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Homemade Pocket Warmers

Homemade Pocket Warmers via {In Our Gumboots}

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of winter. I spend the vast majority of the season layering jumpers, hiding under beanies and hovering around the warmest spot by the fireplace {whilst receiving disgruntled looks from our cat, Winnie!}. But with the winter school holidays in full force, and an amazing adventure to the Mount Buller snowfields on the agenda, I spent the first week of the holidays strategically planning how to keep warm while playing outside. That’s when I discovered pocket heat packs!

There are so many commercially made varieties available but, true to form, I wanted to avoid the “made-from-plastic-and-goodness-knows-what-unpronounceable-chemicals variety” and create some more natural homemade versions instead.

Here is what we came up with…

Homemade Pocket Warmers via {In Our Gumboots}

These little heat packs were incredibly easy to sew! My eldest was desperate to help and wanted to create her own pocket warmers so this proved to be an excellent first-time sewing project.

First, we cut our fabric into circles – we used a coffee mug as a template {oh, so technical!}.

Then we placed them right sides facing and sewed around the outside leaving approximately ¼ inch seam allowance. We sealed the beginning and end of the stitching with back stitch.

Homemade Pocket Warmers via {In Our Gumboots}

We turned them inside out and used a funnel to fill them with rice.

Once they were a good size to fit in our pockets we carefully hand-stitched them closed.

To warm them up we heated them in the microwave for 10 seconds and popped them in our pockets.* Viola! Perfect little pocket warmers to keep our fingers toasty!

We also found that we could pop them in the freezer to double as mini ice packs for mild injuries {their placebo effect is outstanding!}.

These homemade pocket warmers are a great little project and would make thoughtful little gifts as well! I know a few teachers who would love them to keep their hands warm during winter yard duties!

Stay warm!

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*Please note that microwave times may vary depending on your microwave, the size of your pocket warmer and how much rice you fill them with. Heat them slowly until you find the right temperature. Beware: they may be hot!

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