Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Holly Hobbie Hot Water Bottle Cover for the Hottie Challenge

I finally decided to take the plunge & take part in a Hottie Challenge for the Margaret Pratt Foundation.

The aim is to make a Hot Water Bottle Cover, it did not need to be a functional cover, the only rule was: The cardboard template must be used.

I loved the idea that any art medium or textile technique could be used.
I felt like I was a teen again. Well... just meaning I was using some of the  sewing techniques I used to use way back then.

My Hot Water Bottle Cover entry for the 'The 2013 Hottie Challenge'.
It's called 'My Hottie - Warm As Pie'.

My inspiration is from my Holly Hobbie Buntings I made early this year (in store now).



I wanted to create a Hottie that used different sewing techniques & fabrics.
Basically this 'Hottie' includes some of my favorite things.

 I first  did some patchwork squares with vintage floral fabrics and then sewn it on to quilting battening.
I used a small panel of Hollie Hobbie Fabric machine sewn on to the patchwork.

I knew I wanted to hand embroider
some text so i did so by using embroidery threads.
Oh... and I cheated a little. I printed out the text on to paper & embroidered over the text. Actually it worked out alright.

I have hand sewn small doilies & used tiny beads - three in the middle of each tiny doily.

The back was done by using an unwanted jumper/sweater of mine!
I felted the jumper, actually the first time I did this!
Luckily it worked!

I used some green bias binding for the very top of the hottie to finish it off.

Now I'm looking forward to next year's hottie cover, no idea what I'll do but I know it will be fun & money raised from the sale will go to a very worthy charity.

A big thank you to Cam at The Curly Pops Shop.
A group entry of about 100 entries is an amazing effort, well done!
For more info:

Below, my Hottie in the making.....

My unwanted jumper & florals for patchwork

Below, my Hottie in the making.....

Just the 'almost' finished of the 'cover' only

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