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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hot/Cold packs

Show someone how much you care with homemade gifts. They add a personal touch showing the recipient how much you care. You can even stretch your budget while making the gift memorable.

You will need two 5inch squares of fabric. These are called charms and usually sold in packs of 42 like this one for $10. Cut the arm of an old T-shirt. Stitch one hole close, fill with uncooked rich then stitch the other end close. This pack can be replaced as needed.

Stitch two charms on three sides inside out. Reverse the fabric carefully and stuff with the rice pack. You can add Velcro for the final closure. Just remember this will be used in the microwave and you want to avoid metals.

Heat for the inner pack for 30 seconds.  The inside will feel a lot hotter than you think. Please do not heat more than 1 minute. Be careful when handling directly from the microwave. Stuff inside the outer pack and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is comforting and Eucalyptus is Energizing. You can also place these in the freezer for a cold pack.

These make the perfect size for hand warmers too. On a cold day, warm the pack(s) and place in your pockets before heading out.

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