This afternoon I settled into the plump whiteness of my bed with an old friend, one that has not seen the light of day for quite some time - my hot water bottle. How can I even begin to describe the depths of love for this bastion of warmth that has kept my feet happy for so long (it is made from silicon so doesn't perish). I made the cover a couple of years ago from linen (outer) and flannel (inner) with a middle layer of Matilda woollen wadding. I then printed the tree and sewed on velvet ribbons. It stays warm all night and doesn't snore, unlike some people who will remain nameless. When sewing the cover I realised that thin velvet ribbons are much easier to stick onto the fabric with strips of sticky tape rather than pins, the tape is then pulled off just before it is sewn without skewing the position.