. 
 
Congratulations on completing your handwarmer!

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