As a teacher, I have a very hectic schedule during the day. I’m constantly on the go. I’m on the go so much that I honestly forget to drink enough water. I know it’s one of the worst possible things I can do for my health. Well, if you ask almost any teacher, that is pretty standard. Well, in order to get back on track with my water consumption and improve my personal health, I’ve started making a point of taking a Brita Water Filter bottle to work.
I picked up my Brita Water Filter at Walmart in the Hardware section. You can also find them here. First of all, this water bottle is great because it’s BPA free. The even better part is that since my school is a much older facility, it filters the yucky tasting tap water, and reduces any chlorine taste, odor, zinc, copper, mercury or cadmium. I also like how the filter is good for up to 300 uses, and by reusing the the bottle, it will keep 300 disposable plastic water bottles from going into the landfill, or even the recycling center.
Well, since I have my Brita water bottle all filled up, I wanted to make sure that I could fashionably carry it with me to and from school, as well as between my two teaching classrooms each day. That’s why I came up with this handy dandy, fashionable water bottle holder tutorial that I wanted to share with you.
First of all, I chose a sun outdoor fabric because it is a little heavier and would repel water. Plus, it was such a pretty mandala design that I couldn’t resit. It matches my personality perfectly. You could also make this pattern with regular fabric too. My test pattern was out of regular cotton fabric and it worked just as well.
- Fabric (Sun or Regular Fabric)
- Nylon for the inner lining
- Coordinating Thread
- Nylon Webbing
- Bungee cord
- (2) Grommets
- Gromet Setter
- (1) Plastic Toggle Spring Stop
Step 1: Cut the fabric, batting, and nylon all to 9″ x 12″ pieces.
Step 2: Cut a 4″ circle out of the fabric, batting, and nylon as well.
Step 3: Make a proper hem at the top of your fabric.
Step 4: Take your outside piece of printed fabric and fold it in half so the print is on the inside. Pin and sew a 1/4″ hem along the 9″ side. When finished you will end up with a tube. DO NOT turn it right side out yet!
Step 5: Taking the circle piece of fabric, pin it to the bottom of your tube. Make sure the bottom (no print side of the fabric) is facing out. Pin this in place and sew the circle to the tube piece. When done, reach through the tube, grab the bottom, and pull it through to make it right side out. It should look like this below.
Step 6: Take your batting and nylon pieces. Fold the top over and sew a proper hem.
Step 7: Repeat steps 4 and 5 with your nylon and batting materials. When finished you will end up with a second tube.
Step 8: Slide the inner tube into the first tube you made. Make sure the batting is between the nylon and outside fabric like the photo above. See that wasn’t too hard. Now you’re almost done! Onto the straps.
You can make the strap one continuous piece or you can use a parachute buckle. I wanted to be able to adjust the length of my water bottle holder, so I went with the parachute buckle.
Step 9: Slip the nylon webbing about 1″ down between your two tubes. Pin it in place but don’t sew it yet. If you’re just using 1 piece of webbing without a buckle, measure and cut the nylon webbing to what’s appropriate for the height you want the bottle to hang to. Since I decided to go with a buckle, I used about 1-1/4 yard long piece of webbing, which I cut into a 24″ piece and whatever the the remaining was. Before you thread the nylon webbing through the buckle, you will want to melt the end so it doesn’t fray. Be careful, this stuff gets really hot. Next, take the female end of the buckle and slide the webbing through with about a 1″ overlap. Create a small fold under your webbing before sewing it so you don’t end up with the sharp, burned end exposed. Pin this folded end of webbing in place and sew it. Take the other side of your strap, and slide it down about 1 inch between your two tubes just like the first, but on the other side of the holder. Pin it in place as well. Next, slide the other end through the male part of the buckle. Once you have both pieces threaded through the buckle and pinned in place, run a stitch around the tube, securing the webbing, but keep it about 3/4″ below the lip. This creates at bottom of the pocket that keeps the bungee in place.
Step 10: Punch (2) small holes in the outer layer of fabric and secure a small grommet in each of them. This is a really nice and easy way to finish the opening where the bungee slides through.
Step 11: Take your 20″ long piece of bungee cord, find the middle and tie a knot in it. Then, slide both ends of the bungee cord through the Plastic Toggle Spring Stop. Next, slide each end of the bungee cord through the front of the grommet, and pull them through. Place the ends of your bungee cord side by side, overlapping about 3/4″ and sew them together. Now you have a closed loop with the Toggle attached. The knot that you tied will keep the toggle from slipping off of your bungee cord so you won’t lose it. 🙂 Also,you can re-adjust the location of the knot later if it isn’t where you like it.
Step 12: Fit the bungee loop between the inner and outer fabric. Pin the top and sew around the rim just below your proper hem, and you’re finished. It should look like above.
I love how the water bottle holder makes the Brita water bottle even more convenient to carry around.
Now I’m really looking forward to getting back on track with my water intake. The Brita water bottle also has markings on the side of the water bottle letting you know how much water you have consumed throughout the day. This will be a great help for making sure I’ve met my daily intake goals. I am trying for at least two water bottles full per day or 44 ounces!
This water bottle holder will be great for short hikes too! So, go out and get started on getting more hydrated with a Brita water bottle, and by following this pattern and tutorial, you too can design and create your own water bottle holder that fits your unique personality.
Here’s to getting healthier.