Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine Conversation Heart Hand Warmer DIY Tutorial


When you live on a farm and raise animals, as so many of you know, there's no sleeping in, no hibernating in the house all winter. You are outside year round - when it's 100 degrees and humid, as well as when it's 16 degrees and windy. In the winter my hands are always cold, and mittens or gloves don't work well for doing barn chores, so that leaves my fingers exposed....and they get cold.  It's so nice to be able to plunge my hands into my coat pockets to warm up with these cute valentine conversation heart hand warmers.



Mine were inspired by a cute project shared on my blog last fall by Practically Functional that I pinned HERE, knowing that I would be making some for myself this winter. I changed them up a bit and decided to give mine a decidedly Valentine's theme and design them to look like conversation hearts instead.  I also made them a bit larger since my coat pockets are quite roony and the larger the warmer, the longer it retains heat.



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.

100 % Wool Felt Fabric  Bucket of Berries Color Story  Mulberry Felt Lavender Pink Felt Grey Felt Craft Supply

If you don't have any felt, feel free to use some cotton flannel or even an old thin sweater (cotton or wool only - synthetics can melt)

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:
  • 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.)

Cut two 5" squares of each color out of your felt. Then trim off the two bottom corners and continue cutting to form a heart shape.


Hand stitch your saying on one piece of each color ( I just free handed it, it doesn't have to be perfect) and then with right sides facing, stitch along the edge, leaving a 1" opening.



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.

BECAUSE LIFE IS JUST BETTER WITH CHICKENS!

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26 comments:

  1. I like your hearts!!! Nice and easy for kids to make!

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    1. Super easy! You could even skip the lettering if you wanted, but I think that makes them so cute. For kids you could make them a bit smaller also, try a 4" square instead.

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  2. What a useful and cute idea!! Understand what you mean about hands getting cold!!! Will have to make these for myself!!

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  3. I like this idea. I'm no great seamstress, so I love simple projects like this one. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Very cute! I just wanted to add, as a person who hates wearing gloves but also hates being cold. I found these gloves while visiting my son in California and really like them. They are Atlas nitrile gardening and work gloves and can be found online or in hardware stores for 5 dollars or less, and are as close to being barehanded as is possible. I love them and anyone I've given them too (we're all a bunch of glove haters) loves them too.

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  5. I tried making a pair for my mom for Christmas. I made sure to buy feed whole kernel corn at the feed store. I used flannel for the material. I couldn't even put them in the microwave for 10 seconds without it popping the kernels. I opened them up and it didn't turn into popcorn, they just sort of exploded. I have no idea what happened. I tried again with a neck wrap for me and the same thing happened. Any ideas why? Oh and rice or barley fillers just burned to a crisp at 15 seconds.

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  6. Very fun craft to make with the WeePeeps! thank you:)

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  7. Love the hearts! I made Christmas trees during the holidays....they've come in handy so many times!

    ~L

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  8. I made some small rectangular ones with rice, but they weren't nearly as cute as these! Never thought of using corn. :)

    ahumblebumble.blogspot.com

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  9. These are super cute! Anyone have any advice for those of us who don't have a microwave??

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  10. What a wonderful, clever idea! Thank you so much for sharing it in my Link Party. Hope to see you there next Tuesday, too.

    Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

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  11. I love this idea!! The hearts are so creative and unique. I am pinning this to try ASAP. I love the idea of using corn too... I can't wait to surprise my hubby with one.

    I would love for you to share this idea at our blog hop: http://www.sneakyspoons.com/2013/02/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop.html

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  12. Aw, those are adorable! Really cute! The possibilities are endless for designs too! *thinking thinking*

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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  13. Thank you for sharing these on Eco Kids Tuesday! I'm following you now, and I pinned these cute hearts to my Valentine's Day Board:http://pinterest.com/pin/48554502204759432/

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  14. Hi you have been featured over at Hibiscus House for this wonderful post. Please come on over and get your featured picture button to place on your blog. Thank you so much for linking up to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!
    http://hibiscushouse1.blogspot.com/2013/02/farmgirl-friday-blog-hop-95.html

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  15. Lisa your tutorial is wonderful. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  16. These are so sweet!! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! I featured you this week! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/fairy-finders-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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  17. Thank you for bringing these by Tumbleweed Contessa's party - What'd You Do This Weekend? These are the cutest idea! Love them.

    Have a sweet week! The Contessa (Linda)

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  18. So lovely conversations hearts, they can definitly keep every heart warm :-) thank you for the tutorial

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  19. I love the idea. These are cute little gifts. I want to make some soon.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/make-one-new-recipe-a-week-french-onion-soup-grilled-cheese-sandwich

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  20. Cute project, Lisa. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. The next party is live!! http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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  21. For those of you without a microwave, you can pop them in the dryer on hi heat for a minute. *These are super cute, by the way!*

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  22. For those of you without a microwave, you can pop them in the dryer on hi heat for a minute. *These are super cute, by the way!*

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  23. For those of you without a microwave, you can pop them in the dryer on hi heat for a minute. *These are super cute, by the way!*

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