My husband tried to throw out a pile of old sweaters that have been collecting dust in the closet. Luckily I caught him before the sweaters left the house, and they got added to my pile of fabric scraps.
My first project with them was to make these cute little pocket warmers. They can be heated up in the microwave and slipped into your (or a loved ones) coat pockets in the morning before heading out to brave the cold weather. Even though Oregon isn’t quite as cold as Wisconsin was, it’s still nice to have a little warmth for my cold fingers while waiting for the bus!
Step 1: Cut off a section of the sleeve. Repeat with the other sleeve so that you have 2 pieces that are the same size. I cut mine ~5″ long, but you can make yours bigger or smaller, depending on the size of the pockets that they will go into!
Step 2: Turn the fabric inside-out, and sew up the openings, leaving an ~1″ opening on one end.
Step 3: Turn the fabric right side-out through the opening that you left. Fill with dry beans, lentils, rice, pie weights, or whatever you have on hand that will withstand microwaving.
Step 4: Hand sew opening closed.
Step 5: Now you have two soft and cute bean bags! Microwave for 2-3 minutes.
Step 6: Slip into your coat pocket and enjoy the warmth!