Now that the cooler months are upon us, it can be very tempting to curl up with a good book and keep cozy all day. This DIY colorblock heat pack is the perfect handmade gift for book lovers, or anyone who works at a desk all day. When warmed in the microwave, this colorful heat pack can help soothe tired necks and keep you warm while relaxing. They're quick to make and don't require many materials, so they're great to make in multiples to give to all your friends and family this year.
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What You'll Need
- Cotton in four colors
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
Step 1: Prepare the Fabric
Cut out two 5x3-1/2-inch rectangles from each fabric, using the measuring tape and pencil to keep the rectangles as even as possible.
Organize the colored rectangles into a row, so that you're happy with the order. Take one rectangle from the first and second piles (in this case red and blue) and pin them together on one side. On your sewing machine, sew along the pinned edge, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Step 2: Sew Together
Repeat this pinning and sewing process until you have two longer rectangles with the colors in the same order. Press the seams flat with your iron.
Pin the two new rectangles' good sides together, making sure to line up each of the colors. Sew along three of the edges again with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving one small end open. Don't forget to back stitch at the beginning and end to keep the thread secure.
Step 3: Fill With Rice
Turn the sewn rectangle right-side out and press so that the edges and corners are nice and crisp. Fill the rectangle with just over 1/4 cup of rice so that it all falls into the colored rectangle at the very end. Carefully, keeping the rice all in the one end, sew along the seam separating the two neighboring rectangles so that the rice is now secured in the one end rectangle. Add more rice to the next rectangle and sew along that seam to secure in the same way. Repeat until there is only one rectangle left.
Step 4: Finish Sewing
Before adding rice to the final rectangle, press the raw edges under about 1/4-inch with the iron. Now fill the rectangle with rice, then carefully pin the edges together and sew the end shut, keeping as close to the edge as you can.
Note: When wrapping your DIY heatpack, include a note explaining that to warm up the heatpack it should be placed in the microwave alongside a mug of water. Microwave in 1 minute increments, checking after each minute, until happy with the temperature of the heatpack.