Be My Handwarmers

My boys spend a lot of time outside and often come in with chilly feet and hands and handwarmers are such a great thing to give them so that they can warm up in a jiff. You can toss these little guys in their pockets or in their gloves as they make their way to school. Or in their boots after they get off the ice as we often do with our boys.
Since February hosts Valentine’s Day I thought it would be extra special to give our diy a love theme. You can make and give to loved ones or just keep for yourself around the house. This is such a quick and easy diy that you can even involve your kids. I know my oldest liked cutting out my patterns and putting the different hearts together, while my youngest helped me funnel the rice in.

On top of these being great for warming hands they can also be really good for cooling too. Make a few extra and toss them in the freezer for when you need a little cooling action. They are perfect for kids as they don’t get as cold as an ice pack and are more engaging so chances are they might leave the cold pack on longer. This craft can also be turned into many other things, such as closet or herbal satchets to use around your home, decorations, beanbags and probably lots more, but today I am going to show you how to make heart handwarmers.

This project can be done with or without a sewing machine. I stitched mine on my machine but you can handstitch your hearts for that added love.

What you’ll need:

fat quarters, charms, scraps of 100% cotton

thread

rice

pattern (get it here)

other sewing notions-needles, pins, pinking shears

Directions:

  1. Print out the pattern and cut out your hearts how you see fit. You can cut your heart fabric pieces out using pinking shears to cut back on the fraying and to give a fun finish or leave as is and they will fray over time.
  2. Place small heart on one big heart and stitch down with ¼” seam. You can pin your small heart to your big one or in my case I use a glue stick and tack the middle down–just don’t put too much near the outside edge as you don’t want to gum up your needle.
  3. Place 2 big hearts wrong sides together and start on one of the straight edges to stitch ¼” around, leaving a 1”-2” opening. You can use a zig-zag stitch or a shorter stitch length. Make sure to backstitch at starting and finishing points.
  4. Fill your heart up half to three-quarters full with rice.
  5. Close up opening with a little gluestick or pins and stitch your opening closed either by hand or machine. Remember to make sure the rice doesn’t get close to your needle or you may break the needle.
  6. Heat up in your microwave for 20-30 seconds for warm results or store in your freezer for a cooling option.

 

**Make sure your handwarmers aren’t too hot before handing to little ones. And ALWAYS adult supervision is advised at all times.**

Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to post pics of your finished handwarmers. Or if you turned your heart handwarmers into something else let us know – we would love to hear your ideas. 🙂

xo

Deanne

Forest Floor Blog Tour

Howdy! Today is our stop on Bonnie Christine’s Forest Floor Blog our. I was so excited to be part of this event as we already stock a few prints from this collection in our etsy shop.

It’s been a crazy and exciting last few days for us as we’ve been sewing like madwomen for the Winnipeg Folk Fest handmade village. I made some gorgeous meditation cushions and they fit right in with our booth display. They’re perfect for the kids to have a sit and enjoy some people watching

The cushions are stuffed with fabric scraps and they work great due to the nature of the scraps they are quite heavy cushions making them great for sit upons. I love the fact that I found a secret place to stash my scraps as I accumulate bags and bags of the stuff.

I made an applique from Luna Rising Shadow  and paired it with AGF chambray and then just did a simple stitch all around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out the other participants of this tour, the full list of links is here. Yesterday the tour made a stop at Sweet as Honey (Sarah’s little skirt for her daughter is so cute!) and tomorrow you can see Heidi at Hands Occupied for another creation from this collection.

Do check out the entire line of Forest Floor Fabrics here on the Art Gallery Fabrics website. You’ll also find Bonnie’s other (uhhmazing) fabrics collections there.

Have a great summer and check in daily with Going Home to Roost for the full line up of Forest Floor Blog Tour participants!

xo

Deanne

Wool Dryer Balls

Well I love DIY and sometimes have time for it and sometimes I don’t. Every now and then I will be showing off DIY’s that I use in my home on a regular basis so I know they are tried and true. Slowly I will migrate over to trying things that I haven’t and let you know how that turned out. For now you can expect projects that I have done and loved at least once a month maybe more. As with most of my diy’s they are usually done to eliminate some product in my house that I deem unsafe, expensive or one of those “why would I buy that when I can make that” moment. This diy however was the first time doing it and unfortunately mine didn’t turn out as lovely as store bought or etsy bought ones but pretty darn close and hey they work. So today I will share with you my dryer ball diy!

