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Friday, September 6, 2013

How to make a soft and cozy hot water bottle cover

I love all kinds of gadgets that keep you warm in a cold winter night. And I especially love it when it's not only warm but soft and cozy, too.

Hot water bottles are great, because they stay warm a lot longer than cushions filled with rice, wheat or other materials that you heat in the microwave (for a tutorial on a rice and lavender heat cushion that works just this way, click here). On the other hand the fabric cushions are a not nicer to touch than the rubber of the hot water bottle. To get the best of both all you need is a soft cover for the hot water bottle, and the best is it's really easy to make.

I'm using my leftover fabric from the blanket with sleeves, but any fabric will do just fine.

I chose the simple envelope-technique, because it's quick and simple to make and easy to use.

All you need to to is cut a piece of fabric that is a little wider and a little more than twice as long as you hot water bottle.

Sew a hem on the two short sides. Then fold the strip so that it is a little larger than the bottle and that the two short sides overlap just off the middle of the cover. The wrong side of the fabric is facing outwards.

Close the two long sides with a simple straight stitch and turn the cover right side out.

Fill you bottle with hot water and insert it into the cover through the opening.

Have you made a project following this tutorial? Let me know what you think. Did you like it? Was it easy to understand and to follow? Do you have any suggestions?
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