The long, cold nights of winter make us want to curl up somewhere cozy with our loved ones. If you have an empty nest for the first time this winter, it’s a little harder to curl up with all your loved ones, and you’re probably looking for a distraction.
One of the best distractions is partaking in creative projects, like sewing. You get to make something beautiful and useful, and if you use the right fabric, you’ll even have something cozy to curl up in when all your loved ones are under one roof again. Flannel is the best fabric for making something cozy, so keep reading to learn about three flannel sewing projects you should do this winter.
Homemade Hand Warmers
If you’re learning to sew or are sewing with flannel for the first time, then hand warmers are an easy introductory craft. All you need is your choice of flannel squares cut into the same size, an appropriate needle and thread, and some kind of filler. Most people use rice since it’s microwave safe and easy to heat, although you can also use beans or dried cherry pits.
Sew your squares together on three sides, leaving one end open. Pour in enough filler to fill the hand warmers ¾ of the way. Sew the last end shut and shake the hand warmer to check for holes before using.
For an easy flannel pillow that makes the best cuddly buddy, you need only three pieces of fabric. One that’s two inches by 42 inches, another nine inches by 42 inches, and another 27 inches by 42 inches. Press the two-inch piece in half lengthwise and then lay the nine-inch piece down, followed by the 27-inch piece, and then the folded two-inch piece. They should all line up together, and the fold should face out.
Roll them up and then pin them together so that you can sew an even seam. Turn it right side out and then sew along the two open sides. Now you can slip a pillow inside or stuff the pillowcase and sew it shut, whichever you prefer.
Beautiful Blanket Quilt
If you have sewing experience and lots of time on your hands, then winter is the perfect time to make a flannel blanket quilt. Gather as much flannel as you want, create a design or buy a pattern, and start sewing. You can use cotton or wool flannel for a blanket quilt, although cotton is softer and easier to find. Wool quilts better resist mold and mildew, though, so if you’re planning to store your quilt in an attic or basement during warmer months, you may want to use wool.
Making hand warmers, pillowcases, and quilts are three flannel sewing projects you should try to do this winter. All of them make great gifts if you want to give them to other people, but you can also make them for yourself. Depending on the size of your quilt, you may have time to make only one or two in the winter, but you can use lighter fabrics to make summer quilts at other times if you want. Crafting is fun all year round.