These Hot or Cold Packs Are Also Great for Warming Hands in Cold Weather!
Clever fabric pouches shaped like hot water bottles can be filled with whatever you like that will retain heat and cold. Pop them into the freezer or the microwave for soothing aches and pains.
The pattern includes instructions for two sizes. The smaller size makes handy pocket warmers for keeping hands toasty during cold weather.
The designer, A Little Crispy, recommends cherry pits for the filling and provides a source for purchasing them.
“Cherry pits hold their heat very well, smell delightful when heated, make a soothing sound when they rustle, and are machine washable. They don’t mold unless you put them away wet and won’t break down over the years.”
We’ve also seen people use rice, perhaps scented with some dried lavender or a few drops of essential oil. You have the option of making these packs completely sealed or with a removable insert.
They are very easy to sew up so make several while you’re at it. They’re thoughtful gifts that just about anyone will appreciate.
You can easily alter the embellishment, perhaps using a small orphan quilt block or nothing at all if you’re in a hurry. A lovely fabric may be all that’s needed.
The finished size is 8″ x 13″ for the large one and the small one is 5″ x 8″.
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