I have so far completed 35 blocks of the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler.
- 2 coordinated fabrics, or three if making the frill in a different fabric
The cozy is made out of 3 pieces. One for the front and 2 for the back. The front piece is made out of two fabrics sewn together with a frill in the middle.
I am using a standard Australian water bottle: 14 in x 8 in but the instructions will suit any size of hot water bottle.
Cutting the pieces
- 2 equal bottom pieces (front and back)
- 2 shorter top pieces (different front and back)
Cut the bottom piece and fold it in half to make sure both sides are symmetrical. Trim any excess.
Use this piece to cut the second piece.
Cut around the first half of the top piece (see picture) and then fold in half so that the piece is symmetrical.
Use this piece to cut an identical second piece.
You will now have two identical top pieces. One of them is longer than necessary by 2 inches so you need to cut the 2 inches off.
Back top piece
This piece will be left open an will have a frill attached.
Fold the piece in half and draw a curve on the piece as per picture an cut along the line.
Making the frills
Cut 2 22 in x 2 ¼ strips. Fold in half and iron.
Using a basting stitch, stitch all around the top of the folded strip.
Pull from one side of the thread and distribute the frill evenly and make sure it spreads the width of the bottom back piece.
This needs to be done for each frill.
Sewing the front piece
We will sew the top, frill and bottom front piece together.
Pin the frill to the bottom piece (see picture below).
Place the top piece over the frill and bottom piece (see picture).
Sew three pieces together leaving a ¼ seam allowance.
You should now have 3 pieces and be ready to quilt them. We will add the frill to the back piece after it is quilted.
Quilting the pieces
Prepare the sandwich using the facing fabric, batting in the middle and some plain cotton as back fabric.
Once quilted, trim excess batting and lining fabric.
For this project I tried doing circles for the first time instead of stippling.
The detail can be better appreciated on the lining.
Once you finish quilting, you will have the three pieces like in the picture.
Now we will attach the frill to the wavy top part of the back piece. Pin all around and stitch.
Turn around and top stitch.
Top stitch as well the front piece so that the frill sits flatter.
Cut a 9 ½ x 1 ¼ strip, fold and iron and per picture.
Pin to the bottom back side as per picture and topstich.
The piece is now ready.
Assembling the cozy
Place the three pieces right sides together and pin.
Have a look at the picture below for placement of the pieces.
Make sure the frill is not stitched on.
Stitch all around. Turn inside out.
Your hot water bottle is finished.
See my other hot water bottle cozy tutorials
My plan: making a Queen size quilt using the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler book. I’ve never made a quilt that large or with so many complicated blocks with small pieces. The thought of quilting it at the end is pretty daunting. I’ll be looking at quilt as you go type of methods. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to share it.
If you run into problems or would like to share your ideas, progress, and the like, there is a Yahoo group on the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler and a Facebook page called Let’s make a Farmer’s wife quilt you can join.
There is also a Flickr group with lots of pictures.
The project can be done totally out of scraps. The blocks are 6 in x 6 in.
I’m piecing by machine and cutting with a rotary cutter using templates printed on paper only when absolutely necessary. I am using a template chart (pdf) I downloaded from the Yahoo group. The file lists all templates and the rotary cutter substitution. I also use an Australian quilting ruler called Westalee which helps cutting more accurately.
- fabric scraps
- 2 buttons
- 1 pom pom
- fusible interfacing
Follow the fabric basket tutorial to make up the patchwork basket and handles.
My basket has only one handle. My handle is made out of one strip of fabric measuring 2 1/2 in x 9 in and has fusible interfacing.
After assembling the patchwork and sewing the basket, add the embroidery.
If adding a bunny’s tail, stitch now.
You will need 2 pieces of fusible interfacing, 2 of facing fabric and 2 of back fabric.
Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the front fabric. Sew around ears with both fabrics right fabric facing together. Leave bottom opening to turn inside out.
Attach ears to basket as per photo below. Sew handle in the same way.
Sew the lining following fabric basket tutorial.