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Back Pocket Hand Warmer
writes, "Stay toasty & warm at your early-morning bus stop with one of these "pockets" in your pocket. This would make the perfect present for your favorite crossing guard."

Back pocket from an old pair of jeans {no metal}
Rice {short grain brown rice works best & is available in bulk at WinCo}
Lavender {optional}
Sewing machine {or a needle & thread}
Microwave to heat
Some adult supervision and guidance

1) Cut
Cut out the back pocket of an old pair of jeans. Make sure you cut around the outside of the pocket so it stays sewn to the jeans fabric. IMPORTANT: Make sure your pocket is free of any metal rivets or decorations, as metal cannot be used in the microwave.

2) Fill
Fill your pocket with about a cup of rice, just so that the pocket is about half full. Sprinkle in some dried lavender blossoms.

3) Sew
Sew across the top to close it up. I sewed mine right along the existing stitches, using gold thread to match. Be sure to tack the beginning and end of your seams {sew back and forth a few times}. Sew slowly and carefully, as this is a very thick piece of denim.

4) Heat
Heat your pocket in the microwave for about 30 - 45 seconds.

5) Enjoy
Bring the warmth of home with you wherever you go.

Other ideas:
~ Try making a hand warmer with other sturdy fabric, like wool felt {from a felted sweater}.
~ Experiment with other scents - a chopped vanilla bean, rose petals, mint leaves, a chopped cinnamon stick.
~ Make a larger size for snuggling in bed.

Catie Eyer
Artist, mom, and blogger at http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com

Love this simple idea for old jeans I was going to throw out!

-- juliajacobson, Dec 03, 2012 05:05pm

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