Kitty Cat Hand Warmers

My Cat Hand Warmers for those that saw my  Hot Dog- Hand-Warmers and have been asked on a few occasions if I would design cats.

So here are my Kitty Cat Hand-Warmers, sure to make you purr. They are wonderful to have in your pockets on a cold day and are small enough that they don't take up a lot of room.

These are great fabric stash busters. You could even sew them up in colors that match your own feline. Think about having a basket of both the dog and cat hand warmers by your front door. 

These make great  handmade gifts for friends and family. These are quite simple to make but you must use 100% cotton fabric and cotton thread because some polyester blends can smell odd when they are being heated up in the microwave and they might even catch on fire.

I fill my hand warmers with rice but there are other options that you can research on the web.<div>Read through the instructions first as my pattern cutting is a bit different from the normal

Kitty Cat Hand Warmers Tutorial

Print out the  Kitty Cat Hand Warmer.pdf of the pattern.

Cut out the pattern in either card stock or cereal card.

Take your piece of fabric that is 8" x 14" and fold in half so it is 8" by 7" 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 leg by the belly around the tail over the body and stopping just after the front leg so the stomach stays open. 

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 cat 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 stomach is on the inside of the kitty.

Loosely fill the cat with rice, you don't want it to be full as the raw rice will expand if over heated.  Hand sew the stomach shut.

Microwave in 10 second increments to check how warm it gets, if you overheat it the rice will burn inside the bags. My hand warmers take 20 seconds to heat in my microwave but everyone's microwaves are different and your could take a bit shorter or longer.

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