Perhaps you didn’t know, but I can be a crafty lady every now and then!
Even though I started seeing trees and menorahs mixed in with the Halloween costumes a few weeks ago, it’s still early enough in the shopping season that you can plan ahead with some handmade gifts for the dancers and dance teachers in your life.
So, I took a break from grading papers, finishing three articles, and ironing pants to have a little fun with a craft project…
DIY Hot/Cold Packs
A surplus of hot/cold packs is a must-have for any young dancer, professional dancer, dance teacher, studio owner… the list goes on. I use them constantly for reducing swelling in tired feet and legs, acute injuries, and even to keep my lunch cold.
With a sewing machine, some scrap fabric, and plain white rice, you can easily create a hot/cold pack that is customized, cute, and chemical-free!
Here’s how to make them:
- Cut doubled fabric into 6″ x 6″ squares (So, you need two squares for each compress).
- Using a 5/8″ seam, sew a border around your squares with the right sides out (this is unusual if you’ve sewed before…). Start your border midway through one side and leave a gap so that the two pieces of fabric aren’t completely sewn together. Remember, you’re making a pouch and need to fill it!
- Place a funnel through the opening and fill with 1-1/2 to 2 cups of white rice.
- Sew the pouch closed.
- Using pinking shears, trim the seams to make a cute, finished edge.
What other ideas do you have for easy, DIY gifts for dancers?