How to Make an Embroidered Water Bottle Carrier

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Pin the strap to the top edge of the bag and try it for length. Trim off the excess strap and sew in place.
The stripes on this embroidered ribbon are colors representing many cancer awareness organizations.
Measure your bottle at its widest point.
Pin the strap to the top edge of the bag and try it for length. Trim off the excess strap and sew in place.

Pin the strap to the top edge of the bag and try it for length. Trim off the excess strap and sew in place.

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I alway make it a point to participate in at least one race, walk, or run for the cure every year. As the weather gets cooler, holding a cold bottle of water can make your hands cool, too. Let me show you how to make a customized mini tote that fits your water bottle like a glove and has a handle or strap to carry it with. Some of you might want a short handle so you can carry it like a mini tote, while others might want a strap that you can wear across your shoulder—you decide! I was feeling very crafty working on this project; I found a Breast Cancer Awareness resuable grocery bag that is perfect for this project and a cool embroidered ribbon design that's free from Artistic Thread Works. I chose it because it's not a standard pink embroidered ribbon—the different colored stripes represent different breast cancer organizations.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A reusable grocery bag (I found a pink one at Stop & Shop)
  • Your water bottle (to determine the measurements for your water bottle tote)
  • Embroidered Ribbon Design (you can use your own or download the one I used from Artistic Thread Works)
  • Cut-away stabilizer
  • 505 temporary adhesive spray
  • Embroidery threads according to your design
  • Thread to match your bag fabric

Let's get started by measuring the widest point on the water bottle. My water bottle measures almost 9-1/4 inches around. Add approximately 3/4 inch for seam allowance and a little extra room for ease. (My final widthwise measurement is 10 inches.)

Measure widest point of the bottle
Make sure you measure the widest point on your water bottle, which sometimes may be at the top, not at the base.

Measure the length of the bottle. My bottle measures 7-1/2 inches. Add 1/2 inch to that measurement. (My final measurement is 8 inches.)

Measure the lenght of the bottle
If you start measuring the length just under the cap, you will be able to drink out of it without having to take it out.

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