Friday, 3 August 2012

Quick sewing fix

After a week of feeling particularly rubbish, it was decided I should own a hot water bottle. Jamie picked one up in town, but couldn't find any covers. I had already searched the Ravelry pattern database and found the perfect pattern that I now desperately want to knit:

Hot Water Platypus by brella

However, I don't have the right yarn in my stash, so if I wanted to use my hot water bottle straight away, I needed an instant solution.

A quick search online located these instructions for sewing a cover and a hunt around the house unearthed an old black fleece scarf that I was going to throw away.

I found a spare sheet of paper to make my pattern, and chopped up my scarf into three handy hot water bottle shaped pieces.

It would have been super quick if I'd got my machine out, but as I was lazing on the sofa watching TV I decided to hand sew the whole thing.

It didn't take that much longer, but I was slowed down massively by my decision to decorate the front of the cover with the fringe from the end of the scarf.

I have to say, I am amazed I haven't owned a hot water bottle until now. It's brilliant! It will be great for taking camping too, especially when I'm in the tent on my own. The fleece cover will be perfect for that, which means once I've knit my platypus I can keep that for home use only.


  1. aw such a shame you didnt have the right yarn - that platypus is gorge!  though brilliant use of your scarf!

  2. Ohhhhh this is so cute. 

  3. A little bit sheepish3 August 2012 at 19:01

    Super speedy solution but I totally love the platypus, have added the pattern to my favourites

  4. Nice incorporation of the fringe.

  5. mary (nauget bluff)3 August 2012 at 20:07

    congrats on a great recycled project.  I have to admit to never owning a hot water bottle..just seems I alway grab the moist heat pad and use it!

  6. He is to cute. 

  7. Sarah Crafts from e Cwtch3 August 2012 at 21:46

    Love it and it totally reminds me of a suede acket I had when I was about 13 :)

  8. Brilliant!  My daughter has always been in love with her hot water bottle. Because they live in a drafty old house, I am thinking in a couple of years when her girls are a bit older, bottles of their own with knitted covers might be the perfect little gift!

  9. Eeeeee! A platypus!!! So much love :D

  10. Oh my goodness. I suddenly need to own a platypus hot water bottle cover.

    Well done on your fleece one, though. Recycling is great.

  11. Very cute little hot water bottle, I love the use of the fringe

  12. Charlotte Helle5 August 2012 at 22:03

    I love that platypus! I would want to make one too. The fleece one looks great!


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