Monday, August 1, 2011

capri sun bag tutorial

Wanna make one of these bad boys???
  •  2 boxes of capri suns
  • sewing machine and thread 
  • scissors
    Start off by taking your capri suns and cut them on the bottom. Then put them in the dish washer and let them get really clean. Otherwise they will be extremely sticky... 
     Set them out to air off.
     To start take two capri suns and line them up side by side...overlapping about 1/4 inch. Set your machine to the zig zag stitch and sew straight down. MAKE SURE TO BACK STITCH!
    Sew them that same way tell you have three across. Make three columns. Like in picture
    Take columns and sew them together. This will make one side of the purse. Repeat and make one more side identical.

    Next you will want to make the bottom of the bag. This doesn't really have measurements....what you do is take your front and back pieces and make a bottom piece the same size. I used two full pouches and cut the middle one to size.
    Even if the sides are a little longer.... I like that better because you will be able to cut the remainder off after you sew sides together.
     Sew one side together. With the zig zag stitch still.
    Then connect the other side. Now you should have something that looks like this.  Once this is completed then I take my scissors and trim off the longer edges of the bottom.
    Here is the standing up view of the bottom sewed to the front and back.
    Now you are going to make the sides of the purse. You will sew three capri suns together with the stitch on the top. Like in picture. You will make two sets of these....One for both sides of your bag.
    Connect one side to the bottom of the bag. Then the other.
    Now you will have the bag all assembled....We need to add some straps. You can make these as long or short as you like. What you do is the same as the sides. Take your capri suns and sew them with a stitch on the top..
     Then you will take the five capri suns sewed together and fold them in half. Once folded in half make a stitch all the way down the side.
    Once the straps are sewn together you will want to attach them to the bag. I placed the straps on the inside of the bag and did a zig zag stitch straight across the strap.

    I love it!! 
    hope you liked it :)
    if you have any questions just ask!


    1. Great tutorial! I could open a Capri Sun bag store with all the ones that my kids drink!!! lol

    2. Super, super cute! The end picture of the bag on the porch is gorgeous:)

    3. ooh I want to make one now!! Love it!! I am impressed at the amount of Capri Sun to consume! ;) We could handle that here...anyhow, so great!!!


    4. That is so cute! I love how you used pink thread! I am having a party over at my blog if you want to join! Here's the link with all the info:

    5. Super cute Ash! You did a fabulous job and thanks for the tutorial!

    6. These bags are always so fun and unique. I love the idea of reusing things as well. Looks great!

    7. Awesome tutorial!! Please link up to Help a Momma Out Tuesday :) This would be perfect!!


    8. Very clever and nice! Your tutorial looks very good, thanks for sharing:)

    9. Awesome upcycle! Love it so much!

    10. Wow-this is super creative-great tute too! I'm following from Tip Junkie!

    11. Wow this is so cute and sooo simple! Well, you make it look easy. ;)


    12. Cool! I've made one bag using the fused plastic grocery bags, but this looks infinitely easier and so much more attractive! Great Job!
      Your newest follower,
      Rikka J.
      Ricochet and Away!

    13. I am going to start saving my capri sun bags and have you make a purse with me!! It is time for a CRAFT DAY at my house!! Love you tons!!

    14. How cute! And waterproof, too. Thanks for sharing this tutorial in such an easy to understand way. :)

      Tracy Screaming Sardine

    15. I have never seen anything like it... what an awesome way to recycle!!


    16. Seen these before but never knew how to make one. Thanks for sharing!

    17. this is so FUN and creative! Like you I have tons of these pouches laying around. I may need to try this

    18. Well, such a superb and best work you done. I really impressed with your superb work. For me it is very much inspiration.

    19. I have seen this before, but your tutorial makes it look so easy! Thanks for sharing this!

    20. I was surprised when I first saw this on your page. A great idea I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    21. Ashley, what an awesome project and tutorial! Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me...". I'm featuring your project on my FB page.


    22. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tote bags, expecially easy ones that I can make myself with my limited sewing ability. Thanks so much for sharing this. I can't wait to try it with all the Capri Sun and Kool-aid drinks the new school year will bring.

      I wanted to let you know that I shared this on my Shout Out Sunday this week. Thanks again!

    23. I have seen this before, but your tutorial makes it look so easy to do in short time and I can 't thank enough for it.

    24. This is amazing! I've been hoarding capri sun packets for ages but so far have only made a pencil case.

    25. Awesome!! Great tutorial, thank you for sharing!! I am pinning this one!

    26. I have been seeing these for quite some time and I have ALWAYS wanted to make one. You tutorial makes it look way easier than I have always imagined.
      Thanks for sharing the step by step pics!

    27. oh my goodness I LOVE this bag how fun!!!!! You always amaze me. thank you again so much for linking up to my party Show and Share! hope to see you again this week!

      A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

    28. I'm so tempted to try that! Would have to wash the bags out by hand, but I'm sure it would work. And my boys would go though two boxes of Capri Sun in an afternoon if I let them...

    29. So beautiful. I impress to watch how you used pink thread, My sister arranged one party for with bag challenges hope it will be best with recycle subject.

    30. Ashley,
      That's SUPER creative!

      Thank you so much for linking up at our (Brand New!) Linky Party.

      We'll be hosting each Friday - so you can share a craft, recipe, tutorial or teachable moment.

      All the best,

    31. Does it matter what kind of sewing needle you use? i.e., like does it need to be a heavy duty one?

    32. I wouldn`t say this is a Capri Sun tutorial, but the pictures are pretty great. I wish I could offer as a gift such a Capri sun "bag." She enjoys using brand coupons.


    thanks for putting a smile on my face today with your comment:)