How to Sew a Water Bottle Carrier Bag

How to sew a bottle carrier bag

Water Bottle Carrier Bags are a great accessory to carry your water bottle or reusable bottle in. This bag is reversible and has as cellphone pocket. This is a very popular project since everyone is trying to reuse bottles. It is the perfect size for plastic water bottles and reusable bottles as well. It is nice and sturdy since it is quilted. This is the first water bottle carrie that I have made but if you are interested in other handbags and carriers check out my handbag page.

I used cotton fabrics that I purchased online rom JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores and picked up in store. I just love that service. It is so convenient. If you don’t have a Joann’s nearby head to Amazon Fabrics or to get exactly what you need for your water bottle carrier bag. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What you will Need: How to Sew a Water Bottle Carrier bag

Step 1: Cut your Fabrics

Outer Fabrics

  • 4 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • 11 1/4: x 9 1/2″
  • 5 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
  • 4 1/2″ x 5 7/8″

Lining Fabric

  • 4 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
  • 11 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
  • 5 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
  • 4 1/2″ x 5 7/8″

Accent Fabrics

  • 4 1/2″ x 1 3/4″
  • 11 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
  • 4 1/2″ x 5 7/8″ X 2
  • 4″ x Width of Fabric

Fusible Fleece

  • 4″ x 9″
  • 10 3/4″ x 9″
  • 4 3/4″ x 4″
  • 4″ x 5 3/8″
Cut your fabrics

Step 2: Fuse the Fleece

From the 4 3/4″ x 4″ piece of fleece cut out the pattern piece. Fuse it to the outer piece that measures 4 1/2″ x 5 7/8″. Cut around the pattern piece leaving a 3/8″ seam allowance. Fuse the rest of the fleece to the corresponding outer pieces. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the fleece that you use.

Cut the bottom using the pattern pieces
Fuse the fleece. (I forgot to fuse the pocket fleece.)

Step 3: Quilt the Outer Pieces

Using a cross hatch pattern, stitch lines on the all of the outer pieces except the pockets piece that measures 4 1/2″ x 5 7/8″ about 1″ apart.

Quilt the outer pieces

Step 4: Create Pockets

Take the 4 1/2″ x 5 7/8″ and place each patterned piece right sides together with an accent piece. Stitch across the top using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Fold the piece right sides out and press. Topstitch along the seam.

Create the pockets
Finished pockets

Step 5: Add Accent Fabric

Place the accent fabric right sides together with the lining fabric and stitch along the top using a3/8″ seam allowance. Press the seams open.

Add Accent fabric

Step 6: Add the Pockets

Place the pocket pieces wrong sides together with the corresponding outer and lining piece that measure 4 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. Stitch along the sides and bottom using a 1/8″ seam allowance.

Add pockets

Step 7: Create the Outer and Lining Carrier Bags

Place the larger two outer pieces right sides together and stitch using a 3/8′ seam allowance. Stitch on both sides so that you create a lat sided tube.

Step 8: Add the Bottom of the Carrier Bags

Snip the seam allowance on the outer part of the vertical seams. Place the flat part of the bottom that you cut from the patten piece right sides together with the outer tube. Snip the rest of the seam allowance and place the rest of the bottom piece onto the tube. Stitch using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Turn right sides out. Repeat for the lining but leave an opening on one side for turning.

Add the bottom

Step 9: Create the Straps

Place the long edges of the strap piece into the center and press. Fold in half lengthwise and press to enclose the raw edges. Topstitch on both sides.

Step 10: Add the Straps

Place each end of the strap on either side of the outer carrier bag and stitch in place to secure.

Step 11: Join the outer and Lining carrier bags

Place the outer bag into the lining bag so that they are right sides together. Stitch all the way around the top. Stitch back and forth over the straps to make them more secure.

Step 12: Turn Carrier Bag Right Sides Out

Turn the bag right sides out through the opening in the lining. Close the opening using ladder stitch. Push the lining into the outer bag and press. Topstitch around the top and bottom o the accent fabric and you have finished your water bottle carrier bag.

Turn right sides out
Turned carrier
How to sew a bottle carrier bag

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  1. I am really interested in this water bottle carrying bag. But I have a large 64 ounce water bottle. Can this pattern be adjusted to fit a bottle that size

    1. I think it can be if you just make each piece proportionately larger by measuring the sides next to your bottle to determine the right size. I hope this make’s sense.

  2. I have been making a similar bag for quite sometime now. I add a box pleat to the bottom of the pocket and then elastic to the top. This allows for the larger phones. I also add “D” rings to the sides (to carry keys) and I make the straps adjustable. I insulate them with insul-brite. They are a very popular selling item

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