Felted Wool Hot Water Bottle Cosies - Applique Fun!
Love Sewing Magazine September 2021
September's Love Sewing Magazine is now in the shops and features lots of gorgeous autumn projects including these pure wool hot water bottle cosies, designed by me!
Like the majority of my creations they're made from upcycled materials, in this case felted wool sweaters. Producing your own luxurious pure wool felt is easy, as it actually just shrinking things! Any wool jumper marked 'Hand Wash' should felt but those labelled 'Washable' or 'Superwash' have been pre-treated and therefore aren't suitable. I source my jumpers and scarves at our local charity shop, where they also put by for me any that have already been inadvertently shrunk! Once you've found your chosen items simply chuck them in your washing machine on a hot (60° or above) programme.
As autumn is now fast approaching, I decided on a cute 'Woodland Critters' theme using natural toned wool and fabrics. They would also make super Christmas presents, as each family member could have their own design and they'd look equally good stitched up in much more vibrant colours.
The most exciting part of the process is adding the machine stitched details, it really brings the appliques to life! I usually just use a reduced length straight stitch and an 'open toe' foot but you can also drop your machine's feed dogs and then free motion embroider to your heart's content.
As ever our cats couldn't bear to be left out of anything going on, however mundane. I was going to get a couple of pictures of the full magazine spread to share but ended up thwarted by Digby who decided to give the pages a good chewing instead! Luckily Lola is far more well behaved and was happy just to watch his daft shenanigans.