I've made a few projects with the insulated thermal lining before, the Long Arm Oven Mitts, the Can Cozy and Easy Quilted Pot Holders. So when Daniela from On the Cutting Floor wrote to me with some more ideas she had, we were inspired to create a couple more projects to share. See her project at the bottom.
With so many of my friends expecting new arrivals to their families, I wanted to make a insulated baby bottle cover that could help to keep a feeding bottle warm. I thought this could be used while out and about, or for night time feeds. I did a little online research and many looked difficult to open with round zippers and the like. With a baby in one arm, who needs complicated so I decided on a simple drawstring version which could more easily be pulled open.
Obviously baby bottle sizes vary so this pattern fits a standard looking bottle, not a dumpy one. You'll have to adjust if your bottles are a different size or shape.
Sewing an Insulated Baby Bottle Bag
[The full sizes and expanded instructions are in the download for you to keep. Abbreviated ones here to keep things short and sweet.]
Dealing with the insulation. My first concern was how to keep that insulated lining in place during the sewing and turning. It's not fusible like an interfacing and it's a bit shiny and crinkly. After a lot of experimenting with hand basting and the like, I took the easy way out and actually spray basted it in place right onto the fabric. I recommend you do the same, but hand basting it into the seam allowances and around the top also works, just takes more patience!
This basting spray is commonly used by quilters, is non-toxic and only temporary – it washes right out afterwards.
Watch me make one
- Cute fabrics
- Insul-Bright insulated liner, or similar thermal lining fabric
- Cord or ribbon for drawstrings
- Optional – basting spray
Cut out all of your fabric pieces and insulation pieces as described in the download. I thought it would be nice to piece this out of several fabrics, but you can make it out of a single fabric too. Sew all the pieces together first.
Prepare and then sew on the little strips that will be the casing for the drawstrings. We'll only sew along the top and bottom, leaving the sides open for the ribbon or cords.
Baste the insulation on the fabric pieces, by hand or with spray baste.
Sew the top, bottom and sides together to make a long tube. Leave a small gap in the lining piece for turning.
Box the corners at the bottom to give it a little shaping. I cut a 1 inch square, measured from the stitching lines.
Turn the tube the right way out, close the gap in the lining and push the lining down inside.
Thread through your cords or ribbons, one from each direction and pull them to close.
I think you'll realise this is so quick you'll have time to go ahead and make some more! Great baby shower gifts, but why stop there. You could make one for keeping your water bottle cool too. This basic design could be adapted for all sorts of hot and cold drinks containers.
Download the full details and instruction here
Daniela also had some great ideas for how to use the insulating liner. She made this ‘cool' insulated car organiser, with room to hold a drink and snacks. Perfect for long, or short, car journeys.
Do drop over to her site to take a look – she does great patterns too!