How to Make a Hot Water Bottle Cover

Written by karen ellis
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How to Make a Hot Water Bottle Cover
(joester toaster at Flickr)

With basic sewing skills, you should be able to make your own hot water bottle cover. Choose a soft fabric, such as felt, flannel or fabric fleece. A third of a yard should be plenty of material for a single cover.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Straight pins

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  1. 1

    Measure the length and width of your hot water bottle. Add 1 inch to the width and 5¾ inches to the length. With a ruler, mark and cut a newspaper rectangle according to your measurements.

  2. 2

    Fold the fabric in half. Pin the pattern to your folded fabric and cut around it. (You will have two pieces.)

  3. 3

    Place the fabric--- right sides together---and pin around the two longer sides and the bottom side. Sew the three sides with a ½- inch seam. Remove the pins as you sew---do not sew over them.

  4. 4

    Press over ¼-inch at the top of the cover and then fold over another 4-inches and press again.

  5. 5

    Pin, all the way around, close to the last fold. Sew around where you have pinned, leaving a 3-inch opening. Stitch all the way around the cover, 1 inch above the last stitching, forming a tube.

  6. 6

    Measure around the neck of the hot water bottle and add three inches. Cut a length of ¾-inch elastic to this measurement.

  7. 7

    Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and work it into the opening and all the way around to the opposite side, through the tube. Lap the two ends of elastic, one on top of the other, and sew across them several times for strength.

  8. 8

    Push the elastic ends into the tube and hand sew the opening closed. Stretch the elastic area to get the hot water bottle inside the cover.

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