Free pattern: Ruth’s hot water bottle cosy

It is freezing out there! It’s the time of year when I want nothing more than to curl up in bed with a book and my hot water bottle and stay put until we change the clocks again. I’m exaggerating,  you know, but only slightly.

Anyway, since we’re spending so much time trying to keep warm these days, I thought it was the perfect time to get Ruth from Two Hippos to show us how to make our own hot water bottle cosies. These brilliant little projects take hardly any fabric, are quick to make and are a perfect gift. Read on for Ruth’s free pattern and tutorial!

hot water bottle tutorial

What you will need:

1 patterned fat quarter (flannel fabric works great)
1 fat quarter of insulation (I used Sew Simple insulating wadding)
1 fat quarter for lining and 2 strips of coordinating fabric (for binding).

First make up your pattern, one whole bottle cover (back).

One front bottom (base to B) and one front top (top to A). Download the pdf of the pattern top and pattern bottom.

Cutting out:
Place the pattern on your main fabric, pin and cut out, 1 whole cover, 1 x top to A and 1 x bottom to B. I like to do this fabric facing up. Repeat this for the insulation and lining fabrics.

Sandwich layers together, lining face down, insulating layer and main fabric face up – you can then quilt the pieces or embellish as you wish. Pin the binding along the straight raw edges of both front pattern AA and BB.

Stitch using ¼ inch seam, press the seams open, I hand slipstitch the reverse side.

To assemble the cover, place the back right side up, front top right side down and then front bottom right side down. Pin around the out side edge and stitch a 1 cm seam all around.

To finish snip seam allowance with pinking shears or zigzag. Then turn right side out and place your empty hot water bottle inside. Adding the insulation makes a real difference to the length of time the bottle stays hot; it should still be warm when you have to get up on a frosty morning.

Thanks Ruth!

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17 Responses to Free pattern: Ruth’s hot water bottle cosy

  1. Charlotte December 5, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    That’s fantastic – what a great gift idea too!

  2. Colette Moscrop December 5, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Officially adding this to the urgent list, I need one. Great tutorial, thanks!

  3. Amy C December 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Brilliant tutorial Ruth – thanks for this!!!

    • melissa r December 12, 2013 at 4:17 am #

      Hi Amy i found the hot water bag cozy and i would like to make it. I have never got a pattern of here before when i print it out will it be the actal size or do i have make my own pattern could really use your help thanks

  4. Connie Miller November 14, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    Thank You!! I love this. I still use a water bottle. If I go camping in early spring and or late fall I may use 2 or 3 water bottle in a tent. THANK YOU

  5. Tracey January 30, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I brought a beautiful pattern similar from it is beautiful, have made lots as presents

    • AmyKallissa May 21, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks Tracey, I’m glad you liked it 🙂 It’s definitely one of the most popular!

  6. B October 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Great pattern! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Amanda November 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    could i please ask (as I’m quite a beginner) what is the insulating material and where can I get it? thankyou

  8. Maureen Thomson November 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

  9. Maureen Thomson November 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    Love this pattern , making for grand children.I am using a fuzzy fabric and was thikind of insulatingand linning with flannel.I do not want to quilt , using the fuzzy fabric . Do you think it will stil work okay. Thank You looking forward to any suggestions. Maureen Thomson

  10. Alison February 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    I love this pattern. I am about to make a hot water bottle cover for a SWI competition next week and was working it out in my head, more or less along the lines of your pattern. It is great to see the stages set out and I am sure with the knowledge gained from your pattern and processI will make a successful cosy, even if it doesn’t win! Thanks!


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