Ok so I’m getting the feeling a lot of people in the blogsphere are pumped for Autumn. I’ve seen lots of excited for Autumn posts and my Instagram feed has been buzzing with knit wear, crunchy leaves and PSL's. (Let's pretend I didn't have to google PSL and see what all the cool blogger kids were chatting about. Uh huh, suuure. PSL man. Rockin. FYI: Pumpkin Spiced Latte.)
Anyway, this means it’s acceptable to start wearing a beanie and mittens right? RIGHT?!
I don't know about you, but the nights are getting chiller and chiller around here. Yesterday I had to crack out my winter duvet. (whaaat?)
This officially means permanent socks and hot water bottles in bed are totally acceptable. (sigh. bye freckles. see you next year.)
So I was in the market for a new hot water bottle, when I thought hey! Let's get my craft on and customise the bajeezus out of one! So I did. And it went a little something like this. Hit it.
I got this cute chunky knit grey one from Primark for £5. #bargain.
So I started off my choosing my contrasting fabric and the shape I wanted to customise with. I chose an Ampersand, because hey, they're cool. The coolest. A lot like the Harry Styles of the punctuation arena one might say. Or not, you know.
I tried to draw the ampersand free-hand a couple of times (which sucked), but then I remembered I had a cardboard ampersand in my Craft Cart so I used that as a template. (Note: you can find templates on Google!)
I then pinned my paper template onto my fabric. Because my shape isn't symmetrical I had to pin it back to front. I'm sure you're all way cleverer than me and definitely didn't need me to point that out, but just in case.
After carefully cutting it out I then pinned my fabric ampersand to my hot water bottle, taking extra care that the front of the cover wasn't pinned to the back! (I took the rubber insert out for this bit).
I then picked my thread (it's hard to see in these pictures but I went for bright yellow to contrast), and completed a running stitch all the way around the ampersand and round the cut-outs.
The stitching probably took half an hour. It really it the simplest stitch ever, just remember to keep the stitches and the spaces as even as possible.
And there you have it! A customised quirky hot water bottle, just in time for those Winter nighttime chills. Oh and snuggles. And to stick up your jumper to keep your belly warm. And to rest on top of your feet when sitting down. And to generally carry around and occasionally rub on your cheek.
...wait, you don't do any of that...?
Yeah. Me neither.