Looking for last-minute gift ideas to make this Christmas? Welcome to our series of daily quick-sew projects to whip up in just an evening. To start us off, perfect your piping skills with this sweet and simple hot water bottle cover by Jennie Jones.
You will need
- 1 fat quarter of fabric (we used Skopelos, Nisi Flora in Oceanon by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics)
- Lining fabric, fat quarter
- Piping cord, 2m (80in)
- Bias binding, 2m (80in)
- Vintage button
- Basic sewing kit
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Step-by-step: how to make a hot water bottle cover
Step one: Make a template by drawing around your hot water bottle and adding 2.5cm (1in) extra around the edges.
Pin the template to your fabric and cut out the front panel. To cut out the bottom back panel, use the same template, but cut straight across two-thirds of the way up.
To create the top back panel, again use the front panel template, and ensure it will overlap the bottom back panel by around 5cm (2in).
Use these pieces as templates to cut the lining to the same sizes.
Step two: You will need around 1.5m (60in) of piping and binding for the outside edges and the opening on the back. Open your bias binding, wrap it around the piping and sew, not too close to the cord.
With the remaining binding, make a loop for the button and a bow.
Step three: Place the top back panel right side (RS) up. Pin the covered piping along the bottom edge. Place the loop at centre of the bottom edge, pin the lining on top and sew into place close to the cord.
Sew the top back panel to the lining with wrong sides (WS) facing using a zigzag stitch around the edges. Repeat with the bottom back panel and lining, turning the top edges under to hem. Place the two back pieces RS up with the top back panel overlapping the bottom back panel, in preparation for sewing them to the front panel.
Step four: Zigzag stitch the front panel and front lining WS together. Pin the piping around the RS of the front panel and sew close to the cord. At one end, cut the cord inside and fold the bias in, then sew the other end of the piping inside.
Step five: Clip the curves.
Stitch the front panel to the back panels RS together, close to the piping. Turn RS out. Sew on the bow and button.