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Cheap, chic diary


I was lucky enough to receive a diary from Father Christmas this year.  If you have not been so fortunate why not use this idea to jazz up a cheap and nasty diary.


Hand Warmers


In the winter months a little extra warmth is always welcome and I’m sure the recipient will be delighted with bits of my old jeans filled with rice!


You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Machine thread of your choice
  • Sewing machine (or needle if you prefer to hand sew)
  • Rice
  • Needle

What to do:

  1. Iron fabric and cut two pieces 23cm x 13cm (this includes a 1.5cm seam allowance).
  2. Fold in half (so the fabric is almost square) with the right side inside and pin the edge opposite the fold.
  3. Stitch this edge and press the seam flat.
  4. Turn the right way out and press the 1.5cm seam allowance in on the two remaining raw edges.
  5. Top stitch one of the unclosed edges.
  6. Fill each bag with 90g of rice.
  7. Fold the open seam so it is now at a right angle to the bottom one (this is what makes it pyramid shaped).
  8. Tack just above the rice (to contain it while you are sewing the final seam.
  9. Top stitch.
  10. Put the bean bags into the microwave for 1 and a half minutes to make them warm.  It is a good idea to do this a few times after you’ve made them as the rice releases moisture the first few times it is heated.


If desired you could make a label so the recipient knows what they are and how to use them (or you could use mine).