Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial And Free Pattern

Make the winter’s night more cosy by learning to make this hot water bottle cover. Free tutorial and pattern.

Isn’t it typical that as soon as I get around to making a hot water bottle cover the weather warms up again! Well at least I’ll be prepared for the next cold snap. I fell in love with “Mori Girls” as soon as I saw it and knew I had to make something with it. I decided to team it up with some super huggable plush/  minky fabric (read here why we call it plush and not minky fabric)to make a gorgeously soft, tactile and luxurious cover to make the winter nights even more snuggly . What nicer way to warm up your feet and get those toes cosy on a cold winter’s night?

You could chose to make this in just plush, or just cotton, or mix and match however you fancy!


To make the hot water bottle cover your will need

  • A free copy of the pattern downloadable here. This pattern will fit a standard 2 litre hot water bottle measuring 20cm x 33cm approx
  • A 50cm x 75cm cut of plush/ minky fabric I used Natural Smooth by Shannon Fabrics
  • A mix of 3 or 4 quilt cottons prints – mix and match from your stash. You need to cover an area of approx. 25cm x 22cm (but lay out on the template to see how yours work out). I used fabrics from “Mori Girls” and Nature Trail from Dashwood Studio
  • 30cm of calico for the lining
  • 30cm of quilt wadding
  • co-ordinating thread

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise directed.

To make the cosy

  • Print out the pattern pieces at actual size. You will need 2 copies of pattern piece A, 2 copies of pattern piece B and 1 Copy of pattern piece C
    • Stick one copy of pattern pieces A & B together matching the sides. This makes the front pattern of the cosy
    • Stick one copy of pattern pieces A & C together. This makes the back top pattern of the cosy
    • The sole pattern piece B makes the back bottom pattern of the cosy
  • Cut and lay out patchwork fabric pieces as you’d like for the front to be so it measures approx. 28cm wide x  38cm high and covers the template with a bit to spare.
  • Stitch pieces  together using a 1/4″ seam, or slightly wider if stitching plush (read my guide to plush fabrics here for sewing tips). If using plush pay attention to the direction of the pile and make sure it “strokes” downwards. Make sure you have enough pieced fabric to cover the front pattern piece with a little overhang.



  • Cut calico and wadding a little larger than the front pattern piece and layer to make a quilt sandwich. Calico on the bottom, then layer the wadding, then the pieced fabrics.


  • Quilt through all layers as desired. I chose straight lines. Top tip – draw on your lines with an air drying pen and then sew on the lines to make sure your lines are straight and even.
  • Repeat for both back pieces. I just used plush fabric for the back but you could repeat the patchwork if you desired.



  • Place pattern  pieces on to your quilted sandwiches, pin or weight the template down onto the quilt sandwich and cut around the template. I find this easiest using a small rotary cutter


  • Make binding strips for back pieces by cutting 2.5″ strip, folding and pressing  in half lengthways
  • Attach and pin/ clip to back pieces lining side up matching the fabric raw edges with the edge of the back pieces as shown


  • Stitch in place and then press seam away from the calico, flip the folded edge of the binding to the right side of the cover. Clip and top stitch in place very close to the binding edge


  • Now you’re ready to put it together! Lay the pieces on top of each other in this order
    • Front piece right side up
    • Back top piece right side down
    • Back bottom piece right side down
  • Secure with clips and stitch all the way around the edge using a 1cm seam allowance.


  • You’re almost done! You could leave it here and just turn it around but if you want a neater finish on the inside you could either bind with bias binding, finish with a zig zag stitch or overlock if your overlocker is happy with the layers. I chose to overlock – just be careful of those corners.
  • Clip curves & corners and turn right side out.

You’re done! Now fill her up and get cosy toes next time it’s a bit chilly.







2 thoughts on “Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial And Free Pattern”

  1. Hi!
    Fab tutorial thanks!
    Am just having a bit of trouble finishing the insides. Overlocker doesnt like the curves! I like the idea of binding them with bias binding… do I need to clip the curves before binding the edges?

    1. Curves can be tricky on an overlocker. It wouldn’t hurt to clip to help the excess fabric when you turn – just make sure you don’t clip past where you’re sewing the bias, and that your bias is cut on the bias too. Send us a photo when you’re done!

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