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DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover

DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover

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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Garden Shed Christmas Decoration

Garden Shed Christmas Decoration

Today is challenge 5 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The challenge – What do you have in your garden shed or outhouse? Find something in there that you can make into some kind of Christmas decoration

For sometime I have been inspired by wood decor with writing. Today’s challenge seemed the perfect opportunity to have a go, with some help from my family.

My husband found some wood from the wood burner pile.


We laid them out in the rough design, with youngest marking cutting out lines.


The planks were sawn to shape and then screwed into place on the supporting plank.



Using paint found in the shed all the planks were painted a gentle green shade. Amazingly the different wood finishes covered well.


Next – the step I was dreading, could I paint neatly lettering onto the wood planks? I used a selection of typography and printed a selection of words out onto paper. Find the downloadable free template here. These were laid out onto the planks.


I used a ball point pen to press hard drawing round each letter. This leaves an indentation in the wood as your guideline for painting the letters.


Now all you need is a steady hand!


No-one is going to be examining your lettering close up, from a distance you really cannot see my slightly wobbly paint lines:)


What do you have in your garden shed or outhouse?



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Turn cereal boxes into Christmas cards

Turn cereal boxes into Christmas cards

Welcome to day 4 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The challenge – Use old cereal or other boxes and supplies you find in your home to make a Christmas Card

Any empty cereal boxes are grabbed by my five year old for a creative project. I sneakily pinched this box to share this tutorial with you. For years I have enjoyed making Christmas cards to share with family and friends, last year I failed – we sent no cards at all.

Its a tricky one – environmentally cards are not a necessity in life, especially as at Christmas they are often shared with people you see daily, but on the other hand I sound like a party pooper! Making cards from old cereal boxed maybe the solution:) Naturally I am using fabric – a great way to use fabric scraps:)! I have been inspired by the work of Alison Sye, an artist who stitches various papers together (ps She has a folksy shop if you fancy buying some beautiful cards)


To make this recycled Christmas card:


Cut a piece of card by 14.5 by 28.5cm
Cut one square of an old musical score (you can be lucky and find them in charity shops) 13.5cm each side.

Fold the cereal box card in half, plain sides inwards. Glue the music score to the front of the card.

Prep your fabric, play around with different colours until you are happy with the combination. Using a glue stick adhere them to the card.

Machine stitch around your Christmas tree design and around the edge of your music score.


This highlights the design and secures the collage in place. Lastly find something suitable to put on the top of your tree. I was kindly donated these pins, perfect for the top of my tree.


Perhaps you could use a button?


Do you make your Christmas cards? do you send them??


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