Give someone the gift of a personalised hot water bottle with our how-to tutorial. We’ve made ours with the cosiest of wool felts in a mustard and white colour combo. But style up your sewing creation in the colours of your choice. Remember to use contrasting thread on the blanket stitching to help your embroidery stand out. If you want to make a padded version in cotton fabric, try out this easy hot water bottle cover instead.

For more personalised projects like the hot water bottle cover, have a go at making this alphabet mug or statement cushion set. They all make fantastic gifts.

To make the hot water bottle you will need:

  • (For a 22x34cm hot water bottle)
  • 30x85cm piece wool felt in mustard
  • A4 sheet of wool felt in white
  • Embroidery thread in white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • 2-litre hot water bottle
  • Paper and pencil
  • Ruler

Blanket stitch the edge of the hot water bottle

How to make a hot water bottle template:

  1. Place your empty hot water bottle on a piece of paper and use a pencil to draw around the edge. With a ruler, straighten the lines at the neck of the bottle using our image as a guide. Add 2cm around all the edges of the hot water bottle to create your front hot water bottle template.
  2. For the two back templates, measure 28cm up from the bottom of the template. Draw a horizontal dashed line to mark this length. Then measure 18cm down from the top of the template and draw a horizontal dotted line to mark this length.

The back of the hot water bottle cover

How to personalise the hot water bottle cover:

  1. Firstly, cut out the template and pin to the mustard wool felt. Then cut out one front and one of each of the back pieces.
  2. For the two back pieces, turn the edges with the dashed lines under by 1cm and then another 1cm to create a double hem. Pin and topstitch in place with matching sewing thread. Blanket stitch over the sewn edges with six strands of white embroidery thread and an embroidery needle.
  3. Next, create the personalised letter on the front by either drawing your letter onto a piece of paper with a pencil or print it out on a computer. Cut out the letter motif, pin to the white wool felt, and cut out around the paper.
  4. Pin the letter in the centre of the front hot water bottle piece and blanket stitch around the edge to secure. Alternatively, if you’re short on time, you can always use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew the appliqué in place.
  5. Then pin the front hot water bottle piece to the back pieces with right sides together and pin all the way around the edge, making sure the two back pieces overlap to form the opening. Sew the pieces together with a 1cm seam allowance. Clip into the curves, turn right sides out and press.
  6. Using six strands of white embroidery thread and embroidery needle, blanket stitch all the way around the edge of the hot water bottle to finish.

How to personalise a hot water bottle

How to blanket stitch:

Bring the thread up below the edge of the fabric; then take a diagonal stitch to the right, 5mm in. Next, bring the needle out directly below and loop the thread around the needle; pull taut and repeat.

How to blanket stitch