My munchkin’s collection of mini stuffed animals has inexplicably multiplied since the massive purge before our international move so I’ve been trying to think up clever upcycles that will give those little furry friends more to do than just sit and look adorable.
The holiday season gave my refashionista brain a boost and I came up with a project that’s not only useful but also makes a quick and easy DIY gift:
Steal some of your kiddo’s stuffed toys (or hit the thrift shop) and make a Simple Upcycled Hot and Cold Pack Softie in minutes!
You’ll need: a seam ripper (or scissors), needle & thread, a soft toy without any plastic or metal details or features and rice.
Carefully open one of the seams on the toy and remove the stuffing.
Quick tip before the next step: add a couple of drops of a yummy essential oil to the rice and give it a good mix!
Grab a funnel and refill the soft toy with the rice.
The toy should have enough rice in it to sit up but still be soft enough to lay comfortably on your body.
Securely handstitch the opening closed.
And your adorable heat and cold pack is ready for action!
Pop it in the microwave for 1 minute to heat it up or let it chill in the fridge (or freezer) for a while to cool it down.
A crazy quick and easy last minute gift that’s perfect to cozy up with on chilly days!
Check out all of my handmade holiday DIYs right over here and get upcycling those last minute makes!
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