Introduction: Hot Harley Electric Couch Warmer

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Looking for a hot seat on a cold night? You’ve come to the right place.This 'ible will show you how to create your own Electric Couch Warmer.  Not alot of time or money is required. The project as shown utilized a sewing machine, but it could also be hand stitched.

Step 1: Supplies

1 Waterbed heater – If you don’t have one laying around (I did) they can often be found at thrift stores.

1.2 yards (38”) Aluminized cotton, commonly used for ironing board covers and available at most fabric stores.

1.2 yards (38”) any material suitable for the bottom outer layer.I used black sweatshirt material to match the Harley towel on the front.You actually have enough fabric for the top and bottom if that’s the look you‘re going for.

1 Harley Davidson velour towel – Check out your local flea market for unique items. This is were you make the project your own.Other options: sports team, your favorite brew, match the room décor.

6” Velcro

Note: The measurements provided will fit a 14”x 34” heater.To fit any heater – measure and add 2” to the width and 4” to the length. Be sure to purchase enough material – determined by the length of the heater plus 4”.

Step 2: Lining

Lining – Cut two pieces of Aluminized cotton fabric 16”x 38”

Pin right sides together. The shiny side is the right side.

Using a ½” seam allowance – stitch around three sides of the panel.

Leave one 16” side unstitched.

I used red thread through-out the demo but suggest using a coordinating thread.

Step 3: Outer Layer

Cut Harley towel to16”x 38” - be sure to center the design.

Cut 1 piece of sweatshirt material 16”x 38”.

Pin fabric right sides together.

Using a ½” seam allowance – stitch around three sides of the panel.

Leave one 16” side unstitched.

Turn right side out.

Step 4: Insert Liner

Slip Aluminized liner inside of outer layer.

The seams from both layers should match-up.

When completed, the right side of the Aluminized liner will be in direct contact with the heater. This provides a layer of protection between the heater and the decorative fabric.

Step 5: Topstitch Opening

Fold the top edge of the lining down ½“to the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold the top edge of the outer layer down ½” to the wrong side of the fabric.

It is easiest to do both layers at the same time – pinning as you go.

The seams that you folded down should lie between the layers and not be visible.

Top stitch as close to the top edge as possible.

Step 6: Velcro

Cut 2 - 3” strips of Velcro

Pin Velcro 2” from side seams just below the top stitching is step 5.

Be sure the “hook” and “loop” match-up.

Stitch around all sides of the Velcro.

Step 7: Insert Heater

Slide heater into cover,

Heater controls / wiring at the open end.

Secure in place with the Velcro.

Plug-in and enjoy.

Recommend starting at the coolest setting.

In most cases this will provide all the warmth you need.

Step 8: Caution

Always unplug when not in use (ie your not sitting on it)

This use is not approved by the waterbed heater manufacturer.

Use at your own risk.

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