We recently got back from visiting my sister and her family in Sweden. In the lead-up to the trip I suddenly decided to make some hot water bottle covers, or hotties, for my nieces, thinking they’d make the perfect gift for a cold climate. In the end their house is so lovely and insulated and cosy, but the girls loved them and they are also perfect for sore tummies when you need someone to cuddle (Buggy gave them a little test drive before we gifted them!).

fox hottie cover Twig + Tale

If you start sewing Twig + Tale patterns I think it is a rite of passage that you become addicted to trawling op shops for woollen blankets on sale for next-to-nothing. I got the upcycled blanket above for Mr Fox from mum, but the sweet little fawn below is made from a blanket I nabbed for $5 feeling proud as punch with my first op shop blanket purchase!

hottie cover deer Twig + Tale

This blanket has probably seen better days and was fairly badly warped after its wash, but luckily I got in under control during the sewing.

hot water bottle deer cover wild things

The hottie pattern has so many lovely options to choose from, with animals including a Raccoon, Fox, Kitty, Panda, Owl, Bear and Fawn. And it also featured in Issue 14 of One Thimble sewing magazine.

wild things hottie cover

The hotties are part of the Twig + Tale Wild Things collection aimed for sewists who are enchanted with rustic patterns that inspire kids to get out and explore the environment around them. Other patterns you can find include bonnets, shoes and boots; capes, coats and vests, all that can be embellished with animal features or a bit of embroidery.

fawn hottie cover twig + tale wild things

This week is Wild Things week over at Twig + Tale, they’ve got competitions, prizes, free pattern upgrades and other goodies to get your hands on. Duck over to the Twig + Tale Chat FB group for more details!