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Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder

Posted on July 28, 2007


I just recently completed this water bottle carrier or holder. It’s another item off my to-do list. This carrier holds a 1 liter bottle of water. I crocheted a wider and longer strap so this may be worn as a sling bag over your shoulder and across your body. The strap is 40 inches long so you have a nice comfortable length to carry this bottle. I found this worked well as this 1 liter bottle is a bit heavy when full. Also because the bag is crocheted using recycled plastic bags, you don’t have to worry about it getting wet from the condensation from the cold bottle. Don’t know how to make plastic bag yarn? — here is the tutorial link.

Here is the free pattern that I share with all my readers. Take care and blessings to all.

Free Water Bottle Holder Pattern

Material: Plastic bags cut into 1 inch strips – 1 Ball of plarn

Metal N (9 mm) crochet hook

Water Bottle Holder Size:
Bag – 5-1/2 inches wide, 7-3/4 inches long, with 4-1/2 inches round bottom
Strap – 40 inches long & 2 inches wide

With plastic bag yarn, Ch 4, Sl St to join in first st of chain to form ring.

Round 1
Ch 2 (counts as first Hdc), work 9 Hdc in ring (10 Hdc), join with Sl St at top of Ch 2.

Round 2
Ch 2, work Hdc in same stitch, then work 2 Hdc in each st, join with Sl St at top of Ch 2. (20)

Round 3
Ch 2, Hdc in same st, *Hdc in next st, 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * to end, join with Sl St at top of Ch 2. (30)

Round 4
Ch 2, work Hdc in same st, work 1 Hdc in next 2 sts, *2 Hdc in next st, Hdc in next 2 sts*. Repeat between * to end, join with Sl St at top of Ch 2. (40)

Round 5
Ch 4, *Sk next st, Tr in next st*, repeat between * to end, join with Sl St at top of Ch 4.

Round 6
Ch 4, work a Tr around the complete st between ea Tr of last rnd. (Insert hook from front to back around complete chain in sp between Tr’s). Join with Sl St at top of Ch 4.

Tip: Check the fit for your water bottle. Adjust your sts as needed, tighter or looser as needed to get the fit you need.

Round 7 – 11
(For 7 inch tall holder, stop at round 10 and then start the strap)
Ch 4, Tr in ea sp between Tr’s. Join with a Sl St to top of ch 4.

Row 12 – Strap
Ch 2, Hdc in same st. Hdc in next sp, Hdc in next Tr st, Hdc in next space, and then Hdc in next Tr st. Turn.

Row 13 – 75
Ch 2 (counts as 1st Hdc), Hdc in ea st, turn. (6 sts in strap)
Repeat to 75 rows or to desired length of strap.
Attach to opposite side with a Sl St to match other side. Work Sc from backside across sts to attach strap to holder matching opposite side. FO and weave in end to secure strap to bag.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
FO – Fasten Off
Inc – Increase
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007-2016

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30 Responses to “Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder”

  1. Heather L.
    Jul 29, 2007

    This is an awesome project!!! Thanks for the pattern!

  2. Rachel
    Jul 30, 2007

    Thank you so much for sharing all your pics and patterns with all of us.
    You do great work and I really enjoyed your web pages. Thank you and God bless.

  3. HowToMe
    Jul 31, 2007

    Wow! That’s great!

  4. This is WAY too cool! Now I really, really wanna learn how to crochet! I have a rug book, and one of the rugs is crocheted (is that a word?) from plastic bags! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  5. Shelly
    Aug 03, 2007

    I have been making plastic yarn for awhile now, but haven’t found a pattern to try it out one. I like this one because I love walking with my water bottles.

    Once I’ve made it I’ll post a photo on my blog and be sure to credit you for the pattern.

  6. Jodie
    Aug 04, 2007

    Well done!! I love this idea and will definately add it to my to-do list. Your creativity amazes me everytime.

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  11. Kerstin A. Moranec
    Oct 17, 2007

    Hah! That’s great. I have a feeling those are Kroger/Kessel bags! Those are the same color bags our stores have. Awesome.

  12. Cindy
    Oct 17, 2007

    Actually these brown bags are from my local Safeway store. I get many of these bags from friends and the recycling bin at Safeway to make my wicker-look projects.

  13. Svetlana
    Mar 09, 2008

    Isn’t it strange to make a recycled waterbottle holder from plastic bags? I mean, you advertise all of this recycled stuff, but water bottles are pretty terrible for this planet.

