I wish I had a link for this pattern to share with you but it has been removed from the Martha Stewart website. In last year's Martha Stewart Christmas Holiday issue and I believe on one of the recent Martha Stewart Craft segments, there was a pattern for making nifty hand warmers using pie weights.
Basically, you take two 3x5" cashmere squares, sew around and leave an opening to add 1/2 cup ceramic pie weights. Blanket stitch around. Don't try this at home: Put in microwave for 5 minutes, no less, no longer.
I made a test one and couldn't fit the entire 1/2 cup of pie weights in it. It also caught on fire. Well, more of a smolder but it busted the seam and the fire hot pie weights fell out.
I tried to be smart, outside of buying a 3 jars of pie weights. I only bought a small amount of cashmere. I made a test warmer last night and microwaved it. It was perfect - it was warm for about 20 minutes. So I bought a bunch more cashmere last night! Today, I put it in the microwave again and after about 4 minutes, a foul odor emerged. The fabric had burned.
So, unless I find a microwave work-around, I'm out a bit of dough for gifts I was making this holiday season. Interestingly, in the last week or so, this pattern was removed from the Martha Stewart website. I put a message on the Martha Stewart craft board but haven't received a response. I also wrote Martha Stewart in the Ask Martha link.
Does anyone else have suggestions? It seems like putting a cup of water in the microwave might help but damp hand warmers don't sound so cozy. And if you are on my gift list, please ignore this post and remember that I will try to not give you a dangerous present.
Picture is from the defunct Hand Warmer pattern on the Martha Stewart website. No link available.