Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Handcrafted Gifts ~ Critter Warmies

My kids love a warm bed. With that crazy cold snap we had for the last few weeks, they have gotten very attached to what they call 'warmies'. They are bags of millet or flax that can be placed in the microwave for 45 seconds and stay warm in their beds for up to an hour. They have two right now that they rotate between. I am making them each another one. A larger one. With a face. lol...

This sweater critter is my own creation. The hour-glass pattern is a shape that seems like it would lend itself perfectly to the snuggles of my children and yet, still be able to hold up to being drug around the house. I put dried lavender in the flax to be a soothing sent when warmed. The outer cover is all felted sweaters and scraps. Still ok to go in the microwave to be warmed, but snuggly and soothing to cuddle with.

The kids will open these on Christmas Eve this year. It is my hope that sleeping while waiting for Santa will never be so easy.

I wish that I could make a tutorial for a 'how-to' for this critter... but I am not sure that the way that I did things is the best way. lol... I was winging it most of the time with the first one especially. I will see what I can do for the next couple... Perhaps third time will be the charm.




Katie said...

Love this idea! Wow. I am going to the farm market to get lavender, flax and chamomile tomorrow to make eye pillows I may need to get extra to make JH a critter warmer! It has been so cold here, we are buried in snow.
Have a great day.

Rachel said...

What a great idea! I have a wool bag I accidentally felted, I wonder if I could cut a pattern from that and sew it together and it would work? Would I need a lining as it wouldn't be felted in one piece?

Val in the Rose Garden said...

It does need a liner. I made mine out of muslin. It was the same hour glass shape as the critter. Then I filled THAT with the flax and barley and lavender. Put it inside the critter and sewed it up. I had a grand idea to put a zipper in the back, but after working for an hour to get the thing in there, I realized that the zipper had metal on it and so couldn't be microwaved! ugh... lol... like I said... I made far too many mistakes on this critter to make a tutorial yet. I'll see how the third one treats me and see if I can get it right.


Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said...

Oh, I love this! Especially the antennae! Your kids are going to sleep so well.

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