Tuesday, March 7, 2023

DIY Cozy Weighted Warmer with Chamomile

Our daughter is a Daddy's girl until she's not feeling well.  Then she wants hugs and cuddles from her Mom.  No matter how tall she has become, she will always be my pretty little girl.  This tutorial is a gift for her. 

This is an exciting challenge!  Our theme for this month was "soft".  Here are the other lovely bloggers and their projects:

Julie at Sum of their Stories  -  Upcycled Sweater Easter Gift Baskets

Gail at Purple Hues and Me  -  Loopy Yarn Lamb Treat Jar

Christine at Christine's Crafts  -  DIY Hair Towel Wrap

Allyson at Southern Sunflowers  -  No Sew Drop Cloth Bunny Pillow

T'Onna at Sew Crafty Crochet  -  Crochet Tabby Cat

Julie at Treasures Made from Yarn  -  Stash Buster Blanket

Mimi - A Great Name for Grandma  -  DIY Sock Bunnies

And now for my project!  ;-)

DIY Cozy Weighted Warmer

Think of a hand warmer you tuck inside your pocket, but bigger.  Large enough to lay across your lap or rest along your shoulders.  It can be microwaved for a nice, warm hug from Mom wherever our daughter may be.  Chamomile adds a soothing fragrance.


Flannel 12" x 21"  (cut 2)

Coordinating Thread

4 1/2 Cups Brown Rice

2 Bags Chamomile Tea

Today's project begins with a flannel scarf I sewed for myself a few years ago.  It's been washed and dried a couple of times, so it is fluffy and soft.  To me flannel isn't really flannel until after a few trips through the washer and dryer.

 Thankfully, in Arkansas we usually have pretty mild winters and seldom need heavy duty gear for cold weather.  Even though I do love this particular color combination, it's hardly ever chilly enough around here to actually need a flannel scarf.

Pretty fabric, huh?  It happens to be 21 inches wide, so I worked with that, cutting two pieces at 21 inches by 12 inches.

With right sides facing sew three sides.  Trim seams, turn right side out and press.  To create four even pockets, fold fabric in half.  Chalk that center line and stitch, leaving an inch at the top.  Fold outer edge to center line, chalk and then stitch, leaving an inch at the top.

Turn down top edge half an inch.  Press and pin at the lines of stitching.  Top stitch along the edge of three sides, leaving top open.

'Almost finished!  Once the edges were stitched, I realized the two outer compartments are now slightly smaller than the center ones.  After a little experimentation with a sandwich bag, 1 cup of rice was added to each outer pocket and 1- 1/4 cup of rice was placed in each of the center ones.  The chamomile tea was distributed evenly among all four compartments.  

A large funnel minimized mess!   Finish with top stitching the top edge, careful to not spill contents.

Here's the finished DIY Cozy Weighted Warmer with Chamomile!

You might be wondering why our vibrant daughter is needing extra hugs these days.

Here's the part that makes me cry as I type.  My pretty little girl was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is currently undergoing chemo and will be having surgery soon.  While we are grateful for the lifesaving medicine, side effects are horrible. 

Chills are common for her.  The DIY Cozy Weighted Warmer with Chamomile will help ease those.  Any and all prayers are greatly appreciated.

;-)  -Marci


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's health issue, please do send her our love and hugs. This warmer sounds just perfect to help her with any chills, a nice thing to have with you for chemo sessions as well as other times.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. She will definitely be in my prayers. That is the perfect gift you made her.

  3. What a lovely gift, Marci! I'm so sorry! Prayers and healing thoughts for your daughter and family. She is surely surrounded with love and comfort!

  4. So sorry to hear about your daughter's illness. Wish her all the best and my love goes out to you all. I am sure this hug will really help her feel cared for and close to you. Love it.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. My baby girl was diagnosed with cervical cancer last month. She's 19, so I don't have grandbabies yet. She still lives at home with our other children, and getting that news nearly ripped my heart out. My family was already told I probably wouldn't be alive to see my baby boy (11) graduate, and that didn't bother me at all. But her? I thought I would die on the spot. I'm so sorry that you're going through the same thing. I know God will get us through because my husband and son can't lose both of us. Luckily the doctors say she'll probably be fine, that the first doctor had only had 2 patients die from it. It will just be a matter of will she be able to have children. God will get us through no matter what.
    Love this idea. I'll have to make her one for her abdominal pain & one for my endometriosis! I made hand warmers for all the kids at Christmas, so I'm sure they'll all want one too. They loved those hand warmers even though we live on the Gulf Coast and it's never cold lol. Pinned!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

  6. So sorry to hear your daughter has cancer. Your warmer is a great idea to help her with her chills

  7. So very sorry to hear about your daughter....my prayers are with you all! I love this cozy weighted warmer with chamomile. It is the perfect gift for her and for others as well. I love that you used chamomile tea for the extra scent.

  8. I'm really sorry to hear about your daughter. I'm sure your weighted warmer brings her extra comfort during her treatments. I'll keep her in my prayers.

  9. Sorry to hear about your daughter, Marci. Prayers for her. And your warmer is a beautiful gift for her. I love the pattern too.

  10. I am sorry to be reading this :-(

    You and your family will be in my prayers. OX


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