Day 5 of 12 Days of Eco-Christmas: Drink pouch purse gift

Welcome to Day 5 of 12 Days of Eco-Christmas! I know many of you like to use a sewing machine, so this one's for you...Mindy from The Determined Scrapper has created a project that would please almost any little girl on Christmas morning AND it's made out of Capri Sun pouches!

What in the world could you do with all those drink pouches after you're done?

Well, instead of throwing them out, how about making a purse, a bag or something more useful?


drink pouches (9 were used for this purse)
sewing machine
ribbon for handles
Velcro dots or closure

After emptying your drink pouches, make sure to wash them. I soak mine in dishsoap and hot water. After that, I remove them and place on a towel to dry. Once air dried, I place them in between two paper towels and run it through my Cuttlebug to flatten. Some others have used a rolling pin to make sure all excess water is removed.

Start with the bottom, depending on how wide you would like your project, will determine on how you complete the bottom.

With sewing machine set on zigzag stitch, sew two pouches together about midway. As you can see here, I have stitched both seams.

Stitch together two for each side and attach one for each end. Before you connect and make it a complete circle, you will need to connect the bottom. This will take a little maneuvering to get the edges to all line up.

Once you have completed this, all edges should have stitching and you should now have a purse. 

Trim the last pouch around a circular design at the bottom of the pouch. Stitch around the entire pouch. Then sew the top of the pouch to the back of the main part of the purse. Attach Velcro dots to the front exterior of the purse and to the pouch used as the flap.

Sew ribbon into the purse to create two handles. And then...look how cute it is...

Read more about Mindy and her scrapbooking tips here. See additional photos from this drink pouch purse tutorial here.

And that makes five green projects for Christmas! Seven more to go! If you are inspired by this or any of the projects you see during the month and decide to create your own, email me (ecoscrapbook at yahoo dot com) and I'll share it here.