After a trip to Bryce Canyon last fall where I carried my kids’ water bottles for them too much of the time, I seriously considered my daughter’s request to purchase water bottle carriers in the gift shop. However, upon seeing the $15 price tag on what looked like a basic home sewing project, I decided I could do better myself.
Sure enough, I found a pattern online at Pink Chalk Studio for attractive, insulated water bottle carriers. My daughter and I made a trip to the fabric store and picked up everything we needed. I admit that I spent as much money as I would have if I had just bought two carriers in the gift shop, but I think the appearance and quality of our water bottle carriers are superior and when I finished the first two I realized that I had enough materials to make at least two more.
My daughter was thrilled with her hot pink and black zebra-print fabric and “Princess” ribbon. My son’s carrier is red and brown and safari-themed. I had never heard of Insul-Brite, the insulating layer, but the clerk at the fabric store pointed me in the right direction.
Don’t worry if your sewing skills are limited. I rarely use my sewing machine and my skills are basic. This project is simple enough that I let my seven-year-old sew some of it, and it was her first time using a sewing machine. I have never done machine quilting and a little of that is needed for this project too, but I went ahead without much plan or pattern and was happy with the result.
Follow the directions and keep it simple, and you won’t go far wrong. This carrier holds a standard plastic water bottle, but you could easily customize the measurements to hold your aluminum or other bottles, if needed.
Now our children are happy to carry their own water on family outings!