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Fan "Heat Seat"

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So I have NO sewing skillsbut I have a Mom who does.  I wanted to submit something that I designed and we sewed up together.  We also have spent many days freezing watching sporting events and such and wanted to come up with something that would keep you warm at the game.

We present FAN HEAT SEAT for your Voteing pleasure.

This is designed to be used at an outside sporting event in the winter or while hunting or just trying to keep warm.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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This has few parts and a very low cost.

We purchased:
  1. 2 Square Yards of Camo Fleece (any fleece color is fine)
  2. an 18 inch by 36 inch piece of foam
  3. one button

We also used a sewing machine, wheel cutter, scissors, thread, measuring tape, cutting mat and rulers.

I think we spent a grand total of $12 on this project.

Step 2: Step 1 - Measure Twice and Cut Once!

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Cut the foam into two equal pieces that are 18 inches by 18 inches.  One will be used for the back cusion/insulation and the other will be used for the seat/insulation.

Lay out the 2 square yards of fleece and measure and cut off the bottom twenty inches.  This piece will be used later to sew a pocket for the foam to go in.
i have always thought about making something like this for hunting, sitting on a snowy ground when you don't have proper gear gets chilly quick. I might just make one of these, though i might use denim on the bottom of the cushion for a bit more durability. Awesome instructable :D
PaleoDan (author)  infernisdiem1 year ago
You might want to look for some water proof canvas or oil cloth, waterproofing the bottom would be a welcomed improvement over the fleece.

Good luck and thanks
catcher3032 years ago
Way to go Dan and Ann!!!! This sounds wonderful and wish I had one during those cold and windy soccer games for Jerry Jr.

Good Luck
(and stop whipping Mom!!!)
PaleoDan (author)  catcher3032 years ago
Thanks but whipping Mom is the fun part!
Lyn01042 years ago
Someone had the same idea on "Dragons Den" last night (Jan 25, 2012). They said it was a bad idea. but all they want are things to make money. I liked the idea. Is your Mom going into business?
PaleoDan (author)  Lyn01042 years ago
Was not really thinking about that. My Mom is 78 and enjoys retirement. This was my design because I have froze my butt off too many times on metal bleachers watching sporting events. I only made it Camo colored so I could use it hunting as well.

We made this specifically for the Instructables contest because I like this site.

I think with more planning this could be productized and would have a market niche.

I have not heard of Dragon Den so I will check it out. Thanks you for the information.
It's Dragon's Den at CBC tv. Episode 14.
PaleoDan (author)  Lyn01042 years ago
Thank you - I found it online. That is not a show I have heard of before. Kinda like Shark Tank.
l8nite2 years ago
neat idea, I'd be concerned about the foam soaking up moisture though so plastic wrapping the pads or using purchased seat pads and adding zippers to the pockets for ease of washing might be a good idea. Personally a piece of foam that covers my whole back to the shoulder would be appreciated, in fact that's what I'm going to be discussing with my daughter who sews tomorrow !
PaleoDan (author)  l8nite2 years ago
I like that idea about covering the foam or possibly using a closed cell foam to avoid a sponge effect.

We had planned to make this longer to cover all the way down to your feet but when we got home after ordering the fabric from the store, they had shorted us half a yard. One other item that might work out on this is a hood. It could be sewn into the top and pulled up for use.

If you are going to make this with your daughter, plan on about 4-5 hours or so. That is what it took us and since this was our first try, it should be about equal. Once you made a few of these I think you could shorten that time a bit.

Enjoy and keep warm.