Saturday, July 30, 2011


Beginning of one of several water bottle cozies I'm making for grandchildren. They love that Boppa gets small ones from Costco, fills cooler with ice and puts it on deck so kiddos can get their own. Usually they have me write their names on with permanent marker and I'll draw something that represents them. Someone showed a tutorial for making these in a shorter version. Like them taller so will keep water cooler longer. Cut front and back and layer of batting each 9 inches wide and 5 inches tall. If add extra batting might need to add 1/4 inch to each measurement. Use insulated batting if wish. Put front and back right sides together and then layer on batting. Leave opening about 2.5 inches and sew 1/4 inch seam around--put opening on bottom, not like I did! Trim and clip corners, then turn. I used closed forseps to push out corners. Sew opening shut. Bottom is just a strip 2.5 inches by 6. I did cut two layers of batting for it. 2.5 x 2.5.

After sewing that and turning it inside out, I butted one end up to bottom of main part and zigzagged them together about 1 inch from side, then sewed other end of bottom, too...had to scrunch it up a bit but it worked out ok. Sorry picture showing it under foot is so fuzzy.

Zigzagged sides together so didn't have to do any hand sewing.

Finished product next to forceps. Got forceps at local pharmacy for just a few dollars each.

Bottom sewn this way makes it easy to remove cozy from empty bottle.

Each child will be able to pick their own materials next week when we get to see them. Adjust measurements if want to use it for larger bottles. Would work for re-usable bottles, too.


canuckquilter said...

Very cute. I made something similar for my kids, and added an adjustable shoulder strap. Now they carry their water bottles on hikes and field trips and family vacations. They have hands free and never have to stop and wonder where they left their water.

Anonymous said...

These are really cute! ....and you're SO talented! I took sewing lessons and had to find other creative avenues. I have an appreciation for those who can sew, but cannot figure it out!

Pam said...

What a great idea!

Quay Po Cooks said...

You are so talented. I wish I can sew.