Daryl and I love to take Beauregard on walks around the lake in Apex. We go almost every weekend, as it’s Beau’s favorite place to go walking too. The trail around the lake is paved so you never have to worry about muddy trails when it is rainy or drizzley out. The best thing about Lake Pine is that it is teaming with wildlife! There are turtles, frogs, geese, ducks, birds, and a ton of squirrels(Beau’s favorite.) On our walks we always carry a water bottle. I usually start out fine, but after the first little bit we will spend the remainder of our walk passing the water bottle back and forth since neither of us likes to carry it. So, I decided that I needed to make a water bottle sling. There are lots of cool tutorials out there for bottle carriers. I made mine pretty much like the one I found at The Long Thread.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Tablecloth scrap fabric piece
*1″ wide Cotton Webbing
*Cording or Ribbon
The Long Thread has a great pdf tutorial with clear instructions and pattern which you can find here. I followed the basic pattern, but I changed a few small details. I added ribbon trim to my strap, and instead of elastic in the casing I made the casing open and had a drawstring. To add ribbon to the strap, lay the ribbon out centered on the top of the webbing. Top stitch down one side close to the edge (about 1/16th from the edge,) then stitch the bottom and back up the other side and the top. Snip excess thread. To make the casing at the top fold the sides in about a quarter of an inch on each side then fold the top edge down a quarter of an inch and press. Then fold the top over again to the backside about an inch and press. Stitch the casing down close to the bottom of the top edge you folded over. Now you can stitch the strap on and sew the rest of the bag seams. When you have the bag sewn, you are ready to string the cording through the casing. Attach a safety pin through the tip of the cording. Now feed the safety pin with the cording through the casing. Pull the cording out through the other side of the casing. Leave about five inches of cording on each side. Tie off the ends of the cording. And you are finished, yay!
I LOVE this little water bottle holder! It is awesome on our walks! I used one of my favorite tablecloth scraps for this tote, but you could use any kind of medium to heavyweight fabric. Reusing scraps is always best. And of course for me, it’s gotta be vintage! It’s what makes me happiest! I hope some of you will give this one a try, you’ll love it! Be sure to check out the full tutorial over at The Long Thread. I’ll be back next week with more fun summer diys. Until then….