December 3, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Christmas gifts for teachers are always a challenge.  I don't like to get them things they already have.  Another mug.  Another ornament.  And this year money IS an object.  But I have time and random objects from around the house so here's what I came up with...

Teeny tiny rice bag hand warmers!  Maybe it's because my hands are always cold.  Or maybe it's because, when I was a teacher, I was outside all the time.  Even in the cold.  Popping these little boogers in my mittens or in my pockets.....ahhhhhhh..........

So here's what I did...
I cut fleece into 3.5 inch by 6.5 inch rectangles (I'll be honest.....none of these are that size.  But that's the size I was going for!).  Then I folded them in half and stitched up two sides and most of the way across the third side.  I added regular rice and top stitched across the top.  Viola!

I found that the funnel made adding the rice a lot less messy.

I'll add instructions on a cute little notecard (at least, in my head right now it's going to be cute.  My printer is out of ink so I'm not sure how cute I can get freehand).  I haven't tested them yet, but I imagine they'll be good microwaved 45 seconds to 1 minute.

I only made four sets, but I think I will end up making at least two more.  One of them for me!


  1. Great idea Brandy!!! Simple, yet something teachers would definitely be excited to use. Great start to your blog!

  2. What a wonderful idea. I love it...wish I could sew...But I might try it anyway...

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  4. Thanks Ladies!! Dawn, my sewing isn't all that great. That's why there's no close-up of the seams!

  5. Cool idea! I've got to get going on my teacher's gifts...and you're making me want my own blog!!!