So I have a silly sense of humor... these little hand warmers are perfect if you have to be waiting outside or walking outside on a chilly winter's day. Slip one in each pocket to keep you hands toasty warm.
They are very simple to make using an easy pattern and sewing technique. I fill mine with rice as it is cheap and easy for me to get but I have heard of other options that you can check on the web.
Make a basket full to have handy by the front door for the whole family or make a bunch (litter?) to use as stocking stuffers for Christmas or as easy inexpensive gifts.
You must use 100% cotton material for this project as some polyester blends can smell and even catch on fire in a microwave. Make sure that the thread you are using is also cotton.
Read through the instructions first as my pattern cutting is a bit different from the normal.
Print out the pattern (I just copied the image to Publisher and printed) and cut it out of card stock or stiff cereal board.
Take your piece of fabric that is 7" x 11" and fold in half so it is 7" by 5-1/2" and press. Using a pencil or white sewing pencil trace that pattern on the wrong side of your fabric. The good side of the fabric will be on the inside.
You are going to be sewing the pencil tracing of the pattern starting just on the back end and around the tail over the body and stopping just after the back heel so the back end stays open. It is difficult to see here as I sewed red thread on red fabric.
When you have completed sewing cut the excess fabric from around the pattern leaving about quarter of an inch of fabric from the stitching. Where there are corners you are going to snipe into the corners but don't cut into the sewing. Where the tail end, ear tip, heel and toe is cut off the excess fabric at the very tip but again don't cut into the sewing.
Turn the dog inside out and taking a dull pointed object like a knitting needle or a pen that has a cap on it, push the corners out to make them look crisp. Don't push too hard. Press with an iron making sure that the edge of the un-sewn back end is on the inside of the doggy.
Loosely fill the doggy with rice, you don't want it to be full as the raw rice will expand if over heated. Hand sew the back side shut.
Microwave in 10 second increments to check how warm it gets, if you over heat it the rice will burn inside the bags. My doggies take 20 seconds to heat in my microwave but everyone's microwaves are different and your could take a bit shorter or longer.
Because to their funny shapes these actually sit nicely on my shoulders to sooth my neck and shoulder pains, I can't put them directly from the microwave to my shoulders as they are too hot.
There you have it, your Hot Dog Hand Warmer!
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Copyright Ingrid Talpak 2010
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