Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quench Your Thirst >>> A Water Bottle Sleeve

Hot! Hot! Hot! 

It's been hot since April.  We were used to the heat in Haiti, but temps in the 90's here at home, for weeks in a row, we were not expecting.  And, we are feeling most every bit of it...cold water is definitely a must!  

Especially when out and about...but carrying a water bottle just on it's own can be a nuisance...with nowhere to set it down, getting everything else wet, the dirt sticking to the bottle, then getting on your get the picture.

I've made several different kinds of water bottle sleeves over the past couple years and found them to be a really useful thing to have.  Just a couple of weeks ago it was my mom's birthday, so I decided that a water bottle sleeve might be something handy for her to have as well.

I looked through lots of patterns and ended up choosing one of the patterns from a book that I've had sitting on the shelf for awhile.

It hasn't really just sat on the shelf...I've thumbed through this book plenty of times looking at all of the beautiful projects.  The Water Bottle Sleeve is the first project I decided to tackle.  It's got a beautiful, more sophisticated design that I thought would really suit my mom.

The directions for the project were straightforward and easy to follow.  

I found some turquoise, black, and white fabrics from my stash to use that coordinated beautifully.  I just pieced them together and angled it when I cut it to the dimensions needed.  (I have a hard time following a pattern without changing it in some way, shape, or form)

I love drawstring bags and made the string on this one really long for some reason.  It's a nice way to keep the bottle secure while adding a special touch.

I thought the lace medallion at the top was a nice addition to the project and would look great against the black fabric on top.  I found something I had crocheted awhile back and was happy to find it a great home.  The pattern came from my favorite crochet book: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet
I sewed it on by hand using the same lace that I had used to crochet it originally.

The one other change I made was to add a sturdy handle in the back.  I had made another water bottle sleeve awhile back that included this feature and it's nice to have when you'd rather hook it on the back of a chair or carry it while walking.  I inserted the handle between the lining and the outer fabric when sewing it together.

One last tip is in order to give it more stability when setting it on a table, add some heavier weight interfacing to just the bottom piece.  My water bottle is warped on the bottom and will not even stand up anymore on it's own, but did just fine when it was inside the sleeve.  Double bonus!

How do you carry your water bottle?  Do you have a favorite pattern for a water bottle sleeve?  Share in the comments below...I'd love to hear.

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