Insulated ‘Keep Warm’ Baby Bottle Cover

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

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

I love these for baby shower gifts. Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

[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

 

Materials needed:

  • 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.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

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.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

Baste the insulation on the fabric pieces, by hand or with spray baste.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

Sew the top, bottom and sides together to make a long tube.  Leave a small gap in the lining piece for turning.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

Box the corners at the bottom to give it a little shaping.  I cut a 1 inch square, measured from the stitching lines.

I love these for baby shower gifts. Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

Turn the tube the right way out, close the gap in the lining and push the lining down inside.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags. 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.

I love these for baby shower gifts.  Practical but pretty 'keep warm' insulated feeding bottle bags.

Download the full details and instruction here

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Download the 'Keep Warm' baby bottle cover

You can download the pattern and instructions for the Keep Warm bottle cover from my design account at Craftsy.  It's a PDF file containing both instructions and pattern sizing all in the same file.  Enjoy!

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.

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Do drop over to her site to take a look – she does great patterns too!

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8 Responses to Insulated ‘Keep Warm’ Baby Bottle Cover

  1. Superb idea! I never seen such thing in my life but because of you and your artistic mind I was exposed to this baby bottle cover. Thank you for sharing this one to us. Very cute and very unique!

  2. Great news! I am featuring your sweet bottle cover tomorrow on Made in a Day! What a great baby idea! Thanks so much for pinning it to the P3 Board! Congrats! Look for it tomorrow on my social media feeds!

  3. I love this and will be making some for my new niece or nephew. Just a note though. Basting Spray is highly toxic. My sister nearly died from using it outside in a very well ventilated area.

  4. Daniela says:

    Great Tutorial! I love your fabric choices for this, it looks really cute (and practical!!!)
    It is always fun to collaborate with you ;)

  5. Brilliant!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-insulated-keep-warm-baby-bottle-cover/2014/08/10/
    –Anne

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