Look what I bought!
Yup, a sewing machine!
Costco has them for like 180 bucks, and I’ve been saving for one so I bought it.
And I LURVE it. A lot. I’ve never had a nice machine. Never. Last one I had I bought used at a sew shop like 11 years ago and it was craaaaap-y.
This one can do all sorts of fancy stitches and came with all these different feet things that I don’t even know what they are used for.
I’m not really a seamstress. No, let me rephrase. I’m NOT a seamstress. My mother can sew and is great at it, and she taught me how to sew. She also put me in a sewing class when I was a kid for a week one summer (loved it!). So basically I can do basic sewing.
I didn’t need anything super-fancy and this machine is purrr-fect..
In fact, I finally bought a machine for one reason. This:
Seriously. I saved up and bought my machine so I can make cute bags out of capri-sun packages.
Yes, I made the lunch sack. Isn’t it stinkin’ ca-ute?!!!
These are really easy to make. And if I can sew one together, I’m pretty sure most people can sew one together.
I figured I’d give it to my daughter because it seems a tad girly, but my son saw it and wanted one too…
And then there were two capri-sun lunch sacks.
Apparently Beverly Hills has never seen or heard of capri-sun bags and lunch sacks because I have all the parents (and other kids) at the school flipping out over these bags! I’ve had several moms ask me to make one for them. Niiiice.
I’m going to eventually put them in my etsy shop (after I get moved from CA to TX this month) but for now, if you reeeeeaally want one, can’t live without one, and don’t want to make one yourself, I’ll make you one for $20 (shipping included). Just email me.
I was on such a roll that I decided to make a pencil holder as well.
It probably would have been nice to trim off all the extra thread before I took the pictures. Oops.
I don’t know why something made from trash is so cute! Seriously. I’m just dying. They are adorable.
How do I acquire all the capri-sun pouches? That has been tricky! If you have any tips on how to get lots of pouches, please let me know.
Most of them I’ve been saving for months. I’ve known for awhile that I’m going to make lots of crafts with them. I’ve got several nieces that would love a purse for their birthday!
I told my kids for every pouch they bring home from school from their friends, I’ll give them 10 cents. My hubbs thinks that’s a total rip off, but I had to make the deal sweet enough that my kids would actually cooperate. I’m considering volunteering in the school cafeteria just so I can scour the garbage cans after lunch each day.
I’m all about giving credit where credit is due, so here is how to make the bags, and also links to where I got the ideas from.
To make any capri-sun item, first you have to clean the pouches.
Cut a slit in the bottom of each empty juice bag. I just snipped it with a pair of scissors.
(Image courtesy of Skip To My Lou.)
Next, you have to wash them. You can do it by hand but it’s easier to just load up the dishwasher.
(Image courtesy of Enchanted Art.)
And then to make the lunch bag, you can follow the tutorial at Thrifty Fun.
To make the pencil cup holder, there’s a great tutorial over at My Montessori Journey.
I’ve made a few more fun things with capri-sun pouches so check back soon for another installment!
Have you ever made anything from capri-suns? Tell us about it in the comments section! If you have any links to posts you’ve made I’d love to see them and might even do a capri-sun features party!
edited to add:
I’ve updated this lunch sack! Check out the new and improved one: