Craft:

cute hot wa­ter bot­tle cov­ers the kids will love

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - NEWS -

Ideal for your hot­tie or keep­ing your favourite py­ja­mas in.

What you’ll need

Faux fur fab­ric (50 x 60cm) in your choice of colour, plus a small piece (A4 pa­per size) of white White em­broi­dery thread and nee­dle Sewing ma­chine and thread Felt to match (black/grey/beige) Hot glue gun and 2 glue sticks

Steps

Cut out all the pieces you need (see pic A and tem­plates). When cut­ting your pieces, make sure the curve of the face and back piece match. Tip: To get an ex­act match, cut one piece first, then place it on the re­v­erse side of the fab­ric and trace around the arch be­fore cut­ting the se­cond piece. Use this method when mak­ing the white arches for the face de­tails, too, so both sides are the same. With fur sides fac­ing up, pin the white arches in po­si­tion on the face piece. Use the em­broi­dery thread and nee­dle to hand-sew them on, mak­ing tiny stitches on the front side. The fur will cover any vis­i­ble stitch­ing. Put the face and back pieces to­gether, fur sides fac­ing. Pin in place and sew all the way around the outer edges only. Do not sew across the nose as this will be the open­ing for your hot wa­ter bot­tle. Now lay the lower front, fur side down, on the face side, lin­ing the bot­tom edge with the bot­tom edge of the back piece – the top of the lower front will over­lap the nose. Sew along the base first, then sew to­gether the sides. Be care­ful when sewing through all three lay­ers of fab­ric, as it is very thick. If you have prob­lems us­ing your sewing ma­chine for this part, use the em­broi­dery thread and nee­dle to stitch this thicker area by hand in­stead. Turn your fox the right way out, through the open nose flap. Po­si­tion two ear pieces on the front of the fox’s head and hot glue in place. I put them 3-4cm below the top edge. Turn the fox over and hot glue the other two tri­an­gu­lar pieces onto the back of the ears. It is ti­dier to cut these pieces to size so they just cover the re­v­erse side of the ears. Po­si­tion the felt eyes, nose and ear de­tails and hot-glue in place. All that’s left to do now is fill your hot wa­ter bot­tle, tuck it in­side your fox through the nose open­ing and snug­gle down with a good book!

Pic A

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