August 5, 2011

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - Capri Sun Pencil Case Tutorial

Welcome to Day 5 of
at Rook No. 17

Today's guest post combines two of my favorite things -- childhood nostalgia and upcycling!  I have vivid memories of the first year that Capri Sun juice pouches hit the lunchroom.  Suddenly my little can of TreeSweet juice (that tasted more of tin than anything else) seemed so old fashioned next to those "space age" looking silver pouches with their special little straws.  I sometimes think that the only thing that got me through having to sit through my brother's endless baseball practices was the promise of a Capri Sun at the end of the dusty day.

Does anyone remember this stuff?

The juice pouch has, through nearly three decades, stayed at the top of the lunchbox beverage game.  While the juice hasn't changed much, I'm happy that we're living in a "greener", more earth-friendly age.  So, when I saw the tutorial for making a pencil pouch out of upcycled juice bags over at Get Your Craft On, I nearly popped a wheelie.

I'm as giddy as a 1970s school kid toting a new Muppets lunchbox on the first day of school that Lynette from Get Your Craft On is here today sharing her tutorial.  Skip on over and say hello to Lynette -- She has an awesome sense of style that really sets her sewing and craft tutorials in a league of their own.  She also has an Etsy shop where she sells some of her WOW-inducing creations, like this hat:

the LINCOLN baby beanie, available in multiple sizes, great photography prop

I don't know what's cuter...the hat or the kid wearing it.  Seriously, you've got to see the kid...visit Get Your Craft On; you'll see what I'm talking about!

All right, I'll zip it! Here's Lynette's tutorial:

Capri Sun Pencil Case

  • 6 Capri Sun pouches (washed and dried)
  • 9-10" zipper (I used a 9" and it was just a tad too short, but I haven't tried the 10")
  • sewing essentials: sewing machine, thread, etc.

1.) Cut a slit on the bottom of each Capri Sun pouch and pour contents into pitcher. You can just save used Capri Sun pouches, but they will have the straw hole used.

2.) Thoroughly wash out each pouch and completely dry.

3.) Sew 3 Capri Sun bags together, side-by-side, overlapping approximately 1cm. Have the picture side be facing up. Make 2 sets of 3 bags, one for each side of pencil case. You can use a straight stitch, a double straight stitch (that's what I did) or a zig-zag stitch.

4.) Now it's time to sew on the zipper! Place the zipper right-side down on the right-side TOP of one of the sides. Line up the edge of the zipper with the top edge of the side of the pencil case. Using a zipper foot, sew zipper on.

5.) Flip zipper over and press down bag. Topstitch on pencil case side right under the zipper.


6.) Take the other group of 3 bags sewn together and place it on top of the one you just sewed the zipper on to, right-sides together. Line up the top edge of that side with the edge of the zipper. Flip over and use a zipper foot to sew on zipper to that side of pencil case.

7.) Flip that side over and press down. Topstich on that side of pencil case right under the zipper.

8.) Now finish it up by sewing sides of pencil case together. With wrong-sides together, and zipper at top, sew the other 3 sides of the case, not including side with zipper. Make sure to catch the front and end of the zipper in your stitching and make sure to back stitch at beginning and end. Again, you can use a straight-stitch, a double straight-stitch (that's what I did), or a zig-zag stitch. And that's it!!!

9.) If you want, add a little name washer for a zipper pull or jazz it up with a bunch of crazy ribbon for a zipper pull. This is the stamping set I used to stamp the name in the washer and here is the tutorial on fun!



Okay, now go put some pens and pencils in your new cool Capri Sun Pencil Case and good luck at school!!!


  1. Very clever! Love the back to school ideas! I am a new follower!

  2. Love your blog!! Totally going to make this for my friend's 7 year old daughter!

    Irene (EshipGlobal)

  3. Does this project require any special supplies? The pouches seem pretty tough and durable, and I want to know ahead of time if I need stronger needles or thread. -Greg

  4. Does this project require any special supplies? The pouches seem pretty tough and durable, and I want to know ahead of time if I need stronger needles or thread.


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