Hot Waterbottle Cover

For my best friend’s birthday I made her a snuggly hot water bottle cover. For the fabric I used a second-hand pure wool jumper (found at the op-shop), which I then put in the washing machine on a warm wash, to felt and thicken it up a bit. I then traced around a hot water bottle to make the pattern. I added half and inch seam allowance, and for the back I cut the piece in half across and added a full inch overlap on the bottom piece (plus half an inch on both top and bottom pieces for hem). I then dry hand felted on a bird design, which I created myself, using felting wool. I folded over and felted down the half-inch hem on the two back pieces then stitched around the whole thing using the sewing machine. I added two buttons and cut two button holes in the back to close the gap. Here is the final product:

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