How to make… hot water bottle coZies
Microfleece fabric in cream (for outer layer), 1 yrd Microsuede fabric in taupe (for inner layer), 1 yrd Patterned cotton fabric Scrap of black felt Embroidery floss to match cotton fabric and nose The nights are long and chilly, so it’s time to put the kettle on and cuddle up under your favorite blanket, in front of a roaring fire, with one of these charming Arctic pals. They may be from the icy North Pole, but frolicking in the snow's just not for them – instead, they love nothing better than keeping you warm and toasty while the elements battle away outside.
Designer Regina Groleau has created both a mama and baby bear, so there’s one for you and also one to keep any little ones warm and snug, too. The microfleece fiber is so soft and feels just heavenly to cuddle up with. We’ve added appliquéed floral patches for extra visual interest, and you could try changing the color and pattern of these to match your pals’ decor. Feel free to experiment with the bear’s expression – our pictures are just a guideline, so make yours as happy or pensive as you please.
01 Print out the template pieces on page 84. There should be at least a 5 /8" border around your hot water bottle when placed on the back body template piece. The large template is sized to fit a 2L hot water bottle and the small is sized to fit a 0.8L one. You may need to scale the template up or down depending on the size of your chosen bottle. 02 Pin the templates to your fabric and cut out with sharp scissors, adding a generous 5 /8" seam allowance.
03 Take two strands of embroidery thread and appliqué
the tummy on the outer front body and the ears and nose on the outer face piece, using a backstitch. Embroider the eyes, using the photos as a guide. 04 Line up the two front body pieces, right sides (RS) together, and sew from A to B along the upper curve. Turn RS out and gently push the seam to form the body shape.
Line up the two back body 05 pieces, RS out, and then the two front body pieces, RS out. Line all four pieces up together with the outer layers facing in. Pin all four layers together and sew from point A to point B along the bottom edge. Take care to catch the turned edge on the front body pieces between the seams for a neat transition.
Line up the two face pieces, 06 07 RS together, and sew from point A to point B along the chin line. Turn and gently push the seam to form your bear’s shape. 08 Line up the face pieces RS out with the pinned body pieces, outer layers facing together. Sew from point A to point B along the top of the head, again catching the turned portion in the seam. Double check your sewing at the point where the body pocket meets the head pocket, ensuring no raw edges are showing. 09 Trim excess fabric, clip curves and turn so the outer layers face out. Carefully push all your seams out to neaten the shape.
Flip the head back, tuck in your 10 hot water bottle and fill it up. Then pull the polar bear head over your bottle and cuddle up with your