The idea behind this project was to find a practical way to increase the amount of water I can take when going in the outdoor, without compromising on the volume of my backpack. The solution is a water bottle holder that can be strapped anywhere: on a bag, on a belt or simply on a shoulder strap.
There are already several bottle holder designs available in the Instructables database:
- The hook and loop type: a carabiner and a loop around the bottle with some paracord. Quick and simple, but it must swing a lot on your hip or on your bag.
- The paracord type: A fitted net around the bottle. Lots of interesting design options with the type of knots, but again the attachment is a carabiner so it must swing around.
- The fabric type: A holder entirely made of fabric. Perfect if you want to have an insulated layer to keep your water fresh, but without a sewing machine you’re on for a long project.
All these projects look very nice but none fitted what I was looking for:
- Easy to make without any machinery
- Good sturdy attachment to fix the bottle either on a belt or on a backpack
- Low cost
I came up with a different design, build out of a nylon strip. It’s light, strong, easy to build, and it’s cheap. The design can be applied to any bottle format. So whether it’s for a day on the trail or a day in the park you can adapt it to your needs.
Step 1: Supplies
Material you will need:
- A nylon strip at least three time the length of the bottle + some extra to loop twice around the bottle
- Optional: 1 D ring
- Optional: some elastic cord (salvaged from an old backpack)
- Optional: 1 snap button or a small strip of velcro
- Around 2$ for 20" of nylon
- 25 cents for a D ring
- Around 5$ for a box of 50 snap buttons and a hand press
- Around 50 cents if you opt for the Velcro option
Equipment you will need:
- A sewing needle
- Some thread
- A lighter or some matches