  14. Cindy
    Mar 09, 2008

    @ Svetlana,
    Water bottles are reusable and we use our water bottles over and over again. We rarely buy bottled water. We have wonderful well water and just refill our bottles at home. Yes, water bottles can be bad for our planet but you can reuse them or recycle them. It is my intent to help people make useful items from trash and I think it this water bottle holder can still promote my theme. Thank you for your comments and I hope this explains why I made this product.

  15. Svetlana
    Mar 09, 2008

    the waterbottle in your photo is not meant to be reused, the plastic breaks down very easily and you end up drinking the particles. Although the bottles are made from very valuable PET that can be easily recycled, only bottles form the same company can be recycled together since the PET formulas differ from one manifacturer to another. Nobody separates the bottles into different companies for recycling. There was a method developed to recycle different PET plastics together, but the plant closed after a short time and noone uses this method. The bottles are currently downcycled, into speed bumps and park benches, and the products they are made into are simply discarded after use. Anyway, I think I’ve been studying too much, sorry… you really should invest in a bottle that is meant to be reused though.

  16. Cindy
    Mar 09, 2008

    The water bottle in the picture was given to me at a training class and I used it as a prop in my photo. Yes this one is lightweight and we have since recycled it. We do reuse the heavy plastic bottles for water. They are marked pete 1. Are those okay to reuse over and over? Also we have several Nalgene bottles we use. You sound like you know way more about this than I do so I hope you can advise me and our readers here. Thanks so much for comments.

  17. Dianne
    May 30, 2008

    How many plastic bags does it take to make the ball of plarn? Did I miss that somewhere in the directions? I’m eager to get started on this project…thanks!

  18. Cindy
    May 30, 2008


    It really depends on the bags you use, the width you cut them and what
    project you are doing. For this water bottle project, you don’t need too
    many bags. Probably between 14-20. Sorry to be vague but it all

    Best of luck. Happy green crafting to you.


  19. Lea
    Jun 08, 2008

    I’ve crocheted several holders using this pattern. Wonderful craft idea. I am searching for a variety of patterns for this project. thanks, Lea

  20. genia
    May 08, 2009

    Hi cindy, I am looking to do a recycling project with my junior girlscouts. I was thinking more along the lines of braided bags. Got any suggestions and or patterns? Appreciate it.

  21. Cindy
    May 09, 2009

    Here is an easy project that doesn’t involve crocheting. It’s making a holder to store plastic bags so they can be reused. Here is the link to the tutorial. I don’t have a braided bag but you could have the girls make a rope by making plarn and then braiding three strands together. I’m sure the rope would be useful for camping etc. Good luck.

  22. Eva
    May 20, 2009

    I love your website! I think you have some really great things on it. I just learned how to make plarn and you’ve made some great uses for it! This water bottle holder will be wonderful for hikes and stuff like that. I’ve been looking for a water bottle holder that I like for forever(at least 2 years) and here is one that I love and I know how to do. Thanks so much for your patterns! How do you get all the plastic bags though? We really don’t ever get that many bags in our house and when we do have some bags, they’re used up quickly.

  23. Cindy
    May 21, 2009

    I have co-workers, friends and family who save plastic bags for me. I also am known for “steal” bags from the recycle bin at my local grocery store. I even have people who mail me bags that want to help in my effort to recycle as many plastic bags as possible. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your projects.

  24. Eva
    May 21, 2009

    Thanks a lot. I’ll ask my neighbors for their plastic bags. You are really helping to save the world with all your recycled projects. I really appreciate what you do! These projects are really cool!

  25. Sandra
    Dec 29, 2009

    HI, I have recently started using Plarn and I love it. I work part time in the kitchen of a local hospital and the girls there save the bread bags for me and other types of bags. I have made a small purse, coasters, can cozys and an angel centerpiece. I have just stumbled on the Tarn tutorial and I will probably try it next. Thanks for this site. I will be back.

  26. Gayatri
    Mar 25, 2010

    This is a good holder for even a light weight metal bottle like the sigg or klean kanteen. I have made one for my daughter to take her water bottle to school. Great idea.

  27. Clclancy
    May 08, 2011

    Thanks for the great pattern. I am using parts of it for a ratio/proportion lesson in my 6th grade math class. Thanks for sharing….It is easy for my students to read and understand.

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  29. Tammy
    Aug 08, 2015

    I love 2 do all these projects with plastic bags, I wish I can crochet ,them but do not know how 2 do one, yet

  30. Teq
    Jun 07, 2018

    I bought one of these from a thrift store and it lasted me a couple of years. I was always using it and then it started to fray. Had to throw it away a few weeks ago. Best $.99 I spent. Now I’m looking for a couple of them to buy. Can’t knit or crochet to save my life. Would recommend these to anyone.


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