Thursday, July 25, 2013
Monogrammed Water Bottle Holders
Every year my oldest goes to Girl's Camp for one week with the Young Women's program at our church. Our stake has a mail program where we can send gifts and notes up to the girls. This is very popular and I try to do a little something every day. She also takes her best friend from school with her, so I have double the trouble to be creative for.
This year I decided to start the week off with water bottle holders. Because of her dietary restrictions she has to take her own supplemental food and (distilled) water. Since I want her to be drinking lots of that out in the summer heat, I thought a holder would keep reminding her for me :)
My scrap pile is also overrun with old jeans--I just don't seem to be able to throw them out. I'm working on camping quilts ... but in the meantime I look for other projects to use them and I fell in love with this idea. I tweaked a couple of tutorials, but this is what I came up with--and I love it. Red, white and blue is always a winning combo for me :)
This is the tutorial I mostly used. I tweaked the sizes a little bit. One thing I found out is that I need to cut the lining 1/4 to 1/3 inch larger than the outside piece because the bulk of the denim and insulbrite seriously shrunk it--even with pinning. I think if you used an outside and lining that were similar weight this would not be as much of an issue.
If I had this to do again, I would not do the frenched seams--they just create more bulk. I'd probably do a more traditional liner like I do for my bags--that way the handles are also sewn in and not as obvious.
For the monograms, I used this site. I wanted to use the celtic knot one, but I didn't like the look for the letters I needed. (Also, if you click on the "Patterns" tab at the top of the page, there are some really cool designs with lots of possibilities.) I tried several ways to trace/outline the designs after I printed them out, but the denim was uncooperative, so I ended up free-handing it. That turned out OK, but not great. I was pretty frustrated and disappointed after I finished with the paints, but I'm much happier with them now that they're dried.
I think I'll put some of those flavoring drops in the pocket with a little note for them. Hope they enjoy them!