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« on: October 17, 2014 06:44:48 PM »

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I have a random craft question. I'm making hand warmers for Christmas gifts (the kind you microwave and stick in your pockets), and I know you can make them with flannel but I was wondering if I can make them with jean material. I have some old jeans lying around. I'm going to fill them with rice. So do you guys think jeans will hold the heat? Thanks!  Smiley If not I can always make a trip to Joann's and pick up some fleece. I was just trying to keep it eco friendly.
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014 07:56:52 PM »

Hmm, I think it would work okay but it might not transmit the heat as well as flannel or something that's a little bit thinner. I made some hand warmers with a canvas material once and they didn't feel as warm as others I had made with flannel or fleece. That could have been my imagination though Smiley. I didn't do any scientific tests Wink.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2014 10:40:39 PM »

I assume  you're recycling the jeans; how about using the thinnest parts--probably the knees?  That would transmit heat faster, and feel softer too.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014 06:01:46 AM »

I always thought of the fabric as an insulator for the materials inside, to hold the heat - so you warm the seeds, beans, rice, or whatever you are using as your filler in the microwave, and the fabric holds the heat, as well as transmits it, and feels nice.  How I have made mine in the past is to make a little muslin sack of the material, because I use rice, and for Christmas, added some crushed spices for the scent, and did not want any of the filler falling out, and then sewed that into felt holders.

So I think the denim will still be fine - it may not insulate as well as other fabrics, but will still work - and if the denim is thin, you could also layer it too - which will also help to insulate the filler more too.

I thought it would be cool to take the back pockets and make warmers from those.  Then I remembered - metal rivets + microwave = bad things...
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