By Laura Bray
Skill Level: Intermediate
Completion Time: 2-3 hours
Warm the heart of someone you love with this hot water bottle cover. There’s nothing better on a cold night than cuddling up with a cute and cozy hot water bottle. This cover keeps your bottle toasty warm.
• 9” X 12” Craft Cuts of Kunin Premium Felt in:
o Candy Pink
o Neon Blue* Depending on the size of your hot water bottle, you may need to get a larger piece of felt. Luckily, Kunin Felts are available by the yard at your local Walmart.
• 9” x 12” Craft Cut of Kunin Classic Felt in:
o Baby Pink
• Basic sewing supplies
• Embroidery floss
• Cotton Batting
1. Fold the blue felt in half. Lay your hot water bottle on it, with the bottom of the bottle on the fold, and trace around the bottle, leaving at least a 1” margin around it. When you come to the top of the bottle trace as shown in the photo. The cover goes onto the empty bottle via the top, so you will need adequate space to fit it through the opening, as shown in the photo.
2. Mark two points where the neck of the bottle curves in.
3. Cut out water bottle. Cut slits on the marks at the neck of the bottle shape. Make sure the slits go through both layers of the felt and match-up.
4. Create a design. I used simple shapes to create a folk-art flower. Get creative! Flowers, hearts, animals, the possibilities are endless! Once I made my design, I cut the pieces out different colored felts.
5. Lay the design pieces onto one side of the hot water bottle shape, pin in place, and stitch onto the top layer. Do not stitch through both layers. I handstitched mine on, but you can also attach them with a sewing machine or even using a strong craft glue.
6. Once your design is attached, cut a rectangle of batting, slightly smaller than the hot water bottle shape, and pin in the middle of the felt piece. Make sure your design is on the other side! Stitch in place.
7. Once the batting is in place, fold the felt piece, right sides (the side with the design) facing. Stitch around the bottle shape, leaving the top, neck portion open.
8. Turn out the bottle cover right side out.
9. Insert your hot water bottle into the cover. I gently folded mine in half and slipped it through the opening.
10. Thread the ribbon through the slits you cut at the neck, bringing each ribbon end up from the back. Tie at the bottle’s neck.
When you aren’t using the hot water bottle, you can use the ribbon to tie the hot water bottle’s lid onto the cozy.
You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt; Kunin® Premiumfelt and Corduroy non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.
About Designer Laura Bray
Laura Bray lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their daughter, and a guinea pig named Oreo. She loves to create beautiful and functional projects with felt. To see more of her felt creations, visit her blog at www.laurabraydesigns.com. She also collects felt craft projects on her Pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com/laurabraydesigns/felt-crafts/