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We all have them. Old flannel shirts that hang in the closet year after year. Now trust me, there’s nothing better than a soft and warm fleece shirt on a crisp fall day, but often these closet gems are overlooked. If you’ve fallen victim to the “flannel passer-by syndrome” relax. We have a quick and comfy way to use flannel to stay warm well into the deep winter months. Flannel hand warmers are getting crazy attention and can even be a perfect way to remember hiking through the woods in your pioneer days.
All you need are a few flannel shirts. If you don’t want to give up the vintage trophies in your closet, stop by the local fabric store or even the local thrift shop to get a good deal, and pick out a few patterns you will enjoy.
You’ll need to cut out 4-inch and 5-inch squares from the flannel material of your choice. Make sure you keep them in pairs if you want the hand warmers to match. Or you can show your creative side and mix and match patterns for a unique twist. Pin two squares together and hop over to the sewing machine. Sew three of the four sides. On the fourth side leave a 1-inch gap. This is how you’ll fill the hand warmer.
Pull the little hand warmer inside out to bring the stitching to the inside of the pocket. With a small funnel, add dry rice until the pocket is about three-quarters full. Finally, tuck in the edges to close the hole and sew it shut. To use, simply microwave for 30-45 seconds and you’ll have a hand warmer perfect for any cool fall or winter day.
Additional suggestion: By adding a few drops of essential oils like clove, lavender buds, or other herbs to the rice, you can add a beautiful aroma to the hand warmers. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way and you’ll want to make sure you enjoy whatever fragrance you add, because you can’t change it once the hand warmers are sewn shut.
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