I chose to use felt for my hand warmers. One warning about felt: most craft store felt is made from polyester that can melt in your microwave when you heat it, so don't use polyester craft felt. I was fortunate to have some old felt my Mom gave me that is made of wool, so that's what I decided to use. If you look, you can find 100% wool felt, such as this sold by Felt on the Fly. That is what you should use for this project.
As filler I chose to use whole kernel corn. The larger the filler, the longer it will retain heat and stay warm: 10-15 minutes for smaller filler like rice, up to half an hour or more for the larger fillers. Just don't use popcorn - you don't want your hand warmers exploding! I chose to use corn in mine. Our feed store sells feed corn for deer and squirrels which is perfect.
What you need:
Carefully trim around each heart as close to the stitching as you can.
Turn your heart right side out and then neatly machine top stitch along the seam stopping at your opening.
Fill your heart with the corn so it's firm but not too hard. Neatly hand stitch the opening closed and you're done! The hand warmers look so cute in a bowl on the counter and it's convenient to grab two, pop them in the microwave to heat them, and head down to the barn.
To use: Microwave your hand warmers for 40 seconds each (or 60 seconds for a pair). You can also toss them in the dryer for a few minutes. They should stay warm for half an hour or longer. That makes for nice toasty hands! As a sweet surprise, slip one into the jacket pocket of your significant other as you both head out the door.
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- Felt in pastel colors to mimic conversation hearts (pink, purple, green, yellow, white, etc)
- Coordinating thread
- Red embroidery floss/needle
- Corn (or other filler such as corn, beans, rice etc.)