Thursday, December 16, 2010

Full custom neoprene jacket for glass water bottle

On vacation with some time on my hands, and figured what better time to construct a protective jacket for the perfect water bottle (see my post earlier on the bottle). Pictured here is the result of a sheet of neoprene laminated with a cloth-like layer, 8 coat hooks, 2 yards of 1mm yellow line and a few hours sewing sprinkled with the occasional curse.

The intent is that the neoprene jacket will cushion the bottle if it falls on a hard surface so that it hopefully won't break. The important areas protected are the corners because they are what is likely to hit a hard surface if the bottle falls on the ground.

The reason for the separate pieces and line connecting is so that it is easy to remove and clean, and also so that you can see the contents of the bottle.

Update: As an alternative, I also tried a rough cut at a version using eyelets instead of stitching. In the image below, I haven't glued the sides or anything, so it appears a bit flappy. I like having a lower-profile to the protective case, but th eyelets pop out too easily. Also, not sure how the glue will work to glue the edges of each piece together...

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