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Have Old Flannel Shirts You Don't Wear? Use 'Em To Make An Epic Winter Accessory.

NOVEMBER 8, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for design42day.com, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

You know that shirt that you've been wearing for 15 years straight? The one with the elbows that are worn down to a flimsy tissue-paper-like texture and the cuffs are holding on to the sleeves by just a thread? It's time to retire the shirt as a garment, but you're not ready to part with it entirely. We get it.

If you've got a shirt like this, or just way too many different shirts in different colors and patterns to reasonably keep in your closet...Sarah over at Sadie Seasongoods has a way to reuse them! The best part is that their new use will still keep you nice and toasty on those chilly evenings.

Flannels: they just never go out of style, do they!

But when they've been loved a little too much, turn some into reusable hand warmers!

The difficult part is willing yourself to "destroy" your shirts...but get out your fabric cutting tools and just go for it!

Cut four identical squares for each set of hand warmers.

Two squares for each warmer, one warmer for each hand. Four- or five-inch squares are good sizes for most people's hands.

Now you're ready to get sewing, so call out your little helpers.

A sewing machine is ideal, but you can always sew by hand if you don't have one.

Pin two squares together and sew all the way around three sides, leaving a one-inch opening on the fourth.

Turn your pouch inside out, or right side out...depending on how you look at it...

Use a funnel to fill the pouch about three-quarters full with white rice...

Fold your raw edges in and sew up the opening. Run over your stitches a second time to be sure nothing spills out.

Now all you've got to do is pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and your hands will be happy and warm!

Think of it this way: you'll be able to carry your favorite shirts around with you everywhere you go, regardless of whether or not they match the rest of your outfit. Another plus: they'll keep your chilly fingers so warm! No more fumbling around with numb icicle fingers this winter.

For more fun projects from Sadie Seasongoods, check out her blog, as well as her Etsy shop!