Quilted water bottle cozy

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  • 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)
Place both coordinating fabrics with a 2 inch overlap, wrong side up (see picture), place the bottle on top and draw around leaving 1 inch all around it.

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.

Top pieces

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

Patchwork hot water bottle cozy tutorial

Hot water bottle cozy tutorial

Embroidered hot water bottle cover

Farmer’s wife quilt sampler

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.

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Basket Wave

Big Dipper

Birds in the Air




Broken Dishes

Broken Sugar Bowl


Butterfly at the Crossroads

iPad holder for the car

This is a better solution for watching content in the iPad on the back seat of the car than the iPad beanbag which turned out to be unfit for a moving car.


  • ½ yard of fabric
  • fabric scraps for the bias tape
  • middle weight fusible interfacing
Handle pattern


Draw the square on to a piece of paper with the following measurements:

  • W 10 ⅝ x H 8 ⅞
Place over the fabric and draw. The piece of paper on the photo is missing the handle pattern which I cut out beforehand.

Place the handle pattern aligned with the square and draw around one side, then place on the other side making sure the lines match and draw around the outside again to make the full shape of the carry case.

There’s no need to draw inside the handle though I did on the picture.

This is the front piece.

Do the same with the back piece.

You should end up with 3 pieces which are the same, one for the front, one for the back and one for the fusible interface and 3 pieces for the frame, one for the lining and one for the outside and one fusible interfacing face for the inside.

Cutting the frame and the inside of the  handle

Make 3 squares in the size below:

  • Width: 10 ⅝
  • Height: 8 ⅞

One is your lining, one is your fusible interface and the last one is the outside piece. Fuse two sides together and stitch around the inside frame using the measurements below (ignore the plastic corners which I added and had to remove before I added the binding).

  • Inside width: 7 ⅞
  • Inside height: 5 ¾
  • Right and left sides of frame are 1 &frac28; wide
  • Bottom side of frame is 1 ¼
  • Top side of frame is slightly wider at 1 ¾

Then cut the inside square ⅛ from the stitching.
Place the handle pattern on the outside piece and draw around it as per picture below.

Fuse the interfacing and place front and back pieces together wrong sides facing together.

Stitch around the drawn line ⅛ from the drawn line.

This time you’re not stitching directly on the drawn line but the line is where you will be cutting.

You have now both pieces done.

Stitch some bias tape to the inside frame. The tape is just a 1 ⅛ strip and it’s not double sided.

Stitch around (this is hard and there are better ways to do this without adding a tape). For instance you could bypass the tape altogether by cutting the frame one quarter of an inch larger and making a seam with it then topstitching it like in this tutorial.

Fold strip of fabric to the other side and handstitch.

Plastic corners

I had a sheets bag lying around and I thought it would be a good idea to add a plastic corner to keep the iPad in place better without the corners being obvious on the screen.

Stitch corners close to the border.

The iPad fits nicely inside.

One final step is missing which I don’t have a photo of.

You need to add some binding to the top of the frame before the frame is stitched to the back piece.

Once the binding is added, pin both sides together as per photo and stitch on 3 sides, right, bottom and left.

Add now binding all around the bag.

Your iPad carrybag for the car is ready.

Place handle through glove box as per photo.

Eyelet for audio cable

Mark the location for the audio output outlet and cut half a circle on the binding and s lightly into the bag as per photo.

The audio should fit in nicely, not too loose not to tight.

Finish with a blanket stitch around the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.


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