Today I have the honor of introducing Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots. Maggie is another one of my favorite bloggers, her blog is just so much fun to read! She is another blogger that I could imagine myself living down the street from…can someone please build this DIY community already?! HA! With 3 kids under 5, and another one on the way – Maggie speaks the same language of crazy that I do, and I love it.

She is just so crazy talented, always blowing me away with her tutorials…

Her quirky sense of humor…

And what may be my favorite, her birthday parties and recipes…


I just love following along with Maggie, and I cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve for her New Years ReSewLution!

Welcome Maggie!

Thanks Jessica and ‘Hello’ Me Sew Crazy readers! I just love this idea for a blog series, Jess is always thinking of the best ideas isn’t she? I have to admit that I have quite the list of New Year’s ReSEWlutions this year as I am expecting our 4th little baby in June, there is always so much to do before a new baby arrives. There were so many to choose from…umm, working on unfinished projects, using up my scraps, making some maternity clothes for this ever growing belly of mine…but what I really wanted to get a start with was brushing up on my “I should really use them more often” embroidery skills.

I love, love, love embroidery and I think it really adds that special handmade touch to any project you’ve been working on. Embroidery can give a dress, baby blanket, or even a pillow that perfect final detail that makes it go from just okay to awesome.

I also love embroidery for adding a personal touch to any project, it is perfect for adding in names or sweet little sayings that are meaningful to the recipient as well as the giver!

To warm up my embroidery skills, I decided to make each of my 3 children (plus one for the new babe who’s gender is yet to be determined!) their very own hot/cold pack personalized with their names just for them! It’s so nice to have something that is your very own when you have multiple siblings, don’t you think? I thought these would be perfect for using as cozy hot packs after they have been outside playing in the cold snowy weather, once they rip off their snowsuits and coats they can sit down and warm themselves up with a sweet little pack of warmth made just for them!

Embroidered Hot & Cold Packs

  • 2 pieces of fabric (per pack) measuring 7 x 13 inches
  • scraps of linen of muslin to fit a shape you wish to embroider
  • straight pins
  • coordinating thread and sewing machine
  • chopstick or other tool for pushing out corners
  • iron and ironing board
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • embroidery hoop
  • disappearing ink pen
  • dry rice for filling

**Just an FYI, I filled my hot/cold packs 3/4 of the way full and it took about 5 pounds of rice to fill two packs of this size.

**Heat the packs in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your microwave, some may need additional time. I like to flip mine halfway through! You can also keep these in the freezer so they are ready and waiting as a boo-boo pack as well.

I cut several pieces of fabric to the measurement of 7 x 13 inches to make a 6 x 12 inch sized hot/cold pack as I thought this was the perfect size hot pack to warm their little bodies on the couch after playing outside. It is also a great size for a hot/cold neck or low back pack for an adult or to act as a tummy soother.

I also used up some scraps of linen and muslin for embroidering, yay for using up scraps!

For a few of my packs I cut out random shapes, a heart, square or rectangle, and then place the linen behind it and pinned it in place. This makes a great canvas for embroidering words or pictures.

Then I sewed around each shape using a 1/4 inch seam allowance to keep it in place.

I used a very small embroidery hoop and made sure the fabric was nice and snug before I grabbed my disappearing ink pen to write out what I wanted to embroider. To write out letters I like to use a fine tipped pen as it is easier to embroider handwriting that isn’t smushed together by a thicker-tipped pen!

Once I was done embroidering, I place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sewed around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I left a 2-3 inch opening at one end for turning and filling. Make sure you clip the corners before turning and then push out the corners very carefully with a chopstick or a similar pointy tool.

I bought the inexpensive, generic store-brand rice to fill the packs with although you could also use dried barley or flaxseed as well too. You can even add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils to give the packs a soothing or calming scent. On a side note, make sure to keep your packs dry as the grains will get moldy if wet!

Fill each bag 3/4 full and then sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch or using your sewing machine and sewing the ends closed using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.

When you are done, heat them up in the microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute at a time until they are the perfect temperature to warm up your little ones. Enjoy the coziness this winter!

Thanks for having me today Jess, it was so fun to be here today!



Maggie, those are the cutest little embroidered hot / cold packs! I can’t even tell you how much I used those not only when I was pregnant, but also afterwards for breastfeeding! The little embroidered touch you put on them is just fantastic. ‘Warm like butta’ – I mean – come on, how cute is that?!! Thank you so much for being here and being a part of the Series!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!