I just remembered that I gave you a sneak preview of a project I was working on a while back using Little Menagerie fabric and I never actually showed you the finished article! Well I was making a hot water bottle cover, using the instructions from 'Sew' by Cath Kidston.
I used the elephant fabric from Little Menagerie for the front of the hot water bottle and quilted it in a criss-cross pattern -
For the back I used stripey blue and white fabric, quilted with straight, horizontal lines along every other white line -
The opening is secured with a button and loop made from bias binding -
Just look at that gorgeous crinkle! And I love how the bias binding gives such a neat and professional looking finish to the back of the cover.
Here's a better look at the elephant fabric -
For the 'in between' layer I actually used a fleece baby blanket. Not only was this extremely cheap, but it made sense since this is a hot water bottle, so the fleece will make it extra snuggly warm! I think the fleece added to the crinkly-ness of the quilting especially on the back.
Did you notice the little tag on the bottom side of the hot water bottle?
I got these little labels printed (well actually its a big looooooooooooong ribbon). It says 'Handmade with Love' and I think it adds a nice special touch to handmade gifts.