This was my first Challenge entry, and my goodness was it ever a challenge! I knew I wanted to make a lunch tote to bring to work (but also one that wasn't obviously a lunch bag). After deliberating a little I decided to use Capri Sun pouches. I know, I know, bags made of juice boxes or capri sun pouches have been popping up all over the place. But I put a little twist on mine that I hope you agree makes it unique.
An over-exposed pic of the completed bag. The reflective plastic made it hard to photograph, but as a lunch tote it will make cleaning up spills really easy From the supermarket:
2 - 10pk Capri Sun Roarin' Waters (one side has a design, and one side is clear) - $2.69 each
1 package of Post-its - $2.79
1 candy necklace (my food item) - $0.99
Total: $9.67My supplies:
Reversible zipper (from a project I haven't worked on in a really long time...)
4 D-rings (also from a project I haven't worked on in a long time...)
Goo-gone (for the stickyness left behind by the straws)
Nail polish remover (for the expiration date printed on the clear side)
LOTS of tape (in place of pins)
First I cut the bottoms of all the pouches and emptied them into a pitcher. (Yes, the juice is clear...kinda weird to see clear and taste grape). Then I rinsed them out and cut the bottoms off. After they dried I put a purple post-it inside each pouch.
Then I sewed them together to form each side, the bottom, and part of the side.
I took the bottoms that I had cut off before and sewed them together and then sewed them to each side of the zipper.
Then sewed the zipper to the bottom and sides and finally to the front and back
Inside the completed bag. I had originally intended for the bag to be reversible, and for all intents and purposes it could be, but the "fabric" of the bag is just too stiff and it won't cooperate enough to turn inside out
I made a zipper charm out of the candy necklace string and a few candy beads
I sewed handles for the bag out of some leftover pouches. After all was said and done there were only a few scraps leftover from the 20 pouches I started with - not too bad I'd say
. The finished bag is a little taller than a regular drinking glass, about 8 in. tall, 11.5 in. wide and 3 in. deep.
Closeup of the side
I used this website
as a starting point for my project. I'm really happy with how it came out and strangely enough, after it was done I got a purple water bottle as a gift that matches