This cozy hot water bottle cover was made for two reasons – to help keep my toes warm during these cold January winter nights and secondly to have another entry for fall fair competition. Usually there is a class for a bazaar article and this would fit well in that category.
I made it with pre-quilted fabric, a scrap I bought at a thrift store. It took me a bit of effort to figure out the best way to make it because I chose to have only one side seam. As a result, the flip down portion of the fabric envelope was a bit more tricky than the other side. As it turns out, I will not enter this in a fair, because I feel the inside is not finished as neatly as well I would like. One thing I have learned over the years is that the inside matters almost as much as the outside. Neatness counts!
So I plan to make another one for the fair. The next one will have seams down both sides, which will make the construction much simpler. I will round both the bottom and top corners of the cover. I will custom quilt some fabric for the cover to make it a little bit nicer. I’m tempted to piece the fabric for the cover, but I think it would be better to have a smooth one piece surface in case the texture is bothersome to my feet. I tested the cover last night. One hundred percent of my toes were very happy. When my toes are warm, I fall asleep much faster!