Water Bottle Cozies

By  Pam Olson 

size: to fit water bottle


  • Coordinating sport-weight cotton, 1 skein


  • Steel crochet hook, size 2.35mm
  • Water bottle
  • Shrunken wool from sweater
  • Elastic cord, 1/8”, 5/8 yd.
  • Locking clip for cord
  • No-fray solution
  • Sewing machine and matching thread


ch: chain
dc: double crochet
dec: decrease
sc: single crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
Sp(s): space(s)
St(s): stitch(es)
Rep: repeat
Rnd: round

  • Gauge
  • 1. Gauge is not important for this project.
  • What To Do
  • 1. Using bottle as a guide, draw circle, 1/2" larger than base. For sides, measure from base to shoulder of bottle, overlapping edges for side seam, using fabric itself, wrap it around bottle with bottom edge on table and cutting at shoulder of bottle. Pin overlap in place. Remove bottle.
  • 2. Machine sew zigzag stitch or two rows of straight stitches.
  • 3. Divide base of tube and circle into quarters. Match these points and ease circle into tube, aligning outside edges with right sides together. Using 3/8" seam to sew circle to base of tube. Turn right side out.
  • 4. Use zigzag or edge-finishing stitch of choice to stitch around top of tube without stretching fabric.
  • 5. For crochet band, crochet the following:
  • 6. Rnd 1: With yarn inside tube, draw a yarn loop through top of tube, just under stitching and complete a sc stitch. Rep around at evenly spaced intervals, 1/4" apart. (Note: An even or odd final number is not important.) Join last sc to first with sl st.
  • 7. Rnd 2: Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in each sc around, joining last sc to ch 1 with sl st.
  • 8. Rnd 3: Ch 3, *skip 1 sc, dc in next sc, ch 1*m rep from *to* around, ending with ch and sl st in top of ch 3. (Note: Pattern will work even if there is not a skipped sc space between ch 3 and last dc when there are an uneven number of stitches.)
  • 9. Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each dc and space around. Join with sl st to ch 1 and end off. Weave in ends.
  • 10. Using elastic cord, weave in and out of dc spaces. If there are an uneven number of stitches, begin and end in that space. Thread both ends of cord through locking clip. Quick Tip: For easier threading, use pliers to hold down clip mechanism. Knot cord ends together. Apply no-fray solution to ends.
  • 11. To use, stretch cozy over water bottle, draw up clip to just below threaded part of neck. Lock off.
  • Felting Step-by-Step
  • 1. Cut sleeves from sweater, and separate front from back.
  • 2. Machine wash pieces on hot cycle with soap. Rinse on cold cycle.
  • 3. Pieces with shrink. For denser felted wool, place in dryer.