Mar 13, 2012

Tutorial: Snap on bottle holder

I have a small collection of strollers (which I will be adding to if I can ever make up my mind what double stroller I want).  My favorite stroller is one I bought second hand before my son was born.  It is perfect for running errands around town, the only problem with it is that it doesn't have a cup holder for me. I solved that problem with this bottle holder that can snap on the handle.

It is the perfect size to hold a 16oz water bottle and also fits most of our sippy cups.  It works great on the stroller but could even snap on the strap of my diaper bag too.

Want your own bottle holder? Check out my tutorial below!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fabric for the lining and exterior
Batting, you can get an insulating material that is used for things like lunch boxes, it is in with the utility fabrics at the fabric store.  That will help keep you bottle cool, I just used some warm and natural quilt batting.
A small piece of iron on interfacing for the strap.
Some 1/4" elastic
A cord stopper
A snap

From your outer fabric cut:
one 9.5"x10" rectangle
one 3.5" circle
one 4"x10" rectangle
one 2.5"x9" rectangle

From your lining and your batting cut:
one 9.5"x10" rectangle
one 3.5" circle

and cut one 2.5"x9" rectangle from your interfacing

If you need tips on how to make a circle template, check out my tutorial here.

Iron your interfacing to your 2.5"x9" outer fabric

Fold the strip in half and sew along two sides leaving one end open.

Turn the strip right side out and top stitch. Then set it aside for later.


Take your 4"x10" rectangle.  I serged the ends of mine, you can serge or finish them with a zig zag stitch if you want.  They will be on the inside of the casing so you can skip that step if you want.

Fold the rectangle in half and sew the ends with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Start at the raw edge and stop sewing 1/2" from the fold, this will leave a small opening at the top.

Turn right side out and top stitch 1/2" from the fold, this will create the casing for the elastic at the top. Set this piece aside with the strap you just made.

Baste your batting pieces to the wrong side of your outer rectangle and circle. I used a basting spray.


Fold your rectangle in half, lining up the 9.5" sides, right sides together, and sew the 9.5" sides together with 1/2" seam allowance to form a tube. Press your seam open.

Pin your circle to one end of the tube and sew it in place.

Trim off the seam allowance close to the seam.

Fold your lining in half, lining up the 9.5" sides and sew it together.  Leave a hole in the middle about 2-3", this is where you will turn it right side out once you get everything together.

Press your seam open. Sew the circle piece to one end.

Next take the strap you finished and set aside earlier.  Pin the raw edge to the outside of the bottle holder on top of the seam and stitch it in place with a basting stitch.

Next take the other piece you had set aside and line up the raw edge with the raw edge of the bottle holder. It should fit all the way around, I put the opening to the side of the seam on the bottle holder.  Pin it in place and then stitch it in place with a basting stitch.

Turn your lining right side out and tuck it inside your outer piece.

Pin the raw edges together

Sew along the edge with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Turn everything right side out through the hole in the lining.

Sew the hole in the lining closed.  

Tuck the lining down inside the bottle holder.  Top stitch around the top.  Then fold your strap down and add you snap to create a loop.

Thread your elastic through the casing in the top.  put both ends of elastic through the cord stopper and secure it with a knot.

All done.  Now fill it with your bottle and snap it on your stroller or diaper bag!


  1. Gostei muito do seu tutorial, parabéns. Eu também gosto de costurar e minha mãe viu seu blog e me pediu para eu costurar pra ela. Beijos, Claudia.

  2. great idea - why not make some for the elderly for their walkers/scooters etc - would be perfect

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  4. Love the water bottle holder.Need one for my walker. A must do.

  5. Gracias por el tutorial, muy practico

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