Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Stay Warm with Owl Hand Warmers

Is it cold your way? Chances are you're probably affected by the winter chill, since much of the United States has been hit with freezing weather.  I have no reason to complain since the weather in my home town has stayed relatively warmer than the rest the nation! We've been hovering around 27 - 32 degrees F.  Which leads me to think of creating things to help me feel and stay warmer.

A few days before Thanksgiving, one of my daughters asked me to make her an owl hand warmer because her daughter loves, loves, LOVES owls. She sleeps with two stuffed owls and has owl pajamas, which she loves so much that when her mother (my daughter) takes them off of her in the mornings, she cries!  Which is understandable because she isn't quite two yet, and let's face it, footie pajamas are just so cozy.

My daughter sent me the link to a project on the Thirty Days blog called Sweet Stocking Stuffer – Handmade Owl Heat Pack.   There was a free pattern on this site, which means an easy project for me to tackle. Of course I added a few tweaks here and there, because that's just what I do.  I added about 1/4" extra width onto the basic owl shape pattern piece because I wanted to be able to have a finished, enclosed seam instead of leaving the edges raw.  I also machine embroidered around the eyes and the beak. I used a bunch of leftover fabric pieces and created seven of these owls before my trip. To transport the hand warmers, I left the owls unstuffed since they would be lighter and smaller to pack.  At her home, I filled the owls with rice, hand closed the openings and gave an owl hand warmer to each family member that joined us for this holiday.  FYI - these owls don't need a lot of rice to fill them - I purchased two huge bags and if my daughter made 20 more of these hand warmers, she'd probably still have rice left over.  I'm guessing they need about 3/4 of a cup per owl.  The weather was relatively warm at her house. I remember the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, it got up to 70 degrees... but oh how the weather has changed since that day!

This morning, I was thinking that I needed to make a few more of these to keep me warmer!  I will add my stamp of approval to this Thirty Days project.

xoxo Grandma
As seen on these linky parties: The Life of Jennifer Dawn, Diane Rambles, 2 Crochet Hooks
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