Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Water Bottle Cozy Tutorial

Measure around the fattest part of your water bottle and add
1 ¼” – 1 ½”. Figure the height measurement (your choice for how much of the bottle you want covered).


Make patchwork, embroidery, etc. to match your measurements. Iron to fusible batting or use spray to adhere them together. Fuse or spray baste this to a piece of fabric for lining that is about 1” larger around all edges.

Place the ¾” line on your ruler along the edge of the patchwork and trim with your rotary cutter. This leaves an edge you can wrap to the front for binding.

Bring the edge of the lining up to the edge of the patchwork and then fold in once more. Make mitered folds at the corners and topstitch close to the folded edge. The photos below show it in detail.

Fold up to the edge...
Fold again up over edge of patchwork...

Fold a diagonal, making sure it is straight...

Fold into the edge of patchwork...

Fold a second time over the edge of the patchwork.  Each bottom edge must be folded into the miter as you are approaching it.  Make sure you stop about 2" back so you have room to do the folding.  If you finish the right side stitching and try to fold the miter as you get to the corner, your presser foot will bump it back and you will have to refold again.  By folding the bottom edge and corner and then finishing the folding of the side edge, you will not have any problems.  This puts the side fold on top of the bottom one and there is nothing to bump into with your foot.




If desired you can quilt it at this point if it wasn’t quilted prior to assembly. It doesn’t have to be quilted (your choice).

Sew Velcro on the ends, the hook portion on the lining side and the loop portion on top of the cozy.  I only sew 3 sides of the hook tape in place so I won't have a line of stitching showing on the patchwork.

19 comments:

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

Great tutorial, thanks! This is a good project to use up scraps.

Linda

Jackie said...

Wanda, I just love this! They would not only be great for scraps, but wonderful little gifts!

Celia Ciuffo said...

Magnífico tutorial!!!
No entiendo mucho la explicación, pero con las fotos...suficiente.
Gracias!!!

Connie said...

Thanks for the great tutorial on the Cozy Wanda. I think your tip for mitering the corner will really help as sometimes I don't have any trouble and then the next time my corner won't miter correctly. Beautiful work!

jovaliquilts said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I especially like how you did the mitered binding.

NeverBored said...

Great tutorial! Thanks so much! The sweating of my water bottle is about to be conquered!

karenfae said...

thanks for posting - I guess we all should be able to do this easy enough! great way to use up scraps.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Marie said...

Thank you Wanda - great tutorial and photos as always.

Hugs - Marie

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Thanks I will have to try one.
Mary Ann

Sheila said...

Good Pictures. Great Tutorial. Thanks for 'meter corner' tips! Sometimes I bring the backing of small quilts to the front and bind. Always had a fight with the corners.
I want to make a cozy for my water bottle. Excellent gift idea.
Thank you.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I need to make one for the recycled water bottles I keep by my irons (one downstairs for shirts and one upstairs for stiching), plus one for my desk at work ... thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

(great excuse to repurpose a few orphan bits!)

Pat said...

These are great directions, thanks. You could also use this same concept to make a mug rug. Into the sewing room I must go. Thanks again.

Miki Willa said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Muddling Through said...

Thanks, Wanda! I think I'll make one for my iced tea glass.

Karen said...

Wanda, thanks for explaining the mitered binding. I've tried to do this before, and never could quite figure it out. Thanks!

Sue said...

This is a great tutorial, especially the corner tips. Thanks so much for sharing.

Doreen K. said...

Thank you for a great tutorial. I have always used a sock. This is a lot prettier.

Amy said...

Thank you for the tut, I have a friend who could use one or two

Dawn B. said...

What a terrific tutorial..I love this idea. Great for scraps.. I see you are in Northern IL... I grew up in Byron near Rockford.. We now live in North Carolina and I sure do miss N.IL. Thanks for sharing.