Saturday, 23 June 2012

Craft - Mini Heat Pack Owls

The girls in my family (well a few of us) have developed an addiction. An addiction to Pinterest. It's awful, it takes up hours of our time scrolling and pinning and has started to make our heads hurt from overflowing ideas.

We decided the best way to tackle this problem was to once a month get together and have a craft day. Today was the first one and it was fantastic. We all had our own little projects to work on and it was great to have the girls to chat away to while we worked.

Of course my mum is a well seasoned expert in most things craft which meant she spent most of her day lending a hand, mostly to me who has only recently developed an interest in using the sewing machine.

My Mum and I took a trip to Spotlight the day before to pick up supplies, which proved to be a slight pain. As I wondered the aisles and tried to piece together my original idea, I realised it wasn't going to work the way I wanted so I scrapped it and decided to go with a variation of some little hand warmers I saw on Pinterest.

I'm going to try and explain how to make these as best I can but forgive me if I don't make sense. I am not entirely onto the whole sewing lingo and terminology. I made 7 owls in total and still had lots of fabric left over.

What I used:
2 half metre lengths of two different fabrics
1 piece of white felt
1 piece of black felt
1 piece of orange felt
1kg bag of long grain rice
A jug and a funnel

Firstly I sketched a rough outline onto a piece of newspaper. I then pinned the newspaper pattern to my piece of fabric, which I had folded in half (printed side on the inside)so once cut I would have both sides of my owl. Next I cut around the outline, making sure to cut it out about half an inch larger than the pattern for seam allowance.

Next pin the two sides of the owl together, again with the printed side of the fabric on the inside, to stop them from slipping and moving while you sew them together.
Using the sewing machine, stitch the two sides together, leaving the bottom open. Now turn the owls in the right way, use a pencil to push the ears out.

I then used a reel of cotton as a template for the eyes. Cut out large white circles and small black circles for the eyes. Next cut out a small triangle shape for the beak. I used a hot glue gun to stick them onto the face of the owl but in hindsight it may have been better to use PVA or even stitch them on as these will be going into the microwave so I don't want the glue to melt and the face to fall off. I did do a test run on one and it did seem to stay pretty stuck, just not sure how well it will go after repeatative heating.

Once the face is all glued on, take the open end of the owl and fold the seam in. Press it well using an iron. Now take the jug and fill it with rice. Place the funnel into the open end of the owl and fill with rice. Don't over fill because you will need to be able to close him up.

Now carefully run a stitch over the end to enclose the filling. You can do this on the sewing machine or by hand (I'm gen Y so of course used the machine)

And now you're all done. Warm your little owl hand warmer in the microwave for 20 seconds and enjoy. These are great for little pocket warmers on cold days.
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  1. These are just so cute, you did such a fantastic job making these and the bag, so proud of you. I had a wonderful day and am so looking forward to the next one

  2. Thanks was wondering about using felt you answered my question great project