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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Easy to make without any machinery
  2. Good sturdy attachment to fix the bottle either on a belt or on a backpack
  3. 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:

  1. A nylon strip at least three time the length of the bottle + some extra to loop twice around the bottle
  2. Optional: 1 D ring
  3. Optional: some elastic cord (salvaged from an old backpack)
  4. Optional: 1 snap button or a small strip of velcro

Approximate cost:

  1. Around 2$ for 20" of nylon
  2. 25 cents for a D ring
  3. Around 5$ for a box of 50 snap buttons and a hand press
  4. Around 50 cents if you opt for the Velcro option

Equipment you will need:

  1. A sewing needle
  2. Some thread
  3. A lighter or some matches
<p>looks cool</p>
<p>This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.</p>
<p>This is a great idea! I like that you can attach it to any pack and it looks really slick and secure. Nice job!</p>

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