by CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
(You can keep these in the freezer and use as an ice pack or heat for 30 to 45 sec. in the microwave as a hand warmer.)
What you need
Fabric (I used cotton)
Essential Oil (I used lavender)
Heart Stencil (optional)
Step 1 – Take your fabric and fold it in half so the raw side is out and pattern side in. Draw half of a heart about 7 – 8 inches wide with a pencil or use a stencil on the fold.
(Note: You will need two hearts for one heart hand warmer/ice pack. So, you can use one heart to trace and make the other.)
Step 2 – Cut your heart halves out and unfold. Then, align the hearts together before you start sewing or pin together in the center.
Step 3 – Sew the hearts together and leave about an inch or two of an opening to add the rice. Then, create a funnel with your cardstock that will fit in the opening you left unsewn.
Step 4 – Transfer some rice into a small cup and add one to two drops of essential oil. Lavender works really well! Cover the cup with one hand and shake the rice to coat the grains with the oil.
Step 5 – Use the handmade funnel to put the rice inside the heart and be sure not to fill it up all the way so you can stitch it up.
Step 6 – Finally, sew the opening together and cut the heart’s border to your liking and you’re done!