Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Walker's Water Bottle Sling

I bought this pattern by Whistlepig Creek at a recent quilt and craft show. I really needed a place to carry a water bottle when I am walking, especially in this hot weather. The sling is made using an insulating material (I used Insul-Bright), so hopefully it will keep my water cooler longer. The pattern is well written and goes together fairly quickly too. You have the option of adding one or two pockets (front or back or both) and you can add a flap to the pocket(s) or not. I chose to make 2 pockets and I added flaps to both because I didn't want anything to fall out. The pockets will fit a cell phone, keys, a small snack, driver license, etc. Plus the pockets have a pleat at the bottom so that they can expand a bit. Here is my sling~
I used batik fabrics on the outside and a light denim inside. I bought the main batik fabric on sale at a local quilt shop when they had all fat quarters on sale for only $2! The batik I used for the strap and base I already had.

Besides the topstitching along the edges, I sewed a wavy stitch down the center.

I also added another stitch at the base here.

I used Velcro closure and sewed a sweet little heart button on the flap.

The light denim lining is quilted to Insul Bright.
I wanted to buy a water bottle for my sling, but didn't want plastic and the stainless steel ones were rather pricey, so I found a bottle of Virgil's root beer at the local food co-op and bought it mainly for the bottle. I later saw empty bottles like this for sale at an import store costing a bit more! May as well buy the bottle with something inside for a few pennies less. I love this bottle as it's totally leak proof and the cap is attached so I can't lose the cap that way. Best of all it fits perfectly inside my new water bottle sling! Yay!
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  1. What a great project Daryl! Not just useful, but pretty too. Love the rootbeer bottle you found. The name Whistlepig is a hoot!

  2. Out of necessity comes the best projects. This is a great water bottle hands free holder and with bonus pockets. I love that you shopped for the perfect bottle and got it filled with delicious root beer for less money than an empty bottle. Kudos Dear...

  3. I love this idea. I'm going to look for the pattern. I think this would be very useful and I know a few people I could gift one to. You used some pretty fabrics.

  4. Great project, Daryl. Very useful and great as a gift.

  5. LOVE IT. I never thought of adding pockets but what a prefect idea! I love your little embellishments and the fabric is gorgeous. I agree I don't like using plastic and what a cute bottle. I tend to use my stainless steel water bottles but yours is so adorable. great job thanks for sharing.

  6. Ingenious pattern. You've made a beautiful bottle holder with your choice of fabircs.
    At first I thought it was a beer bottle and that made me laugh. Going out with a rootbeer bootle is more acceptable. lol
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good weekend!

  7. A great way to carry a water bottle, Daryl. Love the water bottle itself, too.


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