I'm in the process of crafting for this Christmas and it reminded me of my "makes" from last year. I created a little hand hottie for each family member we get presents for.
I created simple rectangles using half double crochet(hdc), ranging in size from about 14hdc across to about 20hdc across.
I had to make the rectangle long enough that folded in half it would create a nice sized hottie, plus a little extra for a flap at the back to keep the hottie insert inside.
For some I had to think about the colours I was going to use, for others I simply used the same colour for the rectangle and then added felt for decoration.
For a couple I added crochet flowers as decoration.
I had a lot of fun making these, and so had the covers finished way before Christmas, hence I have a fair few pictures that weren't taken on Christmas Eve in the fading light!
The insides took a little longer to complete, only because I was hoping my daughter would do them for me! I used small rectangles of material and sewed them together leaving a small opening for some rice. We turned them inside out for a prettier finish, added the rice and then sewed up the holes.
" I'm a hand hottie. Put my insides in the microwave for 40 second and then return me to my holder and keep me in your pocket. I will keep your hand nice and warm!"
My Mum is really pleased with hers, and has also nicked the one I made for my Dad to keep both hands warm (should have thought about that really!). She used hers everyday in the cold. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I still can't decide which is my favourite.
The method also works for hotties that are a larger size, I created a couple for the kids and they ask for them every night to keep their beds nice and warm.
They would work as phone socks too.