Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Warm Bottle Quilted Cozy

Necessity is the mother of invention. My daughter was having bad cramps, which of course led to a google search for natural remedies. Before I knew it I was looking at old fashioned water bottles. They are rubber and ugly so naturally, I wanted to make a cover for it. Have you looked up warm water bottle cozy? There are so many hand made, knit, crocheted, recycled sweater and quilted cozy's out there. 
The best tutorial that I could find said to trace the water bottle (they very in size a little) and make your own pattern. You might want to go a little less contoured at the neck of the bottle, as you can see in the picture. I found it helped when it came time to shove the rubber bottle in. I went with an eight pointed star for the front.
You basically make a mini quilt complete with batting and backing and quilt it. Then I placed the template that I made over it, and cut it out leaving a half inch seam allowance. I only used a 1/4 inch seam allowance when I sewed the front and back together, but the extra 1/4 inch leaves a little wiggle room when getting the bottle into the cozy.
The back was the same process, except it has two overlapping pieces. Cut each piece about two inchs longer than half the length of the bottle. Add some binding to both pieces, then sew the front piece to the back pieces right sides together. It really is that simple. I was able to finish two from start to finish at a sewing day.

Fill with warm water and cuddle with it under a quilt - yum! It can also be used with cold water for a sore back after sewing one for all of your friends :) Let me know if you make one, I would love to see it.

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  1. They had hot water bottles at TJMaxx last year and dummy me didn't buy one when I should have. Now, I can't find one. Would love to have one of these to put my feet on at night when the bed is cold. I've been using a neck wrap that can be put in the microwave instead. It works, but I'd still like to have a hot water bottle. When I was younger I too had very bad cramps and used a heating pad. It didn't really get rid of the cramps, but it was somewhat comforting at least.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I found some water bottles at walgreens and on amazon. You're right, the warm, cozy feeling helps to distract her so she doesn't feel so miserable :)

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