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Water Bottle Sling


It’s hiking season.


And Amusement Park season and National Park season and Stroll Around the Block season.


Do you hate carrying a water bottle in your hand as much as I do?


No more.
Here is a simple solution.


I designed my sling after a 16 ounce water bottle and there is still a little breathing room with the dimensions I will give. So if your bottle is a bit bigger……it will still probably work just fine.


You’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric 8.5 x 5.5 inches (I used upholstery type fabric……but sturdy cotton lined with interfacing would work great.)
  • 1 piece of fabric 47 x 5 inches. (Keep in mind that the 47 inches that I used is because I am 5’11” and so I wanted it long. I also wanted to be able to sling it across my chest like a messenger bag. But measure against your body.)
  • sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.
First cut squares out of the bottom side (5.5 inch side) of your two rectangle pieces. Cut out squares that are 1.25 x 1.25 inches in size.
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Then fold your squares together to form a corner along the bottom of the rectangle piece of fabric.


Pin and sew 1/4 inch seam. Do this to all four corners and then zig-zag right next to the seam to reinforce it.


Then place your two sides together, with right sides together and sew all along the bottom and sides. Do another zig-zag stitch right next to the seam.


Then fold down the top a half inch, and then another half inch, pin, and sew into place. (1/4 inch seam allowance.) Press if desired.


Then fold your long strap piece in half length-wise. Sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out and press with the seam along the back of the strap.


Pin your strap (about 2 inches from the end of the strap) to the wrong side of the main part, right along the side seam. Make sure the seam of the strap is facing outward also, so that when you turn it all right side out, you won’t see the seam. Sew right along the top, close to the top edge of the main piece.


Then, fold under the end of the strap about an inch and sew it into place.


Then turn it right side out, poke out the corners and you’re done.


Drop in a water bottle, sling it over your shoulder, and enjoy the easy access to your water.


If you have kids, make one for each of them so that they can carry their own water. Ah, yes.

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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