First gather your tools and materials. You could do this project all by hand, but some use of the sewing machine will speed it up. I didn't go out and buy anything for this because I have tonnes of fabric around the house that needs using.
Other things: Pins, a small needle and an embroidery needle (with a sharp point), embroidery silks, sharp scissors (and pinking shears if you've got them), wadding, assorted buttons, some circles of card (cereal box will be perfect), fabric for your main cover AND of course, a hot water bottle (available from hardware stores, chemists and probably online, these days).
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Step 1: Sufolk Puffs
- Cut out your fabric circle and then sew a running stitch close to the edge.
- Pull the thread to draw your puff together in the centre
- Flatten the puff so that you have a puff half the size of your original circle.
- Finish off by stitching a few times into the middle of the puff to secure (then it won't come undone).
- Finally press the puff so that it sits nice and flat and round.
Put the puffs to one side.
Step 2: Make a Cover Pattern
Step 3: Cut Out Front Pieces
First you need to cut out the front. So pin your cover pattern to the navy (outisde) fabric and cut around it. Repeat with the grey (inside).
When cutting out the wadding, leave a half-inch excess, to allow the wadding to move while you are quilting. It sometimes moves about - nobody knows why.
Step 4: Cut Out the Reverse Pieces
Cut your pattern into two pieces (as shown) and pin these to the outside fabric, leaving 4 or 5 inches gap in between. Here you are allowing for a hem and for the over-lap so the bottle doesn't fall out). I used a chalk pencil to draw my lines on, but you can do it by eye if you like (or just use an ordinary pencil).
Cut around these pattern pieces the same as before in outside, inside.
Finally pin to the wadding and don't forget to leave half an inch extra around the edge to allow for wadding-shifs.
Step 5: Pin the Pieces Together
Also pin the hem on the slot in the back pieces by folding the outside (navy) fabric once and then twice, so it overlaps the grey fabric - you don't want any wadding showing.
Step 6: Tack the Pieces Together
So tack front and back pieces. It takes a while, but is really important, so don't skip it. Put something good on the telly and you'll get it done in no time.
Then you can take the pins out from around the edges.
Step 7: Attach Your Suffolk Puffs
Then sew these on using slip stitch - keep the stitches as small as you can, so that they don't show up. BUT make sure you push the needle all the way through to the grey fabric at the back - you need to keep the pieces together. I used thread to match the colour of my puffs. If you are low on thread it is always a good idea to use grey - it tones with most colours.
I learned this stiich from my mum years ago, but for some more complicated stitches and techniqhes, I would highly reccommend Sew it Up! by Ruth Singer. I expect you can find instructions on the internets these days, but I like my book (see youtube).
Step 8: Embroider Stems and Leaves
Remember also to decorate the back of your cover!
Step 9: Attach Buttons for Flower Centres
Step 10: Pin Back & Front Together and Then Sew
Pin around your bottle (about half and inch from the sides) and sew with the machine. You can do this by hand, but it takes a bit longer.
Step 11: Trim Excess
Step 12: Embroider "sew Warm"
Now, at last, you can take out the orange tacking - your bottle cover will look different at once!
Step 13: Make Binding (for Trim) and Sew Into Place to Finish!
To avoid seeing a raw edge, fold the edge of the grey fabric over before pinning to your cover - it's a bit fiddly, but worth it. Pin it on all the way around the front of your cover and then pull it around and pin it all the way around the back of the cover (remembering to fold over the edge to make it neat.
Now you can sew your trim on by using the slipstitch again (like with the puffs). You could do this on the machine, but I thought it looked prettier to do it by hand. Again, it takes a while, but it's a nice winter activity if you've got The Great Gatsby on the TV.
YAY - your bottle cover is finished! Fill it up with hot water, and snuggle!