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1  Juice bag Lunch Sack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amarchan on: August 20, 2009 05:13:13 PM
Totally addicted to making things out of these juice bags! This is my sons lunch bag for Jr. High. I was worried that he might be embarrassed about it being "home made". (It is Jr. High!) But several of his friends saw it today and asked if I'd make them one too. It sort of folds in "paper bag style" on the sides and has a flap at the top. It is big but did I mention that he is a jr. high boy? He eats a ton! The bag is 16 juice bags, left over  1 inch single fold bias tape sew back to back and some orange sort of trim. Most of it I picked up on at Goodwill or on clearance, you know when they get rid of the odd colors. Orange and lime green are his favorite colors.

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2  Re: Zippered juice bag pencil case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amarchan on: August 19, 2009 07:20:01 PM
To make this pouch, you need 6 bags, cleaned and dried, tape, thread and a 12 inch zipper. A sewing machine is a definate plus!

Tape together 3 bags for each side. Taping is not necessary but when I didn't do it, the bag was wrinkled.

You should have this.

Sew bags together on sewing machine. I sew on the top, since it looks better. Straight stitch.

Place the zipper on one of the sides. Zipper face down to the right side of the bag.

I tape the zipper down and unzip to make it easier to sew. Use the zipper foot on your machine. Sew along one side. Starting and stopping about 1/2 inch from the ends, so the sides are easier to sew.

Flip the zipper over and top stitch.

Rpeat on the otherside. Place other side on top, tape and sew, then top stitch.

You should have this now

Fold together with wrong sides matching.

Tuck in the zipper ends.

Sew the three nonzippered sides together. Put regular sewing foot back on machine. Don't forget to back stitch beginning and end! Snip threads.

Place pencils in side and take to school. Ace all your tests and have fun at recess!
Hope this makes sense, I tried to make it basic so even beginners could give this a try. I did not invent or think of this pencil bag. I just saw similar ones and wanted to inspire others to try it.

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3  Zippered juice bag pencil case TUTORIAL ADDED! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amarchan on: August 19, 2009 07:08:18 PM
So I have totally been on a juice pouch kick recently. These are the zippered pencil cases for my sons and nephew.

I made some of them the same (my sons wanted them in their favorite flavor) and some different.

They loved the pouches, but didn't love posing!
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4  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (August Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by amarchan on: August 15, 2009 11:23:20 AM
Hi! This is my first submission, so I hope it counts! These aren't really Christmas gifts, but Christmas gift bags. I wanted to use all reuseable gift bags this year. I found some Christmas fabric at a thrift shop. It is washed up and all cut out for gift bags. I am ironing them up today.

I plan on several of them being bags with handles like the Mors bags, so they can be used as shopping bags. My other ideas have been to make pillow cases for people and wrap their present in that. Just another frugal idea, I save all the color Sunday comics. Most kids love to actually rip into paper, so I try to wrap kid gifts in paper. My nephew was so funny, at his birthday, he actually pieced it back together, so he could read the comics. If you start saving now, you might have enough to wrap all your presents!
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5  Re: MEDICINE bottle pincushion and pin holder in Completed Projects by amarchan on: August 14, 2009 10:16:12 AM
Wow! These are fabulous! I can't wait to give it a try. I have a small stash of these bottles that I couldnt yet figure our how to reuse! I cant recycle them here, the number is too high. I even checked at a few pharmacys to see if they had a recycle program, that was a no. So I am thrilled to see these. Little bits of fabric and a recycle bottle, and I end up with something cute and useful! Yours are so adorable. Can't wait to give these a try. Thank you for sharing.

Just made this one up with sea turtle fabric.
Thanks again Panda. Love this. Thanks for the idea and the great tute.
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6  One bathrobe had to die to make this monster bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amarchan on: August 12, 2009 07:46:35 PM

This is my version of the Monster messanger bag that has been posted to craftster. Thank you so much for all the messanger bag tutorials on the Purses, bags and wallets board. And thank you for all the other inspiration that have been posted.

This is the bag my son wanted for for 3rd grade.

This is the fluffy robe that we found at Goodwill for $3.99

We used an old red satin type  sheet we had for the lining. We made a flip out tongue/cell phone pocket. (My son insisted on this even though he doesn't have a cell phone!)

Close up of the teeth. I used the bathrobe belt as a shoulder strap. I used the belt loops to attache the handles to the bag.

Close up of the monster face. I cut out about 20 pieces for the face and let my son decide on the pieces. It was supposed to be a little asymmetrical. The face of the monster is a little wavy. I need to get better at applique!

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7  Juice pouch bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by amarchan on: August 12, 2009 07:14:57 PM
I finished my first juice pouch bags. I want to thank so many of you for your wonderful inspiration and tutorials.

Both bags, I used green quilt binding I had left over for the handles.

 Since this is a gift for a good friends daughter, I used some pink and blue trim I had in my drawer.

This was my first bag. I don't care for how the zig zag stitch turned out. But it gave me a good sense of the construction. I use it to hold the cleaned out bags I am waiting to stitch.

Bottom of the bag. I can't wait to try these again. I am working on making my son a lunch bag. Need a trip to the beach or park to drink more juice bags!

LMK what you think, and if you have other ideas for these. I have boys, so not much need for girly purses here.
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8  Boys bowling pants! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by amarchan on: August 09, 2009 07:32:10 PM
I made these bowling shorts, pants and backpack for my son. He loves bowling and wears these things everywhere. I just cut the pants off of pjs that fit him well.

I am so sorry. I am having trouble getting the pictures to attach. I can't delete this so I will try again in the morning!

Bowling shorts

The shorts and the backpack blend in!

Bowling pants
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