Thursday, December 2, 2010

handmade gifts- day 3

I know I promised my handmade gifts for men, but you'll have to give me an extra day or two. Let's just say my plans are simple in theory, but not so simple when it comes to getting them made. One involves beer and the other involves big magnets. I spent way too much time swearing in my sewing room yesterday trying to figure them out. Hopefully I can do it though, because if I do they should be very cool!

In the meantime, I'll share a gift for one of the guys in my life-- a simple microwaveable heating pad. It measures 12" by 8" and has a divided muslin liner filled with rice. I used denim and a brown herringbone fabric from Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow line to keep it masculine. I might do a few more of these, because everyone could use some extra warmth every once in awhile! (And I just may have purchased a 25 pound bag of long grain rice at Costco that needs to get used.) I can share my instructions if you're interested, but there are tons of tutorials for these all over the web already as well!

And here's a sneak peek of a couple of other things I'm working on.

There is a table runner there (for us!) and the start of a fun zippered pouch.

Back to it!


Poppyprint said...

Busy, busy girl! Hmmm, beer warmers? or I guess that should be coolers. OR, I know, beer bottle rugs! Can't wait. Your table runner looks fabulous, btw.

Rachel Hauser said...

Fun stitching on that pouch. I wonder how many times I'm going to have to see fun, freedom-loving stitching like that before I try it? Thanks for the inspiration!

Leslie said...

these rice warming bags are amazing. i always mean to make one for myself but that usually gets put to the backburner. i love the colors of the table runner you are working on.

Amy said...

You know, I bet my husband would like a rice warming bag. I never thought of that! I could make small ones for his pockets when he is out in the barn i needed another project! I love everything you have shown up there!

Andie said...

I'm a birth doula and I've been using rice socks(literally a tube sock filled with rice) for years. It never occurred to make them decorative! That would be a great gift for my patients! Another great idea from you!

Dani said...

I'm inspired by your tablerunner. We have one, but I've been thinking it's time for me to make another.

I love the modern herringbone. Awesome.