Saturday, February 23, 2013

She's a Hottie!

She's a Hottie!
Hot Water Bottle Cover & Insulator

Pattern:  She's a Hottie!, by Pammy Sue. I wrote one of my own because the only one I found online was for Mini Hot Water Bottles, which don't even exist here in the U.S. that I know of.  (The bottle I used is pictured at the bottom of this post.)  My pattern is a very basic pattern which I will post in a day or two (FREE). I need to get it typed up nice and neat for you. I just hand-scribbled the pattern as I went. I'm also going to write it a little bigger than the one you see above. I think it's stretched a little too much and needs to be a couple of stitches wider on the sides so you can't see the red bottle inside as well. You'll have to figure out the embellishments on your own.

I had never cross stitched in my life before this, so I had to learn that yesterday. I found a nice little site that shows the basics. A link will be provided in the pattern if you need it. I didn't have a cross stitch graph. I just looked at someone else's and copied their stitches.  The little crocheted rose and leaves were made using a pattern from Lucy of Attic 24.

Inspiration for this little beauty came from Coco Rose Textiles and Cherry Heart.

Here is the back. I made a flap so you can remove the bottle and wash the cover if need be. I made a shell border on the flap, but you could use buttons or whatever you like for decoration.

This is the type of water bottle I used. The body measures 7 1/4" x 10", not including the top bell-shape or bottom tongue for hanging. I had to compensate for the bottom hanger when I wrote the pattern. (I think these bottles used to be used as enema bags or douche bags in the "olden days." That's why there's a hanger on it.)

Bye, Friends!