Crikey, it’s a bit cold isn’t it?! Here in the UK, the frosty winter mornings have been sweeping across the country – and Brits have been responding in style, with wooly jumpers and bobble hats galore.
I don’t know about you, but I actually love the cold weather. I like wrapping up warm and going for a walk over frozen terrain. But you know what I don’t like? Cold hands! Ain’t nobody got time for that. That’s why I whipped up this gentlemanly DIY tweed hand warmer last weekend. It’s filled with uncooked rice, which, believe it or not, can be microwaved and holds heat really efficiently. So all you need to do is whack this guy into a microwave on high for 20 seconds and – ta-dah! – instant DIY hand warmer, that can be used over and over again. For a bit of fun, I made it into a moustache shape and covered it with tweed… spiffing!
DIY tweed hand warmer
- A small piece of tweed
- A small piece of backing fabric
- Matching cotton thread
- A needle
- A pencil
- A scrap of paper
- Uncooked rice (any type should do)
- Sketch your chosen hand warmer shape onto some thin card then cut it out neatly. Make sure you add a seam allowance around all edges too (approximately 1cm should do).
- Use the card shape as a stencil to draw the design on to two pieces of fabric. These pieces of fabric will form the basic structure of your hand warmer. (I used arthritis Harris Tweed for the front and heavy cotton for the reverse.) Cut out the fabric shapes.
- Place the two fabric shapes together (right side to right side), and pin all of the edges together neatly.
5. With all the pins removed and most of the edges sewn together, cut a series of notches around the edges. This will make it less bulky when you turn it the right way round.
6. Turn the hand warmer inside out through the gap you left (so that the right sides are now on the outside).
7. Carefully pour some uncooked rice into the hand warmer, through the small gap. Aim to fill it as much as you can, whilst still leaving room to sew the gap closed. Make sure all the corners are padded out with rice.
8. Finally, use a needle and thread to sew closed the gap with a hidden stitch.
To use your DIY tweed hand warmer, simply place it into a microwave and heat for 20 seconds (or until it’s warm to the touch). It should stay nice and toasty for a good 20-30 minutes; enough time for a brisk walk out in the chilly winter air! – Mike.
Don’t forget to Pin this image, so you can make it later: