|January 1948 in northern New Hampshire|
This Christmas I thought it would be a fine idea to make my two older granddaughters their very own barley bags. I was right. They were thrilled and put the hot packs to use that very night. One hot pack was red plaid:
And one was green plaid:
And I have since made a third one since they thought their mom would like to have one too.
As I mentioned in the directions, I think, over time the barley can take on a scorched aroma. When that happens, you can open up the place where the bag was hand-stitched shut, dump out the scorched barley, put the empty bag through the washer and dryer, add fresh barley, and stitch it up again. I just did this with one of ours. Just like new again!
The pictures can't really convey how warm and cozy these flannel hot packs are. If it's cold in your neck of the woods, you might want to whip up a few of these!