Recycled Sweater into Pocket Warmers Tutorial

November 29th, 2009  |  Published in Crafts, Sewing, Tutorials  |  6 Comments

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!

6 Responses

  1. Willa says:

    December 2nd, 2009 at 6:17 am (#)

    Great idea!
    My mom in assisted living complains of cold feet at night. This could be adapted to address that problem too.

    I have loved visiting Oregon! Hope you enjoy living there.

  2. Terrie Sandelin says:

    December 2nd, 2009 at 7:21 am (#)

    What a great idea — thanks for the tutorial as well!

  3. Kathy says:

    October 30th, 2013 at 8:22 am (#)

    Will the beans end up cooking and the rice stinks when heated beans better to use

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    January 7th, 2014 at 2:11 pm (#)

    Cherry stones are great too! They can even go to the washer and the tumbler too.

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  6. 15 ways to repurpose old sweaters – Stylish Baby Outlet says:

    January 21st, 2016 at 10:14 pm (#)

    […] 15. Make pocket-warmers. Like a heated beanbag on the go, you can cut square-shaped bands from a sweater arm, stitch up the sides, and fill with dried beans, lentils, buckwheat or pie weights. Toss it in the microwave for a minute until hot, then put in your pocket before heading out into the snow. I use a larger version of this in bed, made of buckwheat and dried lavender. Instructions here. […]

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