Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Not just another Water Bottle Holder

I have been crocheting with plarn (plastic yarn) for 10+ years and have a tremendous appreciation for it. Why - because you just can't waltz into your favorite LYS and buy it. You process it from scratch. So when I'm thinking of new recycling projects, I always try to find ways to avoid using as much plarn wherever and whenever possible.

It's important that my projects be unique, different, creative and unlike anything else out anyone has seen.

My son just finished drinking a sports drink (Powerade) and I wondered to myself what could this bottle be used for. I picked it up and noticed how user-friendly it was to my hand and my fingers just conformed to the structure of the bottle. It was so easy to grab and pick up. That's when the idea hit me to make this into a water bottle holder.

So I cut the bottle off half way, used a hole punch and punched holes all around. Then did multiple rows of sc until I reached a reasonable height. I determined how high I wanted to go up by placing a water bottle inside which determined how much further I wanted to go before starting the flap.

Next decision - what to do for the closure. Nope - wasn't going to consider a snap, a hook, a button, etc. because then it wouldn't be unique and different. That's when I decided to use a pop tab. But the pop tabs from a soda can just seem too small. My collection of pop tabs range in various sizes so I decided to use a big one (Campbell's soup can).

Making the strap was easy. I wanted to incorporate both colors so I did a ch of 65 and hdc across in one color (row 1) then changed colors, did another row of hdc (row 2) then for the final row (row 3) changed back to the first color. I attached the straps to the sides, sewed the pop tab to the front and weaved in all my ends. It's done.

What did I accomplish? I kept a plastic container from ending up in the trash, saved on plarn which will be used for another project and made a unique, different and one-of-a-kind water bottle holder.

Very simple and quick. Project completed in one evening. Oh, this would make a really neat gift idea too.

I'm happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. i like it, especially the closure.
    good idea!

  2. Great idea! Nifty, thrify and crafty all in one, plus eco-friendly. Congrats