Yesterday I shared the embroidered felt hot water bottle cover that we made and I mentioned some quilted ones that I’d made for Christmas presents last year. As luck would have it, I still had one left over that I hadn’t gifted (and haven’t used myself…yet!) so I thought you might like to see it too as an alternative option.
The tutorial I originally used was in a Liberty booklet that came free with a monthly mag. Luckily for you, it is now available on the Liberty blog here. Sadly my hottie didn’t get nearly such a glamorous photo shoot!
It is a while since I made them but here are some tips:
- Instead of thread basting the layers, use pins or curved safety pins to be a bit quicker
- Instead of slip-stitching the binding to the back of the two front pieces, fold it to the back and then machine stitch in the ditch from the front making sure you catch the binding behind. You don’t really see the inside of the cover anyway.
- You could vary the spacing of the quilting lines, or even do them vertically or horizontally based on your preference (my lines are roughly 4cm apart – probably based on the ruler I had to hand!)
- For the edge binding, I machine stitched it first to the side with the opening and then slip-stiched it to the other side (the opposite from the tutorial). I did this because the edges of the opening take quite a lot of strain as you open the cover to fill the bottle and I wasn’t sure hand-stitching on this side would be as durable.
This is a great project for stash busting. Use up some pretty fat quarters you have for the outside, and mix & match scraps on the inside (nobody is going to see them anyway). Or for a more contemporary look why not use a textured solid for the main pieces, like this yarn dyed Robert Kaufman Essex Linen, and then use a patterned bias binding instead – either buy a premade one or make some yourself.
I hope that gives you some ideas. These were really fun to make and a great gift to give.