If you often find yourself the go-to guy or girl assigned to pick up drinks for someone in your office, forget those flimsy disposable carriers and try making a reusable one.
We ran across this uncredited photo over at Picdump (if you know who it belongs to please let us know!), and think it makes for a great starting point to make a drink carrier. Although it might seem like a trivial object for some, for others it's a daily necessity. If that's not your thing, it could always be used to give mugs or hot cocoa for others around the holidays or made to take a few drinks with you on a picnic.
The look above has a built-in napkin holder (which is just a few simple slits) and space for two drinks. It has large sturdy handholds and appears to be made from plastic. We're thinking a version made from thicker felt would do nicely (the stuff you buy from the bolt, not pre-cut in the aisles), say an 18" square piece of 5mm felt from FilzFelt ($24.50) in a dark color to hide stains or spills? That would do quite nicely.
All that would be required is a few of your favorite beverage cups and measuring around the top of each to determine their size. We suggest measuring 1" from the top to ensure your lids won't go popping off during transport due to the pressure the carrier itself will apply when the cup is placed in the hole. Aside from measuring all you'd have to do is cut and go! No sewing at all.
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(Image: Acid Cow via Unknown, FilzFelt)