Santa Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial

by Josie Day

Santa Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial

Stitch up this gorgeous hot water bottle cover as a perfect gift for any teenager (if you can bear to give it away!) using homemade pure wool felt. To prepare your own simply shrink a ‘hand wash only’ jumper by throwing it in the washing machine on a hot wash. I used a vintage Benetton cashmere number which looks and feels nothing short of luxurious!

Step 1

Prepare your pattern by drawing around your hot water bottle, adding a 1cm seam allowance. Mark two lines 3cms apart, these will form a simple envelope opening on your case.

Step 2

The front of the case is in one piece and the back is in two, thus creating the overlapping envelope opening.

Step 3

Cut all three pieces from your felted sweater. Felted wool sweater are fantastic to work with as the cut edges don’t fray. However for a neat finish, I used a piece of sleeve to give me a ribbed edge, which you can see below. A hand sewn blanket stitch edging would also look lovely.

Step 4

Next resize the Santa Digi so that the face is in proportion with your water bottle. Then trace onto the Bondaweb, along with two holly leaves, and iron onto the reverse side of your fabric scraps.

Step 5

Fuse into place on your water bottle front. Mark eye positions and then, using red pencil, gently rouge Santa’s cheeks!

Step 6

Machine around the applique pieces in black thread. Go around each piece at least twice to give the embroidery a ‘sketch-like’ feel. Don’t worry if your sewing is a bit wobbly as this adds to the overall effect of raw edge applique!

Step 7

Attach a tiny red button as a holly berry. Neatly fasten and trim any loose threads.

Step 8

Pin all three pieces together with right sides facing and upper back piece overlapping the lower. Machine around the entire outer edge.

Step 9

Turn through to the right side, lightly press and insert hot water bottle.

Step 10

Wrap up and then wait for the delighted squeals on Christmas morning!

UPDATE - We''re delighted to let you know that Josie's Santa Hot Water Bottle cover project has been published in the Reloved magazine Christmas Special. On sale now in the UK at £4.99. Congratulations Josie!

Products Mentioned

  • Coats Moon Spun Polyester Sewing Thread 1000yds - Black
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists' Pencil - Scarlet Red #118
  • Kim's Digital Stamp - Santa Sitting
  • Trimits Mini Round Buttons - Red B6211-8
  • Vilene Bondaweb 329 Double Sided Fusible Facing - 1m x 45cm wide

Josie Day

Hi, I’m Josie, I live in the North East of England with my husband, two children and a very naughty cat. I enjoy all things creative, but my first love is sewing, especially appliqué. I'm frequently published in UK craft magazines and you can also get loads more free tutorials over at my blog sewforsoul.