I recently received a package of yarns from Red Heart, to review, and try out for new designs...I was understandably excited when I opened the package~Who wouldn't be? Well, tucked in with all these yummy yarns was this flat package of fabric...What on EARTH is this for?? It feels nice~light and airy...kind of a sheer, gauzy fabric, with little oval shaped holes along the top edge, and a scalloped edge on the bottom. Well~I was at a loss at that moment, so I set it aside, and went back to drooling over the yarn.
BUT...my creative mind will not leave me alone sometimes, and I kept coming back to this fabric, trying to come up with a good use for it. Of course, there IS a pattern on the label~it's a knit project, which I do not do...It's also for one of those ruffly scarves, which I am not a fan of. (I know~that is almost blasphemous in our world, but I just don't care for a long ruffle around my neck!)
Once again, my darling daughters provided me with a solution. They are constantly complaining about having to carry their water/juice bottles around, their beverage of choice being those wide Powerade bottles. Soooo...I decided to make them each an oversized beverage sling, and use the Sassy Fabric in them! The first one turned out AWESOME, and I am looking forward to finishing up the second, before we hit the State Park again, for a little nature hike. There is enough of this fabric in one bundle, to make several of these!
Want to make your own? Well~here is what you'll need:
Fun & Flirty Oversized Beverage Sling
1 skein Sassy Fabric
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver
Size J/10 (6.00mm) crochet hook
Rnd 1: ch 2. Work 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 1. Work 2 sc in each st around. Join. (20 sts)
Rnd 3: ch 1. *Sc in next st, work 2 sc in next st*. Repeat (*) around. Join. (30 sts)
Rnd 4: ch 1. *Sc in each of the next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st*. Repeat (*) around. Join. (40 sts)
Rnds 5-6: ch 1. Hdc in each st around. Join. (40 sts)
Rnd 7: ch 1. *Hdc in next st. Ch 1, skip next st*. Repeat (*) around. Join. (40 sts)
Rnd 8: ch 1. Now you will use the Sassy Fabric~*Insert hook in next st on bag, with the Super Saver yarn still on your hook. Join fabric, by inserting your hook through the back side of the first hole, with right side facing you. Yarn over, with the Super Saver, and finish a sc st on the bag. Insert hook in next ch 1 space, and in next hole on Sassy Fabric. Work a sc st in ch 1 space*. Repeat(*) around. Join. Cut your Sassy Fabric, and continue on with the Super Saver.
Rnd 9: ch 1. *Hdc in next st. Ch 1, skip next st*. Repeat (*) around. Join. (40 sts)
Rnds 10-13: *Ch 1. Skip next st. Hdc in next ch 1 space*. Repeat (*) around. Join. (40 sts)
Rnd 14: Repeat rnd 8.
Rnds 15-19: Repeat rnds 9-13.
Rnd 20: Repeat rnd 8.
Rnd 21: ch 1. Hdc in each st and ch 1 space around. Join. (40 sts)
Rnd 22: ch 1. *Hdc in each of the next 3 sts. Hdc2tog*. Repeat (*) around. Join.
Rnd 23: ch 1. *Hdc in each of the next 2 sts. Hdc2tog*. Repeat (*) around. Join.
DO NOT FASTEN OFF~Go directly to strap.
Strap: Row 1: ch 80. Fold bag in half, and sl st in st directly across from starting ch. Ch 1, TURN.
Row 2: Sc in each ch back to starting ch. Sl st in each of the next 2 sts on bag. Ch 1, TURN.
Row 3: *Hdc in next st. Ch 1, skip next st*. Repeat (*) across. Sl st in each of the next 2 sts on bag. Ch 1, TURN.
Row 4: Sc in each st and ch 1 space across. Sl st in next st on bag. Fasten off. Weave in ends