Tie-dye and summer go hand in hand, but in winter we are all about the Japanese art of Shibori dyeing. Have you tried it yet? Once I opened the package I was dyeing everything from scraps of fabric to dresses and pants. Today I’m going to show you how to incorporate Shibori into a sweet Valentine’s Day gift with these Shibori heart hand warmers.
Learn how to make the DIY Shibori Heart Hand Warmers after the jump…
– Indigo Dye Kit
– Cotton Fabric (prewash your fabric)
– Rubber bands or cotton twine
DIY Shibori Heart Hand Warmers
There are many different ways to tie your fabric. I decided to try out this triangle method on one of the pieces. You basically fold your fabric as you would fold a flag.Tie each corner with twine or a rubber band.
I experimented with different folds for other fabrics, including a rectangle accordion fold, and the technique Jacinda used for her Tie-Dye Tote.
Follow the instructions on the dye kit for how to create the indigo dye and start dyeing.
Once your fabric is dyed, cut out a few hearts.
Place two hearts on top of each other, wrong-sides-facing and cut with pinking shears to avoid fraying.
Sew around the heart, leaving about a 1/2 inch gap opened.
Fill the heart with rice. I used a funnel to help me get all the rice in there easier.
Sew up the edge and backstitch to make sure it’s secure.
To use the hand warmers, simply get the hand warmers wet and place in the microwave for about 45 seconds. It will be toasty and warm to use in the winter cold.