sewing for Christmas

Next I made some hot water bottles, using my own pattern.  Quite a few years ago I wrote a tutorial for Annie at the Village Haberdashery when I used to blog under Two Hippos.  The only difference with my newer pattern is I no longer curve in for the bottle top.  This makes overlocking the seams together so much quicker and they can also be bound with bias if you want a beautiful neat finish.  I use a layer of insul bright [a heat resistant wadding] and a layer of 100% cotton quilt batting and then place the fabric right side up on top.  Quilt and then cut out, I've found this to be so much easier to do and enjoy the quilting.  Using Insul Bright or other insulated waddings keeps the hotwater bottle hot all night.  It is also a must for oven gloves, pot holders and fabric trivets, using a layer of cotton batting gives a little loft and also another layer to protect from heat.  Also works brilliantly for cool bags, sandwich bags etc.

Now back to my sewing machine to finish off my last sewing project before Christmas.