I found this lovely pack of pink vintage fabrics at our village fete that I was determined to make something beautiful out of. The trouble was that each piece of fabric came in awkward lengths and were all different types of fabric, from satin to linen.
So I designed this hot-water bottle cover that showcased all the pretty fabrics and yet wasn't compromised by the differing lengths and weights of fabric.
I began by drawing around my hot-water bottle leaving an inch around the outside.
Carry on until you have enough triangles added to lay your paper template on.
I like having the triangles facing the top right corner, but do use your eye to find what is most pleasing to you.
It is important to cut your fabric at least 2inches wider all around your paper template. This will allow for the water bottle to be filled as well as the seams you will soon sew.
I wanted to add a few pretty details so I found these lovely frills and laces at a local haberdashery shop. Gently pin them into place along a few of the lines between the fabrics.
I cut a piece of heavy cotton (fleece would work equally as well) that I cut out to the same shape as the rest of my cover.
Then I sewed through the lace, the cover and backing along each of the lines where the triangles are joined. This gave it a light quilting effect.
The front is now complete!
The photo here may be confusing as the white fabric you can see is the front, and the red is the hot-water bottle.
Again cut your light fabric slightly longer and tuck it around the heave fabric and pin into place.
To finish I am adding a length of lace that I will sew onto the back of the pocket as I sew this seam.
Once you turn the two back pieces over this is what they should look like...
I have only sewn the mid point on both of these sections.
Lay the front section faced up.
Now lay the bottom of the back section facing down onto the front piece.
Finally add the top of the back section facing down onto the two other pieces.
I am not one to over pin normally, but in this incident I was keen to mark out exactly where I intended to sew.
Once sewn trim around your cover leaving half an inch around the stitches.
Turn it inside out to reveal a pretty back to your cover...
Happy Birthday Sue…I hope it keeps you warm at night!