water bottle holder tutorial featuring Tara Reed fabric for Riley Blake Designs

The easiest way to Sew a Water Bottle Holder

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If you’re heading out with a water bottle whether it’s on a walk around the neighborhood, a camping trip or scenic hike, why not go in style and sew water bottle holder?

I saw a few tutorials on Pinterest and got excited – then I clicked the link and saw they used a round bottom and I groaned.

water bottle holder cutting diagram

I love quick and easy projects and sewing not one but two small circles, figuring out the exact size that will line up well for the side, clipping the curves… it’s sends me straight to the couch in search of my remote!

BUT I figured out the EASIEST WAY to make a water bottle carrier with no curves or clipping! I’ll show you how to figure out the size you need for your favorite water bottle using a box bottom. 😎

In this tutorial I’m using my August Fruit Toss fabrics that are part of the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs.

measure your water bottle to sew the perfect size carrier
measure to determine the height of your water bottle holder
supplies to sew a water bottle carrier


  • (2) outer fabric
  • (2) lining fabric
  • 2 1/2″ strips (x desired strap length) for straps
  • 1 1/2″ strips of fusible fleece – same length as the straps (Pellon 987F)
  • 2″ fabric square for clasp loop
  • 1/2″ Lobster Claw Swivel Clasp
  • Fabric Pen or chalk
  • Fabric Clips or Pins
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Quilting Ruler
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ironing Board
  • Tailor’s Clapper (optional)

00:00 introduction
01:16 Determine the size
02:49 Supplies
03:21 Determine length of straps
04:52 Fuse fleece to lining
06:38 Iron Clip Loop
07:38 Cut box bottoms
08:57 Add optional tag
09:28 Clip or Pin fabrics
10:18 Sew
11:50 Sew strap pieces together
13:06 Form straps with fleece
16:27 Sew straps
17:18 Assemble the water bottle holder
19:44 Add the clasp
20:37 Sew together
20:57 Turn right side out
21:24 Close the turning opening
22:07 Topstitch to finish

I used my August Fruit Toss fabrics that are part of the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs n this tutorial.

I love having the clip on the holder so I can attach my key fob keychain and/or lip balm holder too!Β 

What else would you attach? Let me know in the comments.

This is a great project to showcase your creativity and make thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

πŸ’¦ Tara Reed


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