Stipple quilted hot water bottle cover tutorial

Note: I’ve made these in two slightly different ways. Check also the second tutorial for a hot water bottle cozy.


2 coordinated fat quarters, one for the cover and 1 for the bias tape for the border.


The cover will have an opening at the back.

The cover is made of 3 pieces sewn together with a border.


Fold the fat quarter in 2 right sides together and place exactly half of the hot water bottle on top of the fold.

Draw around  half the bottle leaving 1 inch all around.

Cut the fabric to obtain a symmetrical piece.

To cut the 2 pieces for the back use the front piece as a model but cut across 2/3 of the way on the long side and  and add 1 1/2 inch to the small piece that goes on the bottom part.

Stipple quilting

Make a quilt sandwich with some muslin at the back and proceed to stipple quilt the 3 pieces.

When finished, cut off the batting edges.


Buy ready made bias or make your own. For double folded bias, strips should be 2 inch wide.

Sew bias to the edges of the opening at the back.


Put the 3 pieces wrong side together. The long back piece should be placed over the short piece.

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Once the 3 pieces are sewn together, sew the bias all around the edges.

See my other hot water bottle cozy tutorials

Quilted hot water bottle cozy

Patchwork hot water bottle cozy tutorial


Embroidered hot water bottle cover

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37 thoughts on “Stipple quilted hot water bottle cover tutorial

  1. I love love love this! I can see actually doing this, which says something, since my sewing skills are still pretty basic. Great tutorial and well explained.

  2. Hello! I’m trying to contact you for permission to feature this tutorial but I can’t find your email address. Can you email me for details? Thank you!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, I’ve been wanting to make a hot water bottle cover but didn’t how how to approach the design.

  5. These are so pretty – I love them. I’ve been meaning to make covers for a while, and didn’t really like any of the patterns I saw – this is the one!!

  6. I love this! I will adapt it to fit my heating pad, if you don’t mind. I’m so stinkin’ cold blooded, it’s not funny so this is right up my alley!

    Your models are gorgeous, btw. Congrats on being featured on sewmamasew!

  7. To sassypriscilla, the hot water bottle can be taken out when the water is in just as easily as when empty as long as your pattern allows for one inch all around the bottle. The measures are taken with the bottle empty.

  8. great! I, myself, have found small hot water bottles and have used fleece to make a cover in the shape of a teddy bear, a fish, a dog or cat face. These I have used as baby gifts for the little ones when they get a tummy ache.

  9. Well, I must tell you just how beautiful this project turned out. The FABRIC, the shape, the quilting – everything. I looked at dozens of hottie covers on the web, and yours take the grand prize. Thank you for sharing – I’m working on creating one for myself now.

  10. I love this tutorial. Can you tell me where I can buy a hot water bottle? I would love to have one, but have never seen them anywhere. Thanks, Morgan

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  16. Woah – these floral designs are incredible – you are very talented :) I particularly like the lining you’ve done, which makes it look very professional and hard wearing. Great work as always

    Jess x

  17. Thanks for this tutorial – I have just made my own hot water bottle cover using your info and am really pelased with how it worked out. You can check it out on my blog if you like. Of course I gave you credit.

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