Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sew Grateful Week - Scrapbusting Project: Water Bottle Carrier

Did you know that it is Sew Grateful Week? This link party event is hosted by My Happy Sewing Place, and it involves crafters from all over the world. There are dozens of generous giveaways, and it's a great way to connect with some fantastic bloggers in the online sewing community. Today is the projects link party, and I would like to show my gratitude by creating and sharing another craft blogger's tutorial.

I have been obsessed with interested in scrap/stash-busting ideas lately, which has added quite a few projects to my, already lengthy, list. One of the tutorials that I came across recently was this Water Bottle Carrier at Pink Chalk Studio.

The reason that this project jumped to the top of the list is because:
A - It is quick.
B - I need it.
I am VERY familiar with being everyone's camel during the hiking/biking/festival months, and when I saw this simple solution I was like, "Hell, yes! So smart!"

Unfortunately, I don't stock any insulated batting and I would have to travel a few hours to get some. So, I started hunting around my house for an alternative.  My husband actually came up with the idea of using one of his neoprene-like Under Armour shirts. I was like, "Cut up clothes? Totally!" I know that the shirt isn't the same when it comes to retaining the cold temperature of the water bottle, but I don't care about that. Water is hydrating whether it is cold or warm. I just needed something that would keep the condensation from making the carrier a soggy mess, and this should work fine for that.
I wouldn't recommend this tutorial for beginners because of the french seams and attaching the circular bottom, but an intermediate sewer could handle this without an issue. I cranked these out, assembly-line-style, in just a couple of hours.
Besides the insulation, I followed the specifications of the tutorial exactly. I thought the process was explained really well, and the design was genius.  I actually had a lot of fun machine-quilting these carriers. It was my first experience with this technique, and I love the freedom and creativity of stitching my own shapes.
These make great gifts for just about anyone since they are handy for so many things - hiking (my son), biking (me), trips to the zoo (my nieces), metal-detecting (my dad), or just taking a walk around the neighborhood on a warm day (we will have warm days again, wont we??).

I am "sew grateful" to all of the creative, brilliant, inspiring, dedicated bloggers out there that post free tutorials. I know how much work can go in to drafting patterns or instructions, and I love the feeling of community I get when people share their efforts with the rest of the world. It makes the internet seem a little cozier. ;)


Anonymous said...

"Cut up clothes? Totally!" LOLLOLLOL!!!! These are glorious. Will have to make me some!

Angela said...

It was pretty funny because my husband normally has to hide his "well-loved" clothes from me for fear that they will end up in my fabric pile. Having him actually volunteer his shirt was a little out of character. :)