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A recycled pencil bag for the first day of school

Posted by  ·  August 13, 2008  ·  Last Updated: August 13, 2008

I made this juice bag pencil pouch for my son’s first day of school.  He really wanted the Kool-Aid Sport juice bags (because they look Cool) but the store was out and this is what we had.

You need 4 juice bags and an 8 inch zipper for this little pencil case. If you need a larger pencil bag try 3 bags lined up vertically.

Cut a slit in the bottom of each empty juice bag and rinse.  Allow bags to dry.

Lay two bags end to end, one on top of the other. They should measure 9 1/2 inches in total length. Stitch through the bags at the bottom of the top bag. I found a heavy duty needle (like for denim) helpful.  I was also using a heavy duty thread. Repeat for other size.

Stitch one side of the zipper to the top of the bags —right sides together.

Notice carefully where to stop stitching.  Do not stitch to edge.

Stitch the other side of bag to the zipper, again right sides together.

Lay zipper and bags flat and top stitch down each side of zipper.

Bring bags together wrong sides together.  Fold zipper ends down on each side.

Starting at top side stitch down the side, across the bottom and up the other side.

I  trimmed off just a little on each side to make it even.

There you go, a recycled pencil bag!

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  2. Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
    I freakin LOVE! I am totally doing this this week!
  3. Anonymous
    Friday, March 25th, 2011
    Or you could use a Velcro closure instead of a zipper, much easier
  4. Dominique zarate
    Friday, March 18th, 2011
    Thank u 4 showing me how to do it because I've been researching all websites.
  5. Middle school girly
    Monday, February 14th, 2011
    These are the coolest things in school to have right now! Thanks for the How To!!!! I can't wait to make one!
  6. lisi
    Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
  7. Ivy
    Sunday, December 5th, 2010
    Great idea! It is a wonderful project to teach children the value of recyclong and the skill in sewing.

    Thanks for the post.
  8. Friday, July 9th, 2010
    This is so stinkin cute! I goggled for "make your own denim pencil pouch" because I have seen one on a blog I regularly read. I read so many, though, I couldn't remember where I found it. This is so cute, my daughter will just love it! Better than denim, imo.
  9. Emma
    Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
    love this idea! I want to make a whole bunch of stuff like this so ill be like "capri sun girl" or something! Im only 10 so dont think im crazy! Haha
  10. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    This looks soo cute! I can't wait to try this. Great instructions!!!
  11. Martha
    Friday, October 2nd, 2009
    I did it and I loved it!!!! thank you thank you thank you
  12. Martha
    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
    This is really what I was looking for to do!!!! Thanks a lot
  13. jjjanice
    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
    i couldnt do it cause ima lousy sower
  14. Linsey
    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
    Dear Shawna,
    If you are using a sewing machine you will not be required knots, but if hand sewing you have to make several.

    Anyways, Thank You Skip To My Lou! I really enjoyed making this pencil pouch for class next year! Are there any other school related projects you perfer?
  15. Mark Shorr
    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
    Please contact me. I'm interested in marketing your recycled products. Feel free to call me. My toll free number is 888-500-2583
  16. Morniel
    Saturday, March 21st, 2009
    I just have one question. Why in the world would you buy "juice bags" or "juice boxes"? They're horribly expensive, contain only 10 % juice, and are terribly inconvenient as well as filling up landfills and so forth.
  17. Naomi
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
    Oh my gosh I have been looking for the perfect pencil pouch that i have even gone to PINK the younger victoriassecret 2 find some but they are not the right size but this one is!!!!! U r a genius I will try my best 2 sew!
  18. sami
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    that is so cool!

    i love the idea of how we can make great things out of recycles. :)
  19. Friday, August 29th, 2008
    I just found your blog while searching for something from the ALL YOU mag. and ended up on your site! What a great find!
    This pencil bag is ADORABLE!
    Thanks for sharing it!
  20. shawna
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
    I never sew anything but i do want to make my kids the so
    COOL pencile pouch. They ask me to make them all one --
    5 kids-- I guess it's time to learn how to sew?! I do need to ask do i need to tie a knot anywere?? Some one please help me?? [email protected]
  21. Thursday, August 14th, 2008
    I love finding uses for those things. This week I turned a few of them into luggage tags...
  22. Aurora
    Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    Love this idea, i'm gonna give a try!!!!
  23. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    WoW - how would have thought of this? I just came across your site yesterday and bookmarked it. I love it! I'll be sure to be a daily, if not, weekly reader.

    I'll have to try my hand at the cooler pouch. The zipper can be a bit tricky, but I'll do my best. Thanks for the tutorial.
  24. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    Too cool!
    you are one clever Lou,
  25. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    how do you come up with this stuff. you're amazing. too cool!!!
  26. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    My kindergartener would LOVE this idea - thanks for the tutorial!
  27. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    That is so cool! I'm totally linking to this in today's Daily DIY!
  28. Kim H
    Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    This is very cool! I do not sew well or know how to do zippers :(
  29. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    great idea! very very cool! hope you guys have a good first day back!
  30. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    Great job.
  31. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    Thanks for the How To! I am still learning on putting zippers in. I made a few bags last week and still am not happy with finished product. I know it just takes practice!

    Love your blog!
  32. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    very cool idea!
  33. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    that's great! does your son like it?
  34. Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
    Great idea. I'm typically afraid of zippers but I might try to give it a whirl with your great instructions.