Good morning friends! We are coming up on warmer weather in my neck of the woods (finally!) which means we’re venturing out a bit more to visit the park, take walks, and all those other things that it’s difficult to do with a foot of snow on the ground. I mentioned a few months back that it’s my goal to get my family to drink more water, and I became an Absopure brand ambassador, sharing the things I love about our home delivery service. It has been wonderful having a water cooler in our home, and they also deliver bottles that we can take on-the-go. Today, I’m sharing a project that makes it even easier to bring a bottle of water along – a DIY water bottle sling for both kids and adults. This sewing project only takes about 15 minutes to make (less, if you’re really familiar with your sewing machine) and you’ve got a hands-free way to bring your water with you!
Now, it may not seem like much, but simple things like letting my daughter choose her own pattern for her own sling really got her excited about carrying her water. Anytime you can make it easy and fun to choose water over those less healthy alternatives, it’s a win. We rarely drank water when I was a kid, and it’s hard for me to choose water some days. I’m trying to make it easy for my kids, and Absopure makes it easy for me by bringing it right to my door once a month. So, let me show you how to make up a sling – or a whole set for your family – that’s perfect for field trips, hikes, and traveling.
For this project, you will need to cut the following pieces from any kind of cotton, flannel, or canvas.
- 1 piece 18″ x 10.5″
- 1 piece 3″ wide x 48-72″ (strap length can be fitted to anyone)
- 1 piece batting (or felt) 9″ x 10.5″
I made the pouch more sturdy by quilting it, but if you are using a heavy fabric like canvas, you can skip this step. The quilting not only makes it look more polished, but it also offers a little bit of insulation as well. Iron all pieces out flat before beginning.
I mentioned above that you can use a bit of felt instead of batting. Because this is such a small project, I can’t justify buying even a craft size roll of batting. Unless you keep batting on-hand in your craft room, or you plan to make several slings, a $1 sheet of craft felt will do the job just fine.
Fold the 18″ x 10.5″ panel in half so that you have two sides measuring 9″ x 10.5″. Slip the batting inside, between the sides of the fabric. I quilted quick horizontal lines for my sling, but you can be as creative as you want to be here! Trim away any uneven edges and square up your quilted panel.
Next, sew the two 9″ sides together, creating the sleeve for your water bottle. If you have a specific inside and outside, be sure that you’re sewing with the inside layer facing out. We’ll be turning this pouch right side out at the end. Stitch along the bottom edge (the rough edge where the batting shows) as well.
Next, prepare your strap. The strap can be fitted to any size person – just measure from the hip, up over the opposite shoulder, and back down to the hip. Add 6 inches to this length. For my 5 year old daughter, 48 inches was the magic number. (You can also make the strap adjustable by adding a slide, but I’m keeping the pattern ultra-simple for beginners.)
Fold the strap in half so that the long edges line up with the wrong side of the fabric facing out, and stitch along the edge. Turn the strap right side out – I like to use a big safety pin for this. Just secure it to one side of the fabric, close the pin, and feed it back through the tube. It will likely be wrinkly after you turn it, so press the strap flat with an iron before continuing.
Arrange the strap along the bottom edge of the pouch, allowing 1.5 – 2 inches to overlap the pouch. Then, make a diagonal stitch 2 inches from the corner of the pouch. This will both secure your strap to the inside of the sling and also round the bottom of the pouch.
Cut away the excess from the corners, being careful not to cut the straps. Turn the sling right side out. Finally, stitch along the top edge of the pouch, securing the straps in place at the top of the pouch.
Now, slip a full water bottle inside, and bring it along with you next time you’re on the go! It’s also a great way to carry your empty bottle until you spot a recycling bin, or until you find a place to refill and re-use your bottle.
This pouch is designed to hold a 16.9 oz size bottle, but it can easily be re-sized to accommodate your favorite size bottle.
Thanks for joining me for today’s project, and I’ll see you guys again soon. Have a great week!
Note: As an Absopure blogger, I get occasional free Absopure products in order to share crafts and ideas involving water initiatives and recycling with you, my awesome readers. This post was not a paid promotion, and the ideas and opinions I share are all my own.