- To have six girls make pocket warmers as a craft for my daughter's birthday party.
- To be prepared for the craft by sewing the pockets ahead of time. Then the girls could decorate the cloth, fill the pockets with popcorn, and stitch them shut.
- Cloth (I cut up some old shirts)
- Pinking shears
- Needle and thread
- Popcorn kernels (or rice grains)
- Cotton balls, optional
- Essential oil, such as lavender, optional
- Permanent markers or highlighters
- Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- Fusible hem tape (to keep kernels from escaping)
- Cut out squares of cloth with pinking shears (or zig-zag stitch edges to avoid fraying). For each pocket warmer you will need 2 squares of cloth that measure about 3 to 4 inches on each side.
- Decorate one or both squares with permanent marker. In a well-ventilated room, dip the cloth with design in a container filled with isopropyl alcohol, about one inch deep. Remove cloth when ink has faded a little. Squeeze out excess alcohol. Rinse cloth with water and blot with a paper towel. Allow cloth to dry completely.
- Pin two squares of cloth together so that the design faces inward. Stitch around three sides of each square (I used a sewing machine for this, but hand-stitching would work as well).
- Turn pocket inside out. Press flat with an iron and press a folded hem along the top opening. Fill pocket with popcorn kernels, leaving at least 3/4 of an inch of room so the pocket can be sewn shut. Before closing, insert half a cotton ball infused with essential oil if desired.
- Pin fusible hem tape in between top opening and iron together. Reinforce the closure with hand stitching.
- Before using the pocket warmers, warm them up for 30 seconds in the microwave. If you do not have a microwave, put them in the pockets of clothing and let them tumble in a warm electric clothes dryer for a few minutes.
The girls had fun decorating the cloth squares, but I did not manage to sew up the pockets beforehand. What really happened was me struggling with the sewing machine while they watched The
Fantastic Mr. Fox.
I finished sewing the pockets together the day after the party. My daughter delivered the pocket warmers with the thank you notes she wrote.