I love the smell of fresh laundry but I don’t want to shell out money for a little square of something to scent and fluff my wearables to be only thrown away afterwards. Plus I have never been of fan of manufactured fragrances. Enter dryer balls. These lovely little balls literally beat up your laundry allowing the hot air to circulate throughout your load aiding in drying your clothes faster. While they are bouncing around in the dryer they also fluff, reduce wrinkles and eliminate static that can sometimes occur with commercial products. So a few things to think about when your are in the laundry isle is this:

– Are your laundry products eco-friendly? No. Dryer balls are! Not only that they don’t add to the mass amount of products accumulating in our landfills.

– Does your laundry product eliminate chemicals from your laundry? No. Dryer balls do. As well they are 100% hypo-allergenic so it’s very safe to use if people in your household have sensitive skin.

– 100% wool dryer balls add fluffiness and reduce static as loads tumble.

– Wool dryer balls are made from a renewable resource.

A few other nice things about dryer balls is you can add your own scents to your laundry. By simply adding a few drops of essential oils to each ball they will lightly scent your clothes with an aroma that is not only safe for you but for the environment. You can make a bunch of dryer balls for everyone in family with their own scents. They are pretty AND functional! Ok enough said about the joys of having dryer balls lets get to the diy.

Living where I do I don’t have an abundance of places to go and pick up wool. I also had no sweaters I wanted to repurpose but if you live in a city check your local Sally Ann’s for wool sweaters. You can also check our etsy and the rest of the web for wool, wool sweaters, roving wool, even go to your local craft store and get 100% wool yarn. I looked for some local Canadian wool on etsy and found a multitude of places most of which all wove and dyed their wool with natural fibres such as hemp leaves to give a beautiful green hue, onion skins for a lovely yellow and even beets for some pretty shades of pink. Wherever you purchase from make sure it is 100% wool. I got my wool when I attended a local farmers market and found a lovely lady named Helga from Fibre Artistry selling dryer balls and roving wool dyed in about 30 shades. Roving wool is a long narrow bundle of fibre produced from spinning wool. They are the bundles that are drawn out and spun to produce yarn. I asked her about making dryer balls with this wool and she said she preferred it better to yarn. So my boys and I all picked a color and headed home to make our balls. **this tutorial is a combination Helga’s and mine.**

Roving Wool Tutorial: **Sorry no step by step pics**

– Start by tying a knot in the end of your wool not tight. Slowly and tightly, being careful not to pull your wool apart you start wrapping it around and forming a tight ball. You also want to be careful not to twist your yarn in order for the wool to felt to itself. You need to keep your yarn taught and straight.

– Once formed into a ball Helga said she would fill a bowl of hot soapy water and submerged the ball while holding it in her hands (don’t let go or it will unravel) and worked the wool ball around to felt the wool together. I found this did not work for me so I did what most people do best I googled and read about placing the ball in old panty hose. You cut the feet off and put one ball into each sock and tied the end shut. The hosing keeps the ball in place while allowing water to flow through and felt the woolball.

– Once all my balls were in the hosing tied up I tossed them all into the washing machine on hot and washed them-no soap!

– After a hot bath toss into a hot dryer. Once they are dry you can untie or cut off your hosing and voila you balls should have felted together. If this didn’t work try the process over.

*My dryer balls were not a tight and as round as Helga’s were but they work none the less.*

100% Wool Yarn Tutorial:

If you are using yarn your steps would all be the same you just start off tying you yarn differently.

– Take your yarn and wrap it about ten times around 2 fingers take it off and tie a knot around it so it looks kind of like a bow and just keep winding till you get your ball shape to your desired size. Once done wrapping your ball you take a big eye needle and run your thread through the middle or side of the balls to keep it from unraveling. Then follow all the remaining instructions for the roving wool tutorial.

To check out more of Helga’s work or to purchase roving wool or even finished dryer balls you can find her here.

Regardless of looks these little balls work. I love mine and have made more just because. This was such a fun project to do with my boys and it’s nice everytime I do laundy I know that I eliminated something from my house that was expensive and wastefull. Plus they make great soft balls for your boys to toss around at eachother while your folding laundry.

I hope you enjoyed reading this diy and decide to give it a try. Let me know if you did and how your dryer balls turned out. If you do use dryer balls do you scent them? What’s your favourite scent?

Even though this is a DIY and I should be giving away the tools to make them Helga and I decided we will give away a set of dryer balls. All you have to do is head over to Helga’s etsy page Fibre Artistry and tell us your favorite colour in the comments below. Winner will be announced by the end of the week.

Yay to chemical free laundry and naturally scented clothes!

xo

Deanne

%d bloggers like this: