D.I.Y CHRONIC EDITION – HOMEMADE HOTTIE
Meet Gerald, my trusty companion who keeps me company when Tim is abroad. He sports a mauve faux fur water bottle cover made by yours truly and a lavender grey tea.
To beat those winter blues away I decided to take it upon myself to make a hot water bottle cover. On a windy Sunday afternoon I made my way down to The Fabric Store which is located on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. After two hours of struggling to make a decision I finally found the right fabric. I made my way home to get sewing and this is the end result.
YOU WILL NEED
1 x MEASURING TAPE
1 X THREAD (SAME COLOUR AS THE MATERIAL)
1 X SEWING NEEDLE
1 X PAIR OF MATERIAL SCISSORS
1 X PACK OF DARTING PINS
1 X HOT WATER BOTTLE
1 X BLACK FELT TIPPED PEN
A ROLL OF BAKING PAPER
50cm x 60cm OF YOUR CHOSEN MATERIAL
THE BREAK DOWN
STEP ONE – First choose you material. It is easier to start off with flannelette if you have never sewn before as the material will not stretch hence will be easier to pin and sew together. Once you feel confident with your sewing needle you can move onto trickier materials.
STEP TWO – Lay out the hot water bottle and trace around it with a felt tip pen onto some baking paper. Do this twice and then add an extra 2cm onto the outline. Adding an extra 2cm ensures that once sewn you will have enough room for your hot water bottle to get cosy. The first template should look like the picture below. This is the front of the hot water bottle cover.
FRONT COVER TEMPLATE
BACK COVER TEMPLATE
The picture above is the second template. This is the back of the hot water bottle cover. The back has an overlapping flap so you can get your hot water bottle in and out. To allow for a comfortable overlap, fold your front pattern in half and draw a horizontal line at the halfway mark. Draw a line 4cm above your halfway line. This line is the top of the bottom half of your hot water back pattern. Draw another line 4cm below your half way line. This line is the bottom of the top half of your back pattern.
STEP THREE – Start pinning! I pinned the templates following the inside line to ensure that I could cut an even cover. Please see pictures below. Once the templates were pinned I cut out the covers.
PINNING THE TEMPLATE ON
CUTTING THE TEMPLATE OUT
STEP FOUR- You should have three pieces of material in total – the front cover, the back top piece and the back bottom piece. I turned them all so the inside of the hot water bottle was facing outwards. Start pinning them all together ensuring that they line up evenly or you will end up with a wonky cover. When pinning leave a 1cm gap between the outside of the covers to give yourself some room to sew.
PINNING THE COVERS TOGETHER
STEP FIVE – Once the covers are pinned you can begin to sew. Sew all the pieces together and then finish off the stitching. You can now turn your bottle inside out and voila!