If you’re local you’ll know all about the Arctic temperatures and vicious winds we’ve been having for the last few weeks. While I appreciate a bit of a dip in temperatures pre-Christmas, by the end of January I am just so over it. Maybe you can identify?
So I thought I would post an easy tutorial I originally posted years ago on my own blog, for making your own EXTREMELY EASY hot water bottle cover. I made this on my sewing machine in about 15 minutes, but fear not if you don’t have one – it would make a super easy handsewing project while watching an evening film.
A note on fabric: I used (and recommend) fleece for this project. It doesn’t fray and thus requires no edge finishing (yay!). Also, it has 4-way stretch (meaning it stretches horizontally and vertically), which makes it very easy to get a snug fit on something that changes shape depending on whether it’s empty or full, and to stretch a smaller opening to fit. If not fleece, you’ll need to use another fabric with 4-way stretch. So here we go!
1/2 metre fleece or other 4-way stretch soft fabric
20cm coordinating ribbon
Thread in coordinating colour (+ needle if sewing by hand)
Construction Paper & Pencil
Fabric shears + sewing pins
1. Start by filling up your hot water bottle (HWB) with cold water.
2. Lay the HWB flat on a sheet of newspaper or construction paper. Because it’s full it will be slightly convex. With the HWB laying flat on its fat belly, rest a pencil straight against one side of it with the point on the paper, and trace around the entire shape of the HWB, including the mouth. Cut around this outline to make your pattern piece. The stretchiness of the fabric means you don’t need to add a seam allowance, and the cover will be nice and snug (go fleece!).
3. Depending on the fabric you choose, there might be a design placement you want to include or centre on the HWB cover, so play around briefly by placing the pattern piece over portions of your fabric and decide where you’ll want to cut. When you’re happy with the placement, pin the pattern piece to the fabric and carefully cut around it. Do this twice– once for front and once for back.
4. With the right sides together (wrong sides facing outward), begin stitching about an inch away from the top left curve (as shown above), roughly 1/4 inch from the edge. Stitch all the way around, making sure to curve the corners. Flip it inside out to reveal the right sides of the fabric.
5. Position the centre of the ribbon at the centre of the cover’s back panel, at the base of the bottle’s opening. Stitch this in place.
6. It’s easiest to get the bottle into the cover when it’s empty and folded in half lengthwise. Bring the ribbon ends around to the front and tie into a bow. Done!