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Topic: Capri Sun/Kool Aid Jammer Bags (now with mini-tute!)  (Read 31686 times)
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« on: July 07, 2008 11:10:15 AM »

so i went to a sewing camp five years ago (i think) and another girl taught me (briefly) how to make these bags. so i went home and began eagerly saving pouches (no help from my brother, who for once in his life threw his trash away!) to make a bag. after a few months, 35 pouches, much wasted thread and a couple broken needles, i finally had my bag!



then i heard about a contest at my dad's take your kid to work day where you had to make something useful out of recycled materials. i was like "cool, im done already" until i saw that there were size restrictions, at which point i said "aw, crap, now i have to make another one." but all was well, i don't think i broke any needles on this one. 23 pouches this time, and kool aid jammer ones. well, i ended up winning the contest! granted, i was the only entrant in my age category, but i don't particulary care.



well, the judge put a nifty little note in above bag, asking would i please make her one. some communication, she wanted pink, which frankly doesn't exist, so red it is. i finished it and then... she dropped off the face of the earth. so i still have it. this was also the point at which i realized "hmm, i bet i can cut those wrappers and not have wide annoying handles, but instead have cool skinny ones." so i did. and i like it.



and my i just mention that these are freakishly strong? seriously. i use mine when i go to the library, which means, if you know me, that they have to be strong. i rather like books, but have an aversion to the skinny kind. if anything does break its just the thread so i sew it again and all is well.

and no, they don't still have juice in them. i have a magically secret way to wash them that doesn't damage the wrappers which ive never seen before. they do kind of smell like juice though.

i made a monstrously huge one that i donated to a silent auction, but the pics are mia for now.

thanks for looking, comments always welcome.
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EDIT: mini washing+sewing tute
i cut holes in the bottom of mine and rinse them out, then leave them standing open in a dishrack to dry. then when i sew them together, no visible hole! ive even been know to just dunk them in a sink full of water. mine don't get wrinkly. some people cut slits in the back, but then you can see them (unless you line the bag, which i don't) and i don't know how well they'd dry.

as for the sewing, i use invisible nylon-ish thread that is for machine quilting. i slightly overlap the pouches for each panel and zigzag stitch them together, making sure to back tack because otherwise they'll come apart. then when i have all the panels i do a straight stitch to put them together with the seam on the outside. (see pic) BEWARE: THIS IS WHERE I HAVE BROKEN NEEDLES. i still have yet to find a perfect order to attatch all the panels together, but just don't try to sew too close to the corners at the bottom, or YOU WILL BREAK A NEEDLE! the bottom (which i forgot to show, sorry) is made out of three pouches that i kind of folded/overlapped so they look kind of like squares. i folded the extra length into the inside but didn't cut it off because it makes the bottom stronger. i just folded pouches to make them narrower on the first two for handeles, but then on the third one i actually cut them in half and then folded to make skinny handles. regular scissors.

hope this helps. id love to see any of your creations, especially if they're really different. not much of a mini-tute, maybe i'll add in process pics eventually.

please don't sell bags made this way (zig-zag stitch and invisible thread) as i have never seen it done this way and i would like to sell them myself. please.

happy crafting Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 11:22:26 AM »

great job! they look amazing! super cute! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 11:24:21 AM »

Good work on the bags!  I made and sold a bunch of those a couple of years ago.  They do make pink bags, but they come in the curvy bags, not the straight-sided ones.  My favorites are the Minute Maid Pink Lemonade bags.  They're beautiful!  It's a little trickier sewing the curvy bags together, but it can certainly be done.  You just line up the smallest part of the curves together, making sure they overlap, and the rest extends a little.  They still look great and come in better colors.  Check out some other brands and see what you can find.  I've also combined these juice bags with denim and regular fabric to make stronger bags.  I did kind of a Jordy bag, using the juice pouches as the top half of the bag "fabric" and old jean parts as the bottom.  I lined them with cotton fabric and added pockets inside.  They were really strong!  
Again, great work and shame on that lady for ordering a bag and never paying for it.   Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008 11:27:53 AM »

I love your bags. Love the story that goes along with them too.  I have been wanting to make these too for my girls. 

I think I will go out and get some capri suns today!  You have motivated me.

Hey, if you want to give up your secret for cleaing them I won't tell a soul! LOL
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008 11:29:10 AM »

haha yeah, i would love to know the secret too?
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lovelovelove those bags, they seem so fun!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008 11:29:37 AM »

These are some seriously cool recycling...! They look really great.
Do you know of any good tutorials floating round the internet or - dare I ask - would you write one? I might even take up drinking juice (or at least fruit-flavoured liquid) out of plastic bags  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008 11:41:32 AM »

I love your bags. Love the story that goes along with them too.  I have been wanting to make these too for my girls. 

I think I will go out and get some capri suns today!  You have motivated me.

Hey, if you want to give up your secret for cleaing them I won't tell a soul! LOL
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your bags look great! i only ever made smaller ones, but yours look really nice with the layers of juice pouches.

im not sure how she cleaned hers but i used to cut open the bottom and wipe them out with wet paper towels and let them dry. i found that when i put water in them directly, they got kinda wrinkly.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008 12:17:11 PM »

Do you know of any good tutorials floating round the internet or - dare I ask - would you write one?

mini tute added. just search google if you need more help. there are loads of tutorials out there.

thanks for all the positive feedback! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008 12:37:16 PM »

I love these bags!  I've been making them a while too... I alternate between sewing them and just using clear packing tape to tape them together, depending on how much time and patience I have. 

