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.


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