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How to Sew a Hot Water Bottle Cover

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I looked at a few water bottle covers tutorials and noticed that they’re very creative but miss the step about getting a cover that fits! If I’m going to appliqué the front, I really hope the water bottle will fit in it once it’s done. My instructible is for the basics, please add your own creative touch.

 Although I sewed this by machine, it is simple enough that it can be done by hand. I do recommend reinforcing the sides of the opening as this is the most likely place for your stitching to break.

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Step 1: What you need:

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Water bottle
Paper
Pen
Ruler
Tape
Polar fleece, 9" of 60" wide ( 23 cm of 150 cm wide)
2 sew-on snaps
Thread
Either a needle or a sewing machine

Step 2: Draft the Front piece, aka: the master block:

Trace around your water leaving at least 1” (2.54 cm) of paper around the edges. If your water bottle has a tab at the top - most of them do – draw a line across it on the paper. If your water bottle has a very pronounced funnel shaped top, square up the lines to make it easier to tuck in the bottle neck when it’s done.

Draw a line 1” (2.54 cm) away from the original water bottle tracing, going all the way around. This 1” includes ½” (1.2 cm) of seam allowance and ½” of ease. This is the master block and the front panel. Cut 1 in polar fleece.

Step 3: Draft the Back pieces:

Measure your master block from the shoulder to the bottom. From the shoulder of the block, measure down 1/4 of the total distance and draw a line across and cut straight. This will make the opening to get the water bottle in.

To the Bottom Back piece, tape a piece of paper to the cut edge and add 1½” (3.8 cm) hem allowance. Cut 1 in fleece.

To the Top Back piece, tape a piece of paper to the cut edge and add 2¼” (5.7 cm) hem and overlap allowance. Cut 1 in fleece.
 
I'm not great with the sewing machine but fancied trying this. The tutorial was so straightforward - lots of pictures and easy to follow instructions - so I turned one out very quickly and it looks really professional! Thank you so much - its inspired me to try other things :)
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