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.
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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2016 has been a varied and exciting year for me. There are many more tutorials added to the blog, which are always popular. A personal highlight was taking part in the 12 days of Christmas DIY Challenge‘s organised by Jill at Creating my Way to Success. During the 12 days I published ten tutorials.
I love the sense of community working with a small group of bloggers. The series found me challenging myself to make video content (see them here).
Financially I have written sponsored tutorials for Volkswagen (there’s more to come in the New Year) plus I am excited to have tutorials published (and coming up) in Reloved magazine. Generating some income from the blog has enabled us to book a family holiday to visit my brother and his family in Amsterdam. I am really excited to have funded this through blogging, never mind being able to have cuddles with my gorgeous baby nephew.
Plus I have reinvested and signed up for the Elite Blogging Academy. I’m not sure where this will take me but I am excited about this coming year:)
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Last years New Years resolutions included learning to crochet. I have made limited progress, I am certain the key is to find projects I am inspired to make. A photograph on instagram for a free cowl crochet pattern had me itching to pick up a crochet hook and have a go. On Christmas day and boxing day, inbetween board games, I whipped up the scarf. It always amazes me how quick crochet is!
As it is an American pattern the yarn specified is not readily available in the UK. The yarn Deborah Norville Serentiy Chunky Tweed Yarn details – 100G, 100M. Suggested Crochet Hook Size Us L-8/8Mm Hook.
Using the weight and length of yarn specified (with the help of great shop assistants) I realised that the yarn used is mid way between a UK chunky and a super chunky.
I chose creative twist super chunky yarn from a local yarn shop Crafty Ewe. This has the weight of 100g and 75mm length. Being a little thicker than the original yarn I reduced the number of chain stitches by three to eighteen.
Since my impulse purchase I have learnt two things – there are lot of conversion charts available to help you work out the equivalent American yarn in the UK, and secondly Amazon and ebay sell the specified yarn…!!
This pattern is a quick win, a great basic crochet pattern with a delightful result.
I hope you have had a restful and joyful holiday season. This evening we will be welcoming the New Year, looking back on the many blessings of 2016 an looking forward to 2017.
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