Hot water bottles are one of the best things to use to keep warm on a cold winter night. These cute, cuddly designs will prevent make your hot water bottle from causing minor scalds or burns, and encourage the kids to get into bed early.
Step 1: Materials
- Hot water bottle
- Polar fleece blanket or fabric
- Coloured felt
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
Step 2: Template
Using a A3 piece of paper, draw the shape of the design that you want to make and cut it out.
To make sure my design was symmetrical I folded the paper in half and cut around the design.
In order to draw my shape the right size I first traced the hot water bottle that I was going to use and then drew the design around it
Step 3: Cut Out the Base Template
Pin the template to the polar fleece blanket and cut it out.
Step 4: Back Template
For the back template, trace around the top and bottom half of the front template separately (as seen in photo)
Make sure to add at least 3cm to the bottom of each so that there can be an overlap
Step 5: Face
Draw out the features of the face on a piece of paper and cut them out
Pin each feature onto the desired colour felt and cut it out
One at a time sew the features onto the dolls head, on the front piece (as seen in photos)
Step 6: Adding Extra Decorations
Add any further decorations using the same technique as you did with the face.
I chose to add a diamond and flower to brighten up my work.
Step 7: Front Lining
To make my water bottle cover more sturdy I decided to add an inner lining to it
To do this I got a plain piece of cotton fabric
Place the front template onto the fabric, pin it and cut it out
Now that you have your lining piece, take the decorated piece and place it on top of the lining.
I found that the two fabric pieces stuck together well enough on there own, but if not it may be easier to pin them together
Step 8: Back Lining
Do the same for the back pieces.
Using the templates previously created, cut out the lining pieces
Place the polar fleece pieces on top of the lining pieces, as seen above
Step 9: Sewing It Together
Take both front and back and place them right sides together (as seen above)
Pin them in place
Using a sewing machine, sew around the outside
In this case it is not necessary to leave a gap as it can be turned inside out through the fold at the back
Step 10: Cut Notches
Cut triangle shaped notches around any curved edges
Step 11: Turn Inside Out
Turn the cover inside out through the opening in the back
Step 12: Finishing the Edges
To neaten the edges of the opening at the back, I used some embroidery thread to finish the edge with blanket stitch.
(To neaten the opening - You could also fold this edge over before stitching the front and back together)
Step 13: Finished Product
Your hot water bottle cover is now ready for use, just slip the hot water bottle into the cover using the opening at the back
This method can be used to create many different hot water bottle covers. In addition to the babushka doll, I also made a simple cover.