In honor of the frigid temperatures we have been experiencing lately, I decided I would tackle sewing some reusable hand warmers.
Before I was ready to tackle this project I needed to practice sewing straight lines. Unlike the bag I sewed last week, the seams in the hand warmers are visible and therefore I wanted them to look nice and straight.
For help with this mission, I turned to the great wide web. I found this video by crafty amy. I am assuming from some of the things she says that she has taken a sewing course. I didn’t end up watching the whole video because she was a little redundant but she does have some good tips on how to sew straight. One of the things she said completely revolutionized my technique. Apparently, it is really important to not look at the needle as that can be dizzying. Instead, you look at the “foot” or watch where your fabric lines up with the machine.
She had a couple of challenges that she demonstrated how to complete.
The first was to make several parallel lines ever ¼ inch down the fabric.
Here is my attempt:
I am wishing that I could have used a different color thread so that my stitches would have shown up a bit better on the light fabric.
As you can see, the seams started off fairly crooked but by the end, I was sewing a reasonably straight line. I did not worry too much about the distance between lines. That might be my next challenge.
The next challenge was to make a spiral like this. The trick to this was to have the needle down at the corners, lift the foot pedal and turn the fabric ninety degrees. Then you put the foot pedal down and started sewing again. An important thing she should us in the video was how to back up. This was important and I used it a lot because it is hard to judge how far you need to sew before turning.
Here is my attempt at this challenge-
I was sewing fairly straight but again it was very hard to keep the right distance. That is something I will definitely need to work on.
When I got bored with sewing lines on a single piece of fabric, I decided to start sewing hand warmers.
I used this tutorial to start. The tutorial included mostly pictures and a few words but it was still easy enough to follow. The pattern called for me to sew the two sides together, leaving a space and then pulling the fabric through that hole. Then I filled the warmer with rice and I was supposed to sew around the entire square leaving a seam. I couldn’t fit all that so I ended up only sewing two sides.
Then I made this warmer. I used a different pattern this time. I also changed it up a bit as I cut 5” squares instead of 3” squares because I wanted a bigger
I am happy with how they turned out and I think if I hadn’t run out of rice I would still be mass producing them. Hopefully, they help me stay warm this week!