A quick quilted hot water bottle cover

Finished hot water bottle cover

Finished hot water bottle cover

One of our own makes from the house of Ochre and Ocre this month as the lovely Ali from Very Berry Handmade is facing lots of deadlines, but do not fear she will be back to inspire you next month!

With Christmas creeping up on us, we wanted to make something that you could give us a gift, but that wouldn’t take too long. We think our hottie cover would make a great gift for young or old, and we’ve done a very simple version for speed, but there are lots of ways you can pimp it up, more about that in a minute.

You will need:
A hot water bottle this forms your template
Organic cotton fabric – we used our Malvern Grey stripe for the outside and Isabella Stone for the lining organic cotton, but you can use the same fabric for both.Our organic cotton fat quarters are just the right size for his project.
Some batting or wadding
Ribbon or bias binding – you can even cut your own if you have time
Use a 1cm seam allowance through out unless specified.

The good thing about this project is you don’t need a lot of fabric, so it’s a great way to use up your odds and ends.

Firstly make your pattern – so using a sheet of A3 paper or even newspaper, place your hot water bottle onto the paper and draw around it.

Making the paper pattern

Making the paper pattern

Then draw a second line 2cm away from the first line. This is your cutting line.

Adding the seam allowance

Adding the seam allowance

Our back has an overlapping flap so cut out the bottle shape – a quick tip here, fold the pattern in half lengthways to check that it is symmetrical. Adjust as necessary.

Then fold your pattern in half widthways. Draw a horizontal line at the halfway mark.

Draw a line 4cm above your halfway line – this will form the pattern for the bottom half of your hottie cover.
Draw another line 4cm below the halfway line. – this will be the cutting line for the top of your hottie pattern.

Paper pattern with the top and bottom pieces marked out

Paper pattern with top and bottom pieces marked out

Place the pattern on the fabric – make sure the edge runs parallel to the selvedge.
Cut out 1 whole front piece. (Or 2 if you are using the same fabric for your lining)

Draw around the pattern on the organic cotton fabric

Draw around the pattern on the organic cotton fabric

Fold your pattern on the cutting line for the bottom and cut out the bottom of the hottie, and fold again on the top cutting line to cut out the hottie top.

Cut out the bottom piece

Cut out the bottom piece

Cut out the top piece for the back

Cut out the top piece for the back

You will need to repeat this if you are using a different lining fabric.

All the pieces cut out in the organic cotton

All the pieces cut out in the organic cotton

Cut out 1 whole piece, and a top and bottom in your wadding.

Cut out the wadding

Cut out the wadding

Sandwich your wadding between the outer and lining fabric with right sides outer.

Layer the wadding between the front and lining fabric

Layer the wadding between the front and lining fabric

Start to quilt the 3 sections. The advantage of using a stripe is you already have lines to follow. Work from the inside to the outside edge on each section. We did a random pattern of stripes, the joy of this is you can decide how much you quilt.

Quilting the pieces

Quilting the pieces

The quilted piece on the reverse

The quilted piece on the reverse

Once all the pieces are quilted you then need to finish the opening edges.
We used a red ribbon to bring out the red in the Malvern stripe. You can also make your own binding or use bias binding.

Start from the lining side and stitch the ribbon across the top. Approx 0.5cm from the edge.

Attaching the ribbon

Attaching the ribbon

Turn the ribbon over and stitch it across the top of the hottie on the front side.

Stitching the ribbon on the right side

Stitching the ribbon on the right side

(Again speed was of the essence for us – the alternative is to stitch it on the front side first and then handstitch it on the reverse).

Do the same on both back pieces and across the top opening.

Attaching the ribbon to the neck opening

Attaching the ribbon to the neck opening

Stitching the ribbon on the neck opening

Stitching the ribbon on the neck opening

If you want to add any applique or decoration to your cover you need to do it now before you join the front and back together.

Position the lower back piece onto the front piece right sides together with the bottom edge aligning.
Now place the top piece onto the front piece – it will overlap the bottom piece in the middle.

Laying the front and back together

Laying the front and back pieces together

Pin in place so the back pieces are the same size as the front.

Stitch all the way around leaving the top opening open for easy filling.

We then trimmed the seams, used a zig zag to reinforce the edges and neaten them then turned the cover the right way out.

Pop in your hottie – boil a kettle and snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Turn the hottie the right side out

Turn the hottie the right side out

Pic 19 The back of the hottie

Finished hot water bottle cover

Finished hot water bottle cover

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