The powers that be here at Fiskars Craft have deemed the sewing person.... Hmmmm I am not sure if that is a safe or good thing. LOL (really if something holds together after washing I deem it a success!)
But anyway I have had two mini problems with my kids....
1. Hotties are "too hot" without putting someting around them
2. Pajamas (PJ's or Jammies) are not put back under the pillow on the bed... ever...
Ok so they are only 5yrs and 7yrs old but I am a person that likes to keep all aspects of my home tidy and clean.... (not that I am always doing that though ;) )
Here is a tutorial for Plush Hottie covers for you that can be doubled up as Jammie holders....
PLEASE read all instructions first before starting.
You will need:
- various basic Fiskars shape templates - I used Circle, oval, hearts
- Supersized Fiskars templates - Hearts, Ovals, circles
- Fiskars No8. Scissors
- Fiskars No5. microtip scissors or No7. Strip cutter
- Fiskars Quilt cutting mat (I used the largest one)
- Fiskars Square quilt ruler
- Fiskars Titanium loop handle Rotary cutter
- sewing marker pen/chalk or pencils (the kind that wash out of fabric)
- Sewing machine/thread/pins
- Felt various colours to complete your animal face
- Polor Fleece (I got half a meter of two colours - the width of the fabric was huge on the roll) you will have heaps left over for pillow making etc.
Step 1: we need to establish the size of the Hotties (or hot water bottles) not all are created the same.
I measured the width of the hottie and then added an extra inch on both sides. Then cut. I folded the fabric over and over to get a one cut approach as my quilt ruler is not a long one. Nothing like moving the ruler only to find that it wasn't straight.
Step 2: I am always nervous that things wont fit so Here i am making sure that my hottie will fit at this stage... with enough seam room for sewing.
step 3: with myself satisfied a the cutting and fit I put the base of our project to one side...
Then start with cutting out pieces for the dog face (my daughter wants a puppy hottie cover)
I draw on the fabric with dressmakers pencil and then cut. These are the ears.
Below so far is the placement of ears, face and nose....
now for the chin.... from dark brown felt
step 3a: making the dinosaur face... (my son is Dino mad)
I used some blue polar fleese I had in my stash already as the base of my Dino
cut out a large oval for main part of face ... smaller circle for top of head and half an oval for the bottom jawline.
And then cut out circles for eyes.
The teeth where cut out like this...
I drew triangles around the bottom half of the oval template.
Then I cut out black nostril shapes, half black oval for the mouth and green diamonds.
Here is my placing of the pieces.... best to pin these in place once you finished cutting too...
Step 5: Now get out your main hottie base pieces we cut before and fold the ends over just about a half inch and sew
Step 7: mark with pins where the folds are in the fabric... unfold and place your character face onto the front of your hottie cover.... Pin in place on the good side and sew face onto the hottie cover base. Making sure, if like the dogs ears are over lapping the sides, to leave a gap for the seam... (see both pictures)
Step 8: Fold the hottie cover back up folding in the flappy ears... good sides together and character face inside the cover..
Here are both backs of the hottie covers... see the first one I sewed (brown) is a bit different than the second.... I found that the large part of the flap is better on top... like the green one.
And to celebrate the sewing season.... (winter) we are going to give away one of these little beauties....
All that YOU need to do, to go into the draw, to win the above Titanium Rotary loop handle Trimmer, is comment below before 9th June and a draw will be done on the 10th June (my mums birthday - the woman that started me sewing.)
Happy sewing everyone....