You can’t go wrong with this sweet stocking stuffer idea – a owl handmade heat pack! Simple directions and pattern below.
We have provided a pattern at the end of this post…
Just grab a couple coordinating fabrics and a white and black scrap for the owl’s eyes.
Easy Peasy. For realzy.
Cut a pattern for the front of your little owl buddy and a solid color for the back. We use all different types of fabrics but have found that cotton works really well for the microwave. I measure down from the top a bit and sew the nose on first. (mess around with placement for the eyes and nose)
Start with the bigger circle of a solid fabric and sew onto the front body then a cordinating fabric on top of that. Then I sew on the little black eye. Really, every owl looks different and you can’t really go wrong with this. Then I start on the bottom edge and sew all the way around leaving about a 1/4 seam (I prefer the edges to fray…it looks super cute). When you come around to the other side leave about two inches to fill your owl with rice. Then carefully (over a bowl works nice, it’s messy) fill with rice. I just leave enough room to still hold edges together and sew the remanding two inches closed.
Tada! Super cute owl warmer. This is a great neighbor gift or teacher gift.. or stocking stuffer… my kids sleep with them every night. I even heat one up and put it in the carseat with my baby (over a blanket so she doesn’t get too hot). I put mine in the microwave for about 15 seconds and just check on it to see if it needs more… every microwave is different, so be cautious it could be hot!!
Hope this helps check off at least one thing from your list! Happy Holidays!!
xoxo-Devenie and Shawna
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WooT! I adore these and in the process of making some right now. For my family in the hotter states can they put them in the freezer OR is it the fridge to cool?
Thanks so much :)
Can I use felt for the back?
Can I use felt for the back?
Trouble is mice like to eat the rice and grain that I have used so have stopped making heat pads like this as it encourages vermin. Any suggestions?
Would I be able to make these without a sewing machine?
Thank you for posting this, love the pattern and I feel pretty confident I could fudge my way through! Lol
Pretty amazing how you come up with such cool stuff with all those kids!
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Joy Candrian says
Just wanted you to see the ones I made. I’m referring my readers to your post about these darling owls. My daughter shared your post with me & asked me to make her some of these. Thank you so much for the darling idea!
Amy Pinson says
Thank you so much for this idea and pattern. My daughter and I made these for her classmates Christmas gifts. They turned out so cute! We added some lavender in with our rice. Thank you again!!!
These are too cute and would be an awesome stocking stuffer for my girls. Does anyone know the finished size of these? When I printed out the pattern, the owl body was around 5 1/2″ and seemed much smaller than the photos. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!
Nikki Comma says
Really looking forward to making a few of these as Christmas gifts. I better get started soon. :D Thanks for the great tutorial.
Rachel of OddModicum says
Gosh, the owl version is just as cute as the fox one! And I’d love to do one with a few owls stitched together, all nestled on a branch or something, and fill the whole ‘line’ of owls with rice to make a long warmer suitable for a lumbar warming pillow for my really crummy back pain. Cute and comforting. ;) Thanks so much for the darling idea!
Hugs & Hope,
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I LOVE this tutorial! I’ve featured it on my blog on Handmade for the Holidays! Feel free to check it out. http://theprettypickle.com/blog/handmade-for-the-holidays
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These are absolutely adorable and can’t wait to make a few!!!!!
Thanks so much for sharing this darling project! I stitched up a dozen and my daughter snatched up six of them, my sister nabbed four and I was left with two. Time to get stitching up another dozen. This project is a real winner. You are so kind to include the pattern. Again, thank you!
Any idea how wool would work in the microwave…I’ve got some sweaters that I snagged at Goodwill and felted and keep around….need to get crackin on those too!
Gorgeous, thank you for sharing
So cute and simple, but just wondering, do you cook the rice??? JUST KIDDING!!!!!!
So darling and so very kind of you to share this pattern! This Nana of two darling grandbabies will be stitching a couple of these cuties up this afternoon. Thank you, thank you,thank you!
I had my 7th grade students make these for Family Consumer Science class! Check it out http://alexfahey.blogspot.com/2013/06/sewing-with-part-4.html
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I just made 2 of these last night and LOVE them:). Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I’d love to post an image of the ones I made on my site, and will link back to you. Already pinned this page to Pinterest as well:). Happy Holidays!!
JENNIFER CLEAVER says
Thanks for sharing! I was looking for a quick project of something I could make for my kids for Christmas and this is PERFECT! Thanks again!
<3 <3 <3!! Thanks- going to the sewing machine right now! Whoot whoot 30days! Thanks :)
What type of rice do you use?
I think plain white original rice
These are so adorable! I can’t wait to make a few. Did you use quilted fabric, or just regular cotton fabric?
I love this cute little owl heat pack and your suggestion to make them for stocking stuffers. They’ll be filling ours this year…thanks so much for the pattern. I just found your blog through Pinterest and am now following you on both! Love what I’ve seen so far and can’t wait to read your older posts.
Kelsey Bang says
Super cute!! And easy. Bonus!
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crazy cute! love it! will be making some of these for sure!