As promised, here is my other Capri-sun craft I promised you all.
Is it just me, or are they ah-freaking-dorable?!
K-bear couldn’t have been more thrilled!
She snatched them right up the second I was finished.
And I’m pretty sure she thoroughly enjoyed every second of her photo-op as well.
Now that she has two purses, all she needs now for Christmas are her two front teeth!
Uni the Unicorn enjoyed a ride.
These bags are the perfect size for a Webkinz or small stuffed animal.
I’m seeing lots of animal and purse combo gifts in my nieces futures…
I’m still debating whether I *need* one for myself or not. ‘Cause what 30 year old wouldn’t need one?
So now here is my pathetic attempt at describing how I sewed this purse together. I’ll try to keep it coherent.
First, you need 10 clean used Capri-sun wrappers.
(To clean them, read my other post about Capri-sun lunch sacks.)
First step – make the handles first. (I learned this the hard way).
Sew two wrappers together (one above the other). Overlap the wrappers about 1/4 inch and sew across them (I used a zig zag stitch ’cause it’s cute.)
Fold it in half length-wise and then mark the center.
Cut the wrappers in half down the middle length-wise.
Fold each half in half again length-wise and stitch up either side.
Now take 2 wrappers and sew them together (side-by-side) . Do this twice. These are the sides of the purse.
Take your straps and sew them to the fronts of each of the side sections, like this:
Here’s an up-close of how I attached the handles (I just sewed an X and a square on each one).
Now it’s time to sew the bottom of the bag. Overlap two wrappers until they are the width of the side pieces. Sew together.
Now you are ready to assemble the bag!
Here’s how you will need to lay out your pieces to create your bag. You’ll need two additional pouches – one for either side of the bag.
(This tut is how to make a flat-bottom bag which is a little harder to make.)
Sew your pieces together like this. Make sure your side pieces are overlapping the bottom of the bag on top of the bottom piece.
If your bottom piece is too long, trim off the extra at this point. This is also a good close-up of how I attached the sides to the bottom.
Sew the other sides of the bag to the bottom the exact same way you sewed the handled-sides.
Finally, fold up all 4 sides to create the “box” or the purse, and just sew them together wrong-sides-together.
*If you try to sew the sides together before you attach the bottom you will not be able to create a flat-bottom bag. I’ve tried it and trust me, it doesn’t work!
When I say “flat-bottom” what I mean is that the bottom will be flat like this:
… Instead of inverted like this:
(The inverted ones are easier to sew, but I like the look of the flat-bottom one better.)
And a fun view of the innards of the bag…
And THAT, my friends, is how to make a cute little mini-purse for your mini-me’s!
PS For those of you who are following my moving saga, after 2.5 days in the car, we arrived in Texas safely and are staying with friends and family while we continue the torturous house search. We’ve still got the offer on the short-sale house, but it’s taking a long time and we’ve now found some other houses we want to check out. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a house I love and can’t live without very soon so that we can close on it and not be homeless anymore! House hunting is not fun! I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes. Wish me luck! I need a house so I can start decorating it for all of you!
Thanks for your continued support!
Here are more Caprisun posts that I’ve made: