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How to make a pencil bag out of juice bags

Posted by  ·  August 15, 2009  ·  Last Updated: August 15, 2009

In case you missed this last year here is a simple pencil bag tutorial from the Skip to my Lou Archives. If you don’t drink juice try this lined zippered pouch to send your kids back to school with something special. Don’t forget to add a  message (maybe an inspirational quote, words of encouragement or a secret love note) to the inside lining of your fabric pouch!


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. josianne morel
    Saturday, September 10th, 2011
    hi i josianne morel from seychelles i love it it was very nice I am going to try and make one for me.....
  2. Friday, August 5th, 2011
    How cool is that! :) T hank you so much for the tutorial!!

    -Liisa, Finland
  3. Denise
    Saturday, March 19th, 2011
    Best directions I have found! Thank you!
  4. Jennifer
    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
    Love Love Love this!!! I am going to try to make this!! :) Thanks!!
  5. Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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  6. Monday, August 9th, 2010
    Oh my gosh I just made one of these for EACH of my grandchildren for Back to School! They LOVE them! Added the zippers in their favorite colors! You can also do the same sort of thing with the candy pouches for Reeses Pieces, Almond Joy and York Peppermint patty pieces! Thanks for your wonderful idea!
  7. Monday, August 9th, 2010
    Super cute! Love recycling and bet the kids love it too!
  8. Monday, January 11th, 2010
    I need an oilcloth sort of bag to keep charcoal drawing pencils in my purse, so I don't want to make a zippy bag out of great fabric only to ruin it. This is totally up my alley. Love it. Thank you!
  9. Friday, December 11th, 2009
    I love this. I was already admiring some on your other patterns...and this one is awesome! If only I had a source for empty Capri Sun.
  10. Thursday, November 12th, 2009
    My daughter and I made a little tote bag with ours. No zipper, but ribbon for handles.

  11. Jazmyn
    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
    I love this idea! My daughter broke her pencil bag (for fun) and I don't want to spend a lot of money on a new one. We have a ton of juice pouches and a big sewing kit, and I'm sure my daughter would love to make one.
  12. Yara
    Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
    This is a cool idea, but I just saw some similar bags at target for $1, so it will cost me less to buy it than make it.
    But it's an awesome idea (then again, if my sister or cousin want one, and they buy the juice and zippers, I'm down to make it)
  13. Monday, August 17th, 2009
    This is a great tutorial, my kids will love recycling and they are eager to help with the sewing, too. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.
  14. Beth
    Sunday, August 16th, 2009
    So cute!! My daughter will love this!
  15. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    Your are right. These are great Wedding gift ideas. I'm getting married in the spring and would absolutely love it if I received any of these items as gifts. I would deeply appreciate the time someone put into it to make them for us.
  16. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    Cute idea. Thanks for the info.
  17. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    This is too cool! I've been looking for a project to use these up - I hate throwing them away. But, the kids love them and use them. They'll love this! Thanks!
  18. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    Oh I love this idea! I know me though, I'll just have to admire it on your website because I know I won't sew--lol! I bet my dd will do it though. Thanks for sharing.
  19. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    that is great, gonna have to try this one soon; my kids drink those like crazy
  20. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    This looks easy enough that I might actually try to sew something! ha. Thanks for the cute idea.
  21. Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    I have used a lot of your ideas. This one I will definitely be using this year. My kids will think it is so cool. Thanks for all your wonderful things you post. I have your link on my blog.