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R2-D2-Inspired Hot Water Bottle Cover

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A few months ago, my family relocated from sunny Southern California to Charlottesville, Virginia. We absolutely love having real seasons and snow days, but it does get much colder than we are used to. My kindergartener, Milo, is not a huge fan of wearing clothes to bed. He strips down to his undies every night, regardless of the temperature. I have tried everything to get him to keep his pajamas on, but even if he goes to bed wearing them, he always manages to strip them off in the middle of the night. This wasn't a huge problem in perpetually warm SoCal, but now I am desperate to find a way to keep him warm at night.
Enter the good, old-fashioned water bottle. I love hot water bottles because, unlike electric blankets, I don't have to worry about electrical fires or over-heating. Now, they can still get quite hot, even with just hot tap water, so I wanted to make a cover for Milo's hot water bottle that would prevent burns, keep it warm longer through the night, and that he would be excited about. When I researched different styles, I found some plain covers with rounded tops, and the shape reminded me of everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2-D2, and this project was born!

This project does take a bit of time to sew because of the number of pieces, but it is fairly quick to assemble and I used a combination of fleece and felt, so you don't have to worry about fraying. It's perfect for the advanced beginner sewer.

Download R2-D2-Inspired Hot Water Bottle Cover Template

What you'll need

  • 1/3 yard white fleece
  • 1/4 yard light gray fleece
  • Fleece or felt pieces - dark blue, black, red
  • Sewing machine w/ gray thread
  • Hot water bottle
  • PDF pattern provided

This was made for a standard 2 quart hot water bottle approx. 7.5" x 13.5" when laid flat. You may need to slightly adjust the pattern to fit your hot water bottle.

How to make it

  1. Print out the pattern pieces from the PDF provided. Match the colored arrows tip to tip and tape pieces together for the Back Body and Front Body pieces.

  2. Cut out the Front Head piece from gray fleece and the Front Body and Back Body pieces from white fleece. Cut out the detail pieces from the appropriate colors in felt and/or fleece, according to the pattern provided.

  3. Fold and pin the bottom edge (flat edge) of the Front Head under 1/4" to the wrong side. Sew along the edge, removing pins as you sew. Fold and pin the top edge of the Front Body under 1/4" to the wrong side. Sew along the edge, removing pins as you sew.

  4. Assemble the detail pieces onto the Front Head and Front Body Pieces according to the layouts in the pattern provided (see slideshow above for photos of the layout). Pin pieces in place.

  5. Sew detail pieces onto the Front Head and Front Body. Use gray thread to add extra details to the body, if desired, as indicated by dashed lines on the Front Body pattern piece.

  6. Lay out the Back Body piece right side up. Place the Front Head piece right-side down (so right sides are facing) on top of the Back Body, matching the top edge. Place the Front Body right-side down (so right sides are facing) on top of the Back Body, matching up the bottom edge. Pin all around.

  7. Sew around all edges with 1/4" seam allowance. Add extra re-enforcing stitches where the Front Head and Front Body pieces meet by doing 2-3 back and forth stitches over the meeting point. Clip bottom corners and curves at the top, careful to avoid cutting into stitches.

  8. Turn the head and body through the opening. The hot water bottle cover is complete! Fill the hot water bottle according to manufacturer's instructions and place it inside the body, then pull the head over the top. Whistle whistle beep beep!


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