There’s been a chill in the air lately, and the kids have been having a hard time not being able to go outside to play. And to tell you the truth, so have I. They sure can get rowdy inside this house when they haven’t been out to run and play for a while. So I started sending them out for short intervals to play, but they quickly got cold and came running back inside.
So I decided to make them some mini heat pads (you can see my full tutorial for the big ones on Fry Sauce & Grits) that I can heat up in just 30 seconds and will keep their little hands warm. They can put them inside their gloves or stick them in a coat pocket.
I started with some washcloths that I bought on black Friday. a 6-pack for just $1 at Walmart. But don’t worry, they are still only $1.98 for the pack now. I wanted them to be fun and festive, so I used some RIT dye and colored them different colors.
I started by cutting the washcloth down to size. I figured the size I wanted, then doubled the width so that I wouldn’t have to sew an extra size. These came to 2″x4″ which will make the end result 2″x2″. Then using a tight zig zag stitch, sew up 2 of the sides to create a pocket.
Fill full of rice (don’t use minute rice) but don’t stuff it too full.
Now sew up the 3rd side using the same stitch. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end.
You are all done! Then when you want to use it, all you need to do is throw it in the microwave to heat it up. This really only takes 20-30 seconds in the microwave. Make sure to test the temperature to make sure it is not too hot for your kids.
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