I needed a way to carry my water bottle when out in field or forest. I came up with this inexpensive easy DIY natural jute sling holder that took less than a hour to make. I already had knowledge of basic macrame knots, if you do not know these it will take a while longer.
What you will need:
- jute, para cord or similar
- beads if you want to add them
- water bottle for sizing
Cutting the jute. You will need to cut 8 pieces of jute that are 15 times longer than your bottle height. It can be approximate. Place two strands together so you have four groups. Use a twist tie or rubber band to gather the ends up to prevent tangles. Lay the jute out like the picture below. The first knot will be a lanyard knot and will form the bottom where the bottle sits.
Use the bottom of the bottle for a guide to determine the distance to leave between the lanyard knot and the first square knots.
Using your bottle as a guide continue making alternating knots around the bottle. I held the bottle upside down between my knees with the project on it so that the spacing would be right.
Finish it off by gathering the strings together in two groups and knot them together to form the strap. I used the noose knot. Use your body as a guide for the correct spacing on the sling before placing the final knot. Trim.
“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
— Karle Wilson Baker