J was off early this morning to catch a train up to Aberdeen, which would have been fine, except our dear cat, Sam, took that to mean it was time for me to get up too… at 4:30 am. And if Sam wants you up, you’re up. He is one tenacious little fluff ball. So, once I accepted it was going to be an early start to the day I decided to embrace the coziness of dark fall mornings and make myself a yummy breakfast, cuddle up with a good book, and enjoy the stillness of a new day.

so self satisfied.

A couple hours of reading later, most people were just starting their days, but I was fully awake and ready to go! I decided it was a perfect time to work on a project I’ve long wanted to make as my hot water bottle and I are somewhat inseparable during the cold long months of winter here in Edinburgh. But, the bottle is made of rubber and always smells a little, well, rubbery which is not quite ideal. When I came across this tutorial, I tucked it away knowing I would eventually get around to making one. The project came together really fast, and in about an hour my hot water bottle had a cozy new cover, and no more rubber smell.

Hot water bottle covers are quickly gaining popularity as people are using them more these days as they are a good alternative to cranking on the heater, making them a more environmentally friendly way to keep your tootsies warm on chilly nights. If you’re not up to making a cover yourself, there are currently some great designs available for purchase. Check here, here, here and here for some fun ideas… great Christmas gift idea, no?

Also, in case you’ve missed it, it’s my favorite time of year over at Sew Mama Sew again as all month long they are celebrating handmade holidays. Go over and check it out. Loads of great ideas to make or buy from etsy as well as lots of opportunities to win some great prizes! Hurrah!

  • Deanna

    Too cute! Just thinking about that wretched rubber smell – I bet you could add a little inside pocket where you could slip in a sachet of lavender or vanilla (or whatever scent you like.) No doubt the warmth of the water bottle would make it doubly potent too!

    • sparrowhopes

      Ooo, a sachet of lavender and vanilla would be perfect! I may have to see about adding a little pocket on the inside of the cozy… Hurrah for no more rubber smell. :)

  • Marcia

    What a cute picture of dear Sammie. I can’t believe you whipped out a cover for your hot water bottle. I love Deanna’s idea of putting in some yummy smelling lavender or vanilla. … Of course, I have to admit, I’m hooked on your wonderful lavender/vanilla scented rice hot packs that I heat up in the microwave. Yes, it is the season to cozy up to a fire in the fireplace, an afghan, one of your hot packs, a cup of tea and a good book. By the way, I just finished reading “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. I think you’d like it. Love, Mom.

  • marla kay

    Ohhhh, sweet Sammy boy! Loved getting to see his picture…sorrry he woke you up so early, but it sounds like you made the most of a warm, cozy morning=) Just like mom, I am loving my lavender/vanilla rice pack that keeps me warm and comforts after a long day=) I love you so much Katy! Love, Mari

  • Suzanne

    Oh, how well I remember a water bottle. My mother would bring it out when we were sick or when our feet were cold. She had a nice soft cover that she had made for it as not only does the rubber smell like rubber but the slick surface is not cozy. Her cover was pink and fuzzy. :) Sometimes it would go in our beds right where our feet would be…..hmmm…nice and warm on those cold nights. You brought back good memories; thanks Katy!