First off, is anyone having trouble coming to my blog? I added a thingy for the MKing web ring, and sometimes when I click on my blog, it's coming up with the webring page instead. Let me know.
I decided I wanted a water bottle holder. I'm tired of carrying my big purse just so I can jam my bottle in. I'm tired of carrying the other kids' bottles. I'm tired of not having my water because I had no way to carry it easily. I saw on www.resweater.blogspot.com that she had made a water bottle cozy from a sweater sleeve. I had somewhat forgotten this when I embarked on my design, but I did use a sleeve. The sweater had a weird folded back cuff that I had to deal with. I just used my limited design skills to design a cylinder with a folded down, to the outside, casing for a strap. I cut a strip off the bottom of the sweater because it had a nice design, folded it over, and also added two additional plain sections that I thought I needed for length, and I thought they'd be hidden in the casing. Then I made a second one, using the other sleeve.
Well. Issues galore. I worried about the strap stretching, and it did. Big time. It also pulled up over the bottle, and just looked bad. You can see that I had just knotted the straps because I wasn't sure about length, stretching, and if maybe sometimes we'd want to tie them to something, or if someone of a different size was using it.
I went back to the Resweater blog and looked at her's. Well, she didn't have a strap. Meg then asked for her own, but didn't like any of the sweaters available. I knew I had to do some googling. I found a tutorial for a reversible holder. That would work with sweaters, although I started with sweatshirt material and hot pink fleece for Meg's.
Things started out great. Then I went to sew the circle on the bottom. On mine, I had kept the sleeve seam, so I just had to sew the circle on. I just traced around the bottom of the bottle to figure out the size. This tutorial has you do (easy) math to make the circle, which worked well. But then you sew the circle to the flat rectangle before the side seam. It doesn't really explain how to do this well. You have to leave 1/4" flap at each end, of the rectangle. Yeah, not the easiest thing to line up. As I was almost done sewing on the circle, I had a thought...did I sew it to the right edge of the rectangle--one side was 9", one was 9 3/4", and which was which? Luckily I had sewn it to the right end! I made a mental note to always check that. Then it came time for the straps. I was skipping the steps with the batting, so I got a little confused...I really don't think the tutorial is written well. I had this white webbing from a "SSC" (soft structured baby carrier) I was going to sew. Perfect for this project. But the tutorial doesn't say how long to make the strap!
The reason for the title....often when I make things, plan things, do things, I don't start with the easiest way. I dive in. Rob (my husband) often says "....in true Tracy design....." (or "fashion" or "style") when I'm doing something like this, in a way different than how he'd do it with his engineer brain. Yet, even he acknowledges that it turns out in the end. I'm thinking of this as my new "business" name :)