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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boys Will Be Boys . . . So Hand Make Their Toys: Superhero Hand Warmers

Superhero Hand Warmers

It's gotten pretty darn cold, pretty darn fast.  We're very lucky because my oldest son's bus comes right to the driveway, but since he can have any where from 3 to 5 different bus drivers a week, all with a seemingly different idea of who should get picked up when, we tend to stand at the end of the driveway from anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes.  Since we live in Scandinavia, that means we get cold.
DIY Superhero Hand Warmers

With that in mind, and a need for small gifts that will fit in those lovely stockings we've hung by the fire with care, I made the boys each a set of hand warmers. This is one of those presents you can work on while you relax in front of your favorite TV show after the kiddos are asleep.

- 100 % wool felt scraps (Do not skimp here!!! I have no idea what would happen to a poly blend when you throw it into the microwave to heat up, but I'm guessing it would be something along the melting lines.)
- Superhero Font (download here)
- 3 inch diameter circle to trace
- water soluble marking pen
- short grain rice
- small funnel or envelope/zip-lock bag with a corner cut off
- thread and needle

Step 1:  Cut out 3 inch base circles for each hand warmer.  Then either hand draw or use the font provided in the supply list to make each superhero logo.  I went with the hand drawn method, but the font has pretty much any of the superhero symbols you can imagine. Also cut a 3 inch diameter circle for each backing.

Step 2:  Glue the pieces together to form your hand warmer front.  Optional: sew around each piece for added security.

Step 3: With right sides together, sew around the circle, back stitching at the beginning and end and leaving a 2 inch circle at the top for filling"

Step 4:  Turn right side out and fill with rice or lentils.

If you don't have a funnel hanging around, simply cut one corner from a zip lock bag,

and place the hole inside the hand warmer.

Be careful not to over fill the hand warmers.  You'll want to leave enough space to turn each side under.

Use a slip stitch to close up each opening.

Simply place each hand warmer in the microwave for about 30 seconds, place in your coat pocket, and enjoy the warmth of nice toasty hands while awaiting the bus.

Superhero Hand Warmers

Added benefit, if you don't live in a cold winter climate, these make great bean bags.

The boys in this house love superheros but if your little one is into Backyardigans, Super Mario Brother's, or Star Wars, feel free to follow the same process changing up the "faces" of each hand warmer.  And then e-mail me a pic, cause' I want to see them.

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  1. My nephew would love the darth vador one

  2. I follow boy oh boy on Facebook

  3. I follow if only they would nap on Facebook

    If you keep these in the freeze, they make good cold packs for owies, too

  4. What a *brilliant* idea! My boys would love those hand warmers. Perfect for the school run now it's a bit snowy here.

  5. So cute!! I made some handwarmers out of faux velvet, and they worked well. I love the felt patterns!

  6. Those are great! I would love to invite you to link up at Fall Into the Holidays-

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  7. It is not cold enough where I live to need hand warmers, so I love the idea to use these as bean bags!


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