Here's the one I use the most.  It's my library bag too!



I used some reconned denim for the handle and a leg from my jeans for the bottom.  It's stronger than I thought it would be Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008 12:42:12 PM »

Those are really cute!
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2008 01:12:28 PM »

Here's the one I use the most.  It's my library bag too!

I used some reconned denim for the handle and a leg from my jeans for the bottom.  It's stronger than I thought it would be Smiley

yeah. i love the library. with a passion.

thats nifty... i might make one with ribbon in between all the pouches... especially see-through kind.

denim... i like denim. i made a bag for my tent out of denim for when i have to go find lost people. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2008 01:16:27 PM »

my son said that a little girl in his class had a bag similar to this for her lunch bag..

He said it was the coolest thing..

you did a great job..great recycling..and did you have to drink all of those drinks..

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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2008 01:19:27 PM »

This is the most exciting thing I discovered all day. My 23 yr old boyfriend loves Capri Sun. (boys will be boys  Roll Eyes And it drives me like up a wall, that they usually don't end up in the garbage... if you get my drift. So I end up picking these up all time.  Undecided SO now.... I'll just get a collection going to make these bags! AWESOME!!!!! And even if this me collecting Capri Sun Bags works like reverse psychology (as in the actually make it in the garbage can) I win either way. Sweet!
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2008 01:27:23 PM »

These are gorgeous, especially the last one, red/black (gray)?.  I'm sure you could sell them with no problem, but be aware this is not a new concept.  I've seen many website where people sell them, and I've seen them in local craft fairs.

One lady I met several years ago had a large box placed in the elementary school's cafeteria and the students put their pouches in there for her.  She washed with dishwashing soap and water to get rid of the juice.  That is how I did mine, too.  Trust me, even a hint of that corn syrup will attract ants.  Ask me how I know!  LOL.

Best wishes for your sales.  Instead of clear thread, you may want to try using a neutral (gray) heavy duty thread.  It is strong and will blend in with the silver edges of the pouches.
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2008 05:16:22 PM »

..and did you have to drink all of those drinks..



yep. with help from my family and friends. definately an interesting conversations starter. "hi there. can i have your empty juice wrapper?" followed by "who the hell are you?" can actually be quite funny.

And even if this me collecting Capri Sun Bags works like reverse psychology (as in the actually make it in the garbage can) I win either way. Sweet!

my brother did that. would have been easier to put it back in the lunch bag instead of in the trash, but no! i swear that boys like to disagree because they can.

One lady I met several years ago had a large box placed in the elementary school's cafeteria and the students put their pouches in there for her. 

i want to do that at my old school. it takes so dang long to collect enough that match!

thanks to all for the lovely comments!
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2008 06:01:33 PM »

ohhhh, shiny!
oooonnnnn, sewing camp!!! That's my idea of camping.
Your projects are lovely. The red one is quite pretty. Not nice of that lady to disappear....

I agree with not using the invisible thread, matching or same shade gray is better, stronger. Nylon thread isn't really UV stable.Good luck with your sales. You'll need contributors if you're going to sell the bags. Since it sounds like you are <18 ask your folks to place an ad on freecycle for you.

And you are so very right about boys/brothers.
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2008 08:30:51 PM »

I am seriously considering collecting juice bags now...which is hard because I don't drink those juices. This is too cool!
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2008 10:16:46 PM »

I'm going to start to make me some of these bags for grocery shopping. Test out the strength
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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2008 06:01:53 AM »

I've seen these bags before but yours are by far the cutest! And I'm sure you could sell them!  Grin


I want to try to make these, too, now. I wonder if I could get my boyfriend hooked on kool-aid or capri-sun... I dunno he's 35...

Also- how do you wash these out? do you cut out the bottoms? did I miss something?

And I love the clear-backed kool-aid jammers. I wonder if you could do something with that... sew fake flowers or pretty paper or pictures inside? I dunno!
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soo cute.. help the environment too!
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Those are so cool! I don't drink CapriSun, we usually buy juice in boxes... but hey, it's never too late to start!
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« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2008 09:06:15 AM »

These are very well made! You've really upcycled these juice packs! Great way to craft something useful out of something that would've ended up in a landfill somewhere.  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2008 09:19:10 AM »

riverwatson - I don't usually drink this stuff either. Pepsi-holic here. I didn't know about the clear packs. Gonna check these out next trip.
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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2008 09:39:08 AM »

I love making things out of capri sun pouches.  So far I've made a small bag, many wallets, and a messenger bag.  I love all the different colors that your's are.  It was funny because I just got back from a camp where the lunches are donated, and pretty much every lunch has capri sun in it.  I think I got a little more than a hundred pouches with the hole in the bottom, and brought about 80 home.  Good luck on the rest of your bags, the look great!
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2008 10:16:04 AM »

I like the pink one best. Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2008 11:56:18 AM »

Also- how do you wash these out? do you cut out the bottoms? did I miss something?

And I love the clear-backed kool-aid jammers. I wonder if you could do something with that... sew fake flowers or pretty paper or pictures inside? I dunno!

i cut holes in the bottom of mine, and then they don't show when i sew them. and u could definately put flowers or papers in the kool aid jammers. i hadn't thought of that, so i just have riddles on the inside of mine!

thanks to all for the nice comments! i've overcome my posting fear! i'm so happy i could inspire other crafters!
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« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2008 07:32:30 PM »

Dont you just love CapriSun? I make caprisun bags with duct tape on the backs to hold them together. It also serves as a pretty colored lining. I'm just starting to sell mine. Smiley
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