My Favorite Things: Water Bottle Carriers

Posted By Allison on May 3, 2012

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My favorite kids’ water carrier

Water is an essential item on the packing list for most family outings. Whether hiking in the national parks, wandering the zoo, or exploring an urban jungle, everyone needs their own water.

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.

Carrying his own water in Arches

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!

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.


  1. My sewing skills are very limited too, but I think this is something that I’d be able to handle. I think it will make a perfect “home ec” project for me and my teens before we head out on those summer hikes. 🙂

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    • Good luck and have fun! I think anyone who knows how to thread a sewing machine can manage this one.

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  2. This is a great idea, especially for my scouts who need to carry water with them often. Thanks for sharing the tip!

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