Lately, I’ve loved using microwaveable hot/cold packs (with a fabric cover) to feel cozy on cold nights and cold mornings--especially when I’m drinking a smoothie on said cold mornings! We have a hot water bottle but it didn’t come with a cover so until now we’ve not really been able to use it. I’ve been wanting to make it a cover for the last few weeks and now that the weather is in full blown “chilly mode” I figured there’s no time like the present! So today I’ll be sharing how I turned a thrift-ed sweater into a cozy hot water bottle cover!
I was tempted to knit my own cover but as I’m still (happily) working on my throw blanket I figured the next best thing would be to DIY something! I’ve seen tutorials online before where people take old sweaters and turn them into gloves and hot water bottle cozies but after I purchased my second-hand sweater I couldn’t really find any. So I decided to turn this project into a tutorial-ish post for anyone else looking to do the same thing!
Once you have a hot water bottle, or if you already have one, try and find a sweater from your own collection or second-hand where the sleeves are large enough to accommodate the hot water bottle. I’m using a 13 x 7.5 inch sized hot water bottle and a size Large sweater.
Alright! Let's get to it!
- A hot water bottle
- A sweater with sleeves large enough to hold the water bottle
- Something to mark a line on the sweater (soap, chalk, a washable marker)
- A sewing machine
- Matching thread
As you can see the sweater sleeve is kind of a similar size. The long cuff was a total bonus!
First, you need to turn your sweater inside out and put the water bottle inside. Make sure you can fit the water bottle through the sleeve hole as that'll be how you remove the water bottle once it's an actual hot water bottle cozy.
Next, about half an inch away from the bottom of the hot water bottle use soap or chalk to mark your line.
Sew along the line you made. I sewed three passes. After I sewed one straight line, securing the stitching, I cut off my sweater's sleeve about two inches away from the line I sewed. I finished by making two more passes to make sure the stitches will last.
Cut off the excess sweater material.
I left a few rows of the knit rather than cutting right next to the line to, again, insure that it won't un ravel.
And just like that, you've got yourself an up-cycled sweater hot water bottle cozy!
I tucked the excess cuff on the sleeve into the bottle opening. In the picture below, you can see I also tucked the water bottle cover's bottom corners in as well.
I love up-cycling things! Not to mention, because we're using a sweater you get two hot water bottle covers for the price of one! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and get to make your very own hot water bottle a cozy too! Have a great weekend everyone!