Cold hands, warm heart: you’ve probably heard that saying countless times. This project is designed to be a cure for those cold hands. Use your Brother sewing and embroidery machine and the Brother free design of the month to make monogrammed hand warmers from soft, no-fray fleece. It’s easy to make a hand warmer pattern for yourself or someone else, add custom embroidery, and stitch a pair of soft hand warmers. These keep your fingers free to perform tasks and help you stay warm, comfortable, and stylish at the same time. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!
Materials and Supplies
- Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine
Note: Machine featured in this project is the Brother NS 1750D. You can use any machine with a 4 X 4-inch hoop to embroider this design.
Embroidery Threads and Bobbin Thread for embroidering.
: Brother Adhesive Backed Water-Soluble Stabilizer for holding fleece fabric in the hoop.
: Brother Fibrous Water-Soluble Stabilizer for topping on fleece and decorative edging.
- Basic notions, including a movable marker or chalk, and thread to match fleece fabric.
- Paper, plus blue, red, and green colored pencils for making the hand warmer pattern.
- Medium-weight fleece yardage or remnants for making one set of hand warmers. Note: Create the pattern in step one to determine fabric measurements.
- Brother Free Design of the month: Free Design January
See Figure #1a for size and original thread color information. See Figure #1b for completed design with modified colors.
Please read through all the instructions before beginning this project. Basic steps for creating monogrammed hand warmers:
- Create a custom pattern for your hands and cut fleece for each hand warmer.
- Embroider monogram frame with initial along top edge.
- Finish raw edges if desired.
- Sew seam, leaving opening for thumb hole.
1. Create pattern as follows:
- Place hand on paper with wrist 3-inches from the edge.
- Use the blue colored pencil to mark a line to show the center point of the pinkie finger. Open out your thumb and use a red pencil to mark a line above and below the thumb, indicating an open space for the thumb hole. See Figure #2.
- With fingers closed, use blue colored pencil to mark the width of your hand at the widest point on each side. See Figure #3.
- Remove hand. To complete the pattern, use the green pencil to draw a rectangle, starting at the lower edge of the paper where your wrist was positioned, using the blue line for your pinkie finger as the top edge and the two blue lines at the side for the width of the rectangle. Note the marked opening for the thumb hole. See Figure #4.
- See complete pattern with notations for cutting and layout on fabric below in Figure #5.
, you’ll want to read the tutorial at the end of these instructions where I show how to add nap control to embroider a design on fleece while keeping the pile of the fabric from coming up around the stitches. 6. Carefully cut away excess stabilizer. You can wash out all the excess now, or after finishing all stitching. 7. Referring to your pattern, place pins at the thumb openings and then pin fit and try on one hand warmer. Open fingers slightly and use pins to mark a stitching spot between each finger. See Figure #11a and Figure #11b.
BES Nap Control Tutorial: Open monogram frame design in BES software. Add letter in center, resizing to slightly over 1-inch high. Tip: When using nap control your font choices are broader. Without nap control you need a solid letter in a block format. See Figure #BES1.
- Lengthen hand warmers as desired.
- Skip the stitching for finger holes if you want extra movement and a looser fit for your hand warmers.
- Add elastic to the wrist edges if you want a tighter fit in that area.
- Add stretch binding to wrist if you prefer a more finished look.
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