cute hot water bottle covers the kids will love
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
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!