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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  1. These are the coolest things in school to have right now! Thanks for the How To!!!! I can’t wait to make one!

  2. Great idea! It is a wonderful project to teach children the value of recyclong and the skill in sewing.

    Thanks for the post.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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?

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  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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