When I first saw these awesome little hand sanitizer holders I went nuts. Of course I had to have one and it just happened to be close to Christmas so I ended up getting mine for free when I bought 'x' number of hand sanitizers.
These things are really convenient; you don't have to dig around in your purse, the kids don't have to come home upset because their sanitizer burst open inside their backpack ruining the hand-print turkey they made you for Thanksgiving. I'm sorry, I digress. Let me get to the point which I've already said: convenience! We love that little noun!
Well needless to say after much abuse my holder finally got so stretched and torn I had to toss it in the trash. Such is the case with a lot of convenient things. So guess what? I decided to make my own. Sure there are others out there making and selling crochet hand sanitizer holders on eBay and Etsy, but they lacked something. All the ones I managed to find were just tube-sock like products that could easily lose my hand sanitizer. The sewn ones were a bit better but I don't personally have a sewing machine and I hate sewing by hand unless it's something small . . . . like "a button" small. So I made my own holder and I really fell in love all over again.
Notice my holder has a top to it. I wanted a top so my bottle wouldn't end up flying out one day as I was sprinting through the rain into Walmart. (yea right, ask anyone who knows me how much sprinting I do *eyeroll*). ANYWAY I felt it was important for it to have a top. That cute little daisy you see there is actually a button that holds the top closed. Now I'm not one that has to show the world what I buy and where it came from and all that jazz so it didn't matter one single bit to me that the brand name and scent of the sanitizer ended up being covered. I mean really, if I can't remember which one I have on my purse I will just open the end and smell it. How hard is that? And if someone wants to bum a squirt, well you know that old saying: Beggers can't be choosers.
I'm not finished by any means so don't get ready to go just yet. Did you notice that there is no handle in this picture? There is a reason for it. I think when you are the creator you can make anything your heart desires. So mine's a backpack. I heard those eyebrows shoot up a notch. My hand sanitizer holder looks like a backpack. How adorable is that?! So what if it has two buttons. I made this for me and I don't switch out sanitizers every day of the week, I use one until it's completely empty. And I don't swap out purses to match my outfits either. I don't have room to store a boat-load of pocketbooks (all that storage space is taken up by yarn anyway).
- small amount of cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar'n Cream Lime Stripes)
- size H crochet hook
- 2 small buttons
- sewing needle
- embroidery needle for weaving in the ends
- 1 fl oz bottle of hand sanitizer