January 06, 2011

Warming Wrap Tutorial

A lot of you expressed interest in the warming wrap, so here's the tutorial.  Since I didn't take a ton of pictures during the whole process you'll have to be sure to read everything and not just depend on the pictures.  Here we go!


First off, I searched my house looking for good large circles to use as a pattern.  (If you can't find objects the right size you can always use a string, holding it down in the middle and spinning it around to give you the circle.  Think protractor.  Remember those?) 

Here's a quick picture.  I started by drawing and cutting two layers of fabric until I had this.  The full diameter (black line) is 22 inches.  The inner circle diameter (pink) is 6 inches.  The green dotted line indicates where you should cut the circle.  You see, if you use the entire circle it ends up being way too much fabric to go around your shoulders and it's way too floppy.  No one wants a floppy warmer, so cut about 1/5 of the circle out.  (I learned that one through trial and error.)


Next I put the right sides together and sewed around the circles (where the blue lines are.)  Remember that your warmer isn't quite this big because you've cut out that chunk like I explained above.  You'll also want to cut slits along the inner edge of the inner circle so it will lay flat when you invert it.  Leave the ends open.  Invert and press.


(Now I'm going to use the finished picture to show you what I'm talking about because that's all I've got.  Don't worry I think it'll make sense.  We'll color code it all.)

After inverting and pressing, sew all the lines that are orange.  Don't worry too much about them being perfect because you won't notice much once it's stuffed.  After sewing the orange lines, fill section #1 with rice.  You don't want it to be super full or it will be too stiff.  After filling it to your likeness, sew the green line.  Then fill #2 and sew the pink line.  Then fill #3 and sew the blue line. 


When filling the warmer with rice, use a funnel.  If you don't have one take 10 seconds to make one with paper and tape.  You'll thank yourself later.  It's a little tricky to hold back the rice and sew the lines, but you'll get used to it after the first one.  Lastly, fold the ends into the inside and sew both ends shut (on the yellow lines).  Add a button and a button hole.  If you're not comfortable with button holes you could use a loop or just sew on velcro.

Use it again and again for comfortable warmth.  Don't you want to get out a good book and put it on?  Mmmmm!  Now I just need to make one for my icy feet.  Brrrrrrr!  I feel like they are never warm in the winter.


Thanks for reading.  Have a wonderful, warm day.

33 comments:

  1. So creative! I MUST learn how to sew!!

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  2. Thanks so much for this, my dad is going thru chemo, and is always cold, I am going to try to make one for him. Thanks again, Sue

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  3. I know I can do this for my mums for her Birthday (March) :)

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  4. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing this! I may have to break out the sewing machine today!

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  5. Perfect. Thanks!!

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  6. Loving all the colorful lines! I may just have to try this one because of all the lines I get to look at! :) My house is cold sometimes, and wearing this around would be great! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  7. Can I just say, I love it! Wear it every night. Sometimes I heat it several times. It really works well on my shoulder muscles and heats my back. I need one for my neck and I agree with one for the feet. Oh, heck, just make one for my whole body.

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  8. I'm intrigued...
    #1. Love your model. You hub is too sweet :)

    #2 I think I missed something...is rice a naturally warming filler? Or does the weight or the garment help keep you warm/ sooth muscles, etc? Forgive me if I am the last one in on this. I sleep with a heating pad every night and would love to know more!

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  9. An awesome idea and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. can't wait to try...as usual!

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  11. cute! as for the cold feet, i sleep with a heating pad on my feet. it is so cozy and knocks me out!

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  12. Thank you so much for this. My sis wanted something like this for Christmas, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.

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  13. I love this idea Cheri. I'm filing it away. I'd love for you to link it to my handmade gifts party, tomorrow. If you have time?

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  14. Okay...i LOVE THIS!! I cannot freakin' get warm! I had 2 sweatshirts on last night. BRRRRR! This would be amazing.

    And I also had to award you my completely useless and prize-less award for the day.

    You win for my favorite blog line for today:

    "no one wants a floppy warmer"

    For some reason that made me laugh out loud!!

    Thanks Cheri!!

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  15. oh me sister and I always have cold feet - an adaptation for our tootsies would be great.

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  16. I've seen lots of tutorials for warmers but this is by far the best overall design (circle).

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  17. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!

    I will be making several to have on hand as gifts! My grandma will love it. :)

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  18. I featured this today on Today's Top 20!

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  19. Peaches -

    Rice just holds the heat for a while. You microwave the warmer for a minute or two and it stays warm for a while. I think the weight of it feels good, too.

    Cheri

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  20. What a great idea! It seems like a great way to share a hug.

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  21. Thank you for sharing this Cheri! This might be a nice V-Day gift for my Mummy and Mummy-in-law. Hmmmm....

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  22. LOVE this! My husband & I like to warm ours up (gifts from my momma a few years ago) and throw them in the bed about 20 m inutes before we get in... SOOO cozy!

    Love your blog!

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  23. I've just made one of these, and even though it's a bit heavy, I can't wait to make more for family members! And you have never have too much lavendar, right?

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  24. Just what I've been looking for.
    I have the material and buck wheat
    for filling sitting right beside
    my sewing machine. I was wondering
    about a pattern and how to make it to
    cover my shoulders.
    I was looking around on the computer
    tonight and found you with this wonderful pattern.
    Thank you.

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  25. I have been looking for a pattern to make one of these wrap around warmers for such a long time, and I just happened upon your blog. Thanks so much! I hope it is ok, but I loved it so much that I shared your link with the readers of my blog and it is going to be featured on Craft Crave today. I love your ideas and hope you don't mind when I share your link on my blog to other of your great ideas. My blog is http:visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com, and I have two others that are related as well. Thanks for you talents and for sharing them with others! Best regards, Katie G.

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  26. What a great idea - I am a new sewer, and am always looking for great gift ideas that I can actually sew!! I think my mom would love this!

    I'm just a bit confused (as per usual). From the picture it looks like the circle isn't completely round, or else the inner circle isn't quite in the middle (so the back part has a smaller radius than the front). Was this by design, or did it just turn out this way? Or am I totally crazy and they're the same?

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  27. Jen - It's just the angle of the picture. It's the same radius all the way around.

    Cheri

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  28. Wonderful tutorial. I guess this will be the gift my mother-in-law gets from me this year ! Thank You.

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  29. I just made two! Thanks for the how-to! The hubby has been begging for one of these after our old one went ka-put. So glad I found your tutorial!

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  30. Is there no end to the awesomeness that is this blog? This is such a good idea that I have to make one for my mother in law for her birthday. Thank you so much for an UBER AWESOME blog!

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  31. This would be an awesome gift for my mom and aunt!! Just a quick question though. If I want to make one with the same material on front and back, would 2/3 of a yard be enough if it is from a 44" width fabric?

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  32. This would be an awesome gift for my mom and aunt!! Just a quick question though. If I want to make one with the same material on front and back, would 2/3 of a yard be enough if it is from a 44" width fabric?

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  33. Can't wait to make one of these...could you tell me about how many cups of rice you used to make yours? Thank you so much!

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