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DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover

DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover
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Today I finished all Christmas makes.. a bit overdue. A friend asked me to make her a sweater hot water bottle cover for her friend Rick. She created me a template out of paper with the promise of a cover to come.


I have used a cotton rib jumper, having failed to find a wool rib sweater in a charity shop. My concerns about sewing the cotton knit proved valid. Obtaining an even tension was tricky.

If you would like to make your own using this technique I strongly suggest a wool jumper you can felt in the washing machine first.

Cut out two pieces of sweater half an inch wider all round.

Stitch bias binding on the wrong sides of the sweater at the base of the neck of the hot water bottle.

Thread elastic through. Again learning from my mistakes I suggest using a safety pin and not a wool needle to thread through, my needle kept getting caught in the sweater!

Catch the elastic in one side as you stitch round. I used my overlocker/serger but if you have a felted wool you can use a standard machine with no worries about finishing the seams. Pull your elastic up so it gathers around the neck and secure. Ensure the elastic stretches sufficiently to enable you to take your hot water bottle in and out of the cover.

If you would like to add a name label to personalize the hot water bottle cover I suggest doing this prior to making the cover!

Stamp the persons name on contrasting fabric. You find a letter set on Amazon.

Place bondaweb on the reverse of the label.

Glue the label into position. Stitch to fully secure (this is rather tricky if you have already made the cover!).

Have you made any sweater hot water bottle covers? All Christmas makes finished?? I hope so!

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Large Fabric Pom Pom – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

Large Fabric Pom Pom – Upcycled Christmas Decoration
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I don’t know about you but this week is flying by, its almost Christmas. I love this season but I’m not so keen on the volume of items on my to-do-list! In our home our children have their birthday, one ten days before Christmas and one ten days after Christmas. Thankfully my gifts are made – I gave the infinity scarves away to my group of friends who I meet with for compline once a month. They loved them:)

If you are trimming up you may love this fabric pompom. Initially made as part of an application to Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas program, I wasn’t successful in my application for decorating a Christmas tree with recycled decorations but I enjoyed trying.

Who doesn’t love a pom pom?? They can have so many uses for the Christmas season – create a recycled pom pom garland to hang across the mantlepiece or use them as baubles on your tree.

This pom pom is made with former curtains, sheeting and fabric that’s been in my stash since art college days (rather embarrassing that I have fabric stashed for 20+ years!)

You will need:

either a pom pom maker orcardboardd

selection of fabric

thread

To make:

Create strips of fabric approximately a centimeter wide. If you are fortunate your fabric will rip easily and quickly.

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Randomly wrap different fabric around the side of the pom pom maker (follow the manufacturers instructions on the packet).

 

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Once you have filled both sides of the pom pom find your sharpest scissors and patiently cut through the layers of fabric.

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Tie the pom pom together creating a loop for hanging on our Christmas tree.

Large pompom created from fabric scraps

I think pom poms look truly awesome on the tree, and whats more they use lots of fabric long overdue an outing from the cupboard!

Have a very lovely Christmas, thank you for all the reads, shares and comments. I appreciate you accompanying me on my creative journey.

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How to make chalk paint gift tags #pintypluser

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This is my usual gift tag plea… there’s nothing worse than trying to remember who gave you which gift in which paper, or attempting to find a name scrawled in biro!! Trust me!!

This year I am enjoying wrapping gifts in discarded paper from delivered parcels. A press with the iron and the paper is good to go:)

My gift tags are made with old cardboard, sprayed with negro plomo chalk paint. I have used Novasol Spray UK. Chalk paint was not originally invented for creating gift tags out of old cardboard but I am pleased with the finish.  For the best results use cardboard which has no sheen/print on it.

Firstly spray one side of your old cardboard. Allow to fully dry then turn over and repeat.

If you have one use a guillitine to cut out beautiful straight lined gift tags.

Decorate with a chalk paint pen, or if you don’t have one (like me!) how about cut out shapes in white paper?

I have used a silver pen to add names. I suggest writing on the side of the original cardboard which had no image/sheen to it as this allows the pen to adhere.

This is super easy and so effective, what’s more I am loving the thrifty nature of the wrapping and gift tags.

 

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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