Friday, 6 April 2012

Fabric Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial

my first crafty tutorial, even though it is now Springtime and today is in fact Good Friday we still saw a touch of snow earlier in the week! Which means that these handwarmers are essential during a scottish summer!

First choose your fabrics, you dont need alot and you need to make sure your fabric is not the flimsy type so i choose a mixture of tweeds and tartans and also some pastelly cottons.

next fold your fabric in half and using a heart template draw around it in pencil or chalk and cut it out. You will be able to find free heart templates on this site - heart template. I used the biggest heart for my ones.

Embroider words using chain stitch - I opted to for BRRR!! or LOVE. Attach vintage buttons on the front of the other ones. These will be going into the microwave make sure you don't choose metal buttons!!

With right sides facing sew around the hearts with a running stitch

Turn inside out and fill with rice or lentils. I infused my rice with some smelly essential oils first to give these hearts  a luscious scent. Before you fill you may want to to give your hearts a press to give it a more rounded heart shape.

Finally close with a invisible ladder stitch ... i found this diagram useful - ladder stitch. And voila you have some cute handwarmers to keep those digits cosy! Microwave these cuties for 30 secs.

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