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August 2008
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Recycle CapriSun Containers

A couple of years ago my granddaughter, then a senior in high school, made CapriSun purses.  Small purses, just what all the girls wanted, and she sold TONS of them!  She sold them for $15 each, and had a waiting list for them.  Now if I’d been smart, I would have watched her make them, written some instructions to pass along, or at least would have been able to make them myself!   She is now in Italy with her Air Force husband and baby, so can’t “run down the street” to get the information.

HOWEVER, I did find a super tutorial on making kids pencil bags out of the CapriSun containers at, and I think this is an awesome idea.  Here’s the tutorial for you to try.

I made this juice bag pencil pouch for my son’s first day of school.  He really wanted the Kool-Aid Sport juice bags (because they look Cool) but the store was out and this is what we had.

You need 4 juice bags and an 8 inch zipper for this little pencil case. If you need a larger pencil bag try 3 bags lined up vertically.

Cut a slit in the bottom of each empty juice bag and rinse.  Allow bags to dry.

Lay two bags end to end, one on top of the other. They should measure 9 1/2 inches in total length. Stitch through the bags at the bottom of the top bag. I found a heavy duty needle (like for denim) helpful.  I was also using a heavy duty thread. Repeat for other size.

Stitch one side of the zipper to the top of the bags —right sides together.

Notice carefully where to stop stitching.  Do not stitch to edge.

Stitch the other side of bag to the zipper, again right sides together.

Lay zipper and bags flat and top stitch down each side of zipper.

Bring bags together wrong sides together.  Fold zipper ends down on each side.

Starting at top side stitch down the side, across the bottom and up the other side.

I  trimmed off just a little on each side to make it even.

There you go, a recycled pencil bag!

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