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Topic: JUICY tote bag (lots of pics!)  (Read 15035 times)
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« on: October 04, 2008 04:51:30 PM »

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.  Cheesy

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 Smiley

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: $9.67

My supplies:
Invisible thread
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 Sad

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 Smiley. 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 Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008 06:19:31 PM »


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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2008 08:33:10 PM »

So pretty! I would have never thought to do it that way! You did an amazing job.

« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2008 06:00:49 PM »

That is awesome!  I would soooo use that!

« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008 02:42:11 AM »

Very cute.  Love the zipper charm!

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008 03:20:41 PM »

This is sooo frickin cool! Makes me want to try it with different material. Amazing!

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2008 09:33:33 PM »

I've seen these capri-sun bags all over and never liked them until I saw yours with the purple post it notes. It makes it look very modern, like something out of a sci-fi film. The other side always looked too hokey to me.

« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008 06:23:39 AM »

Thanks for all the great comments!

I know what you mean, craftewoman, about the Capri Sun bags looking "hokey". I was originally hoping that this would be reversible, so if I was in a fun mood and looking for something funky I could show the capri sun side, or the other side which looked more modern and casual to me. It didn't work out, sadly, but I'm glad I picked the silver/post-it side to be right-side out Smiley
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2008 05:44:00 AM »

Looks great.. you should be really proud of that!
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2008 12:58:55 AM »

I can see a whole like of JUICY skirts and shirts... I really love your bag. Very earth friendly. ^_^

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