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Glass drinking bottles are healthy and sustainable. Not only are they BPA-free, they are also tasteless and odorless. Of course they are a bit heavier than plastic bottles and also fragile.
With a self-sewn pocket coat, a glass bottle is better protected, isolates heat or cold and also looks good.
You can use any glass bottle with a straight wall. Empty juice bottles are often too good to throw away. But it is even better to buy borosilicate glass bottles with wide openings. These bottles have a high temperature range and can withstand the freezer as well as the hot tea infusion. They are even available with an integrated tea strainer.
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- Empty glass bottle or drinking bottle made of borosilicate glass
- Felt , cork , synthetic leather or solid thicker fabrics according to the bottle size
- color-matching sewing thread
- Wonder clips
- optional: woven ribbon as a sew-on
- optional: label to sew on
- optional: remaining piece of cork
First you determine the desired height and volume of the bottle. My bottle has a circumference of 21 cm and a height of 19 cm. You need a seam allowance of 1 cm on the top edge and on the long sides and only 0.5 cm on the bottom where the bottle base is sewn on. In the case of thick, non-fraying material, such as felt, there is no seam allowance at the top.
The diameter of the base plate can be measured and drawn with a compass or simply determined with the circles in the pattern. Seam allowance is 0.5 cm for thin fabrics, but less for thick fabrics such as felt, since the material is applied. For the base plate of my example with a diameter of 6.5 cm you need a circle of 7.5 cm for thin fabrics and 7 cm for thick fabrics. Better to cut it a little too big and reduce it if necessary.
Felt, cork and other fabrics are also beautiful pure. But your bottle becomes more individual with a decoration. Plotting or embroidering is great, but if you don’t have any of these machines, you can try macaro sewing, either on your own or using one of the templates.
There are 2 versions of how you can sew the cover together. Version 1 is more suitable for thinner materials, version 2 for thicker materials such as felt. Felts up to 3 mm are easy to turn, with 3 mm it becomes difficult and is only suitable for covers with a larger diameter.
Version 1 – For thinner material:
Cut the side wall and the base plate using the determined pattern. Optionally, you can prepare a label and a sew-in piece from a piece of woven ribbon.
Any decorations such as plots, embroidery or patches must be applied first. Fold the top edge 1 cm left to left and sew it tight.
Before you close the page, it makes sense to check the seam allowance again. The thicker the material, the shorter the seam allowance. The sleeve should sit tight on the bottle, but not too tight. The envelope at the top and the seam are a little bulky too!
Draw the seam on the left side of the fabric, lay the sides on the right and right and place the sewn in between the seam and the side approx. 3 com from the top edge. Sew very well above all.
Now fix the base plate with Wonder Clips and sew in the base. If possible with your sewing machine, with the left needle position. Remember that we only have 0.5 cm seam allowance here! Unfold the side seam when sewing in.
At the upper end, the side seams can also be fixed with a small sewn square. To even out the seam on the base plate, a small circle of felt can be inserted inside. This also protects the glass bottle from below and it is better because there is no cavity.
Version 2 – for thicker material:
Cut the cover and the base plate using the determined pattern. Decorate the cover on request.
Optionally prepare a remaining piece of cork for a loop with approx. 4 x 12 cm. Fold one long side to the middle and sew it tightly.
With thicker material, it is hardly possible with household sewing machines to sew in the floor after closing the side seams. Therefore, the floor must be sewn on beforehand. However, 2 cm must be left to close the side seam.
Sew with the left needle position along the bottom edge and always place the circle on the edge after two or three stitches. Attention, sew with a little seam allowance!
Now you can close the side seam. Sew well at the top. If possible, iron the seam apart and then sew the last piece of the bottom plate. Make sure that the side seams are folded apart.
Now you can turn the cover. Sometimes it’s not that easy with thicker materials. Sometimes some steam from the iron helps. Work out the seams on the base plate well and iron them. Here too, as with version 1, a small circle of felt can be inserted between the seams to compensate for the height.
Finally, you sew on the loop. Use Wondertape to glue the prepared cork strips on the open side seam once on the outside and on the inside and sew them together with a small square.
If you like, you can also sew webbing loops on the case and attach a shoulder strap to it.