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Pretty and practical for the winter months, these sweet little hand-warmers make lovely presents too. Easily made in an hour or two, from just a few left-overs, and a handful of dry rice. Pop in the microwave for a few seconds to heat, and you'll have nice warm hands and toasty pockets for up to half an hour.
For each handwarmer you will need:
2 rectangles of cloth - approx 20cm x 15cm
4 rectangles of cloth - approx 8cm x 8cm
1 cup of rice
2 x buttons
4cm x 8cm yellow felt (for beak)
Equipment: Pencil, Scissors, Pins, Needle, Sewing machine.
TO MAKE YOUR HANDWARMER ....
1. Print out the “Little bird handwarmer” pattern here (.pdf file). Cut out templates.
2. Place fabric for body right sides together. Draw round body template making sure there is at least 1cm seam allowance all the way around the template. Repeat for wings
3. Cut out body and wings, leaving 1cm seam allowance all the way around.
4. To make the beak, fold and glue together 2 pieces of yellow felt (to help reinforce). Cut out the beak.
5. Place beak in between the two body sections, and line up flat edge with edge of body - the pointy bit of the beak will be facing inside the body.
6. Sew along the pencil line, leaving an opening along approx 2cm wide through which to turn inside out. Carefully snip curves, and corner of tail, taking care not to cut through the seam. Repeat to make wings.
7. Turn body and wing sections inside out and press.
8. Topstitch 1cm from the edge around the body section, leaving an opening as before.
9. Fill the body of the bird with dried rice, then using an overstitch or slipstitch close the opening, and hand stitch 1cm from edge to complete topstitching around body.
TIP: To fill the body with rice, roll a piece of paper into a funnel with an opening at the pointy end. Insert this into the body opening and spoon rice into funnel.
10. Topstitch 2mm from the edge of the wings.
11. Hand stitch wings onto the body, and plastic or wooden buttons for eyes.
You're handmade handwarmer is now ready to heat in the microwave on high, for no longer than 30-40 seconds, please take care not to overheat.
Then pop in your pocket and warm your hands. To re-use your handwarmer, it's important to allow your handwarmer to cool completely before reheating.
Pattern not for resale.
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