Fast forward to a Daisy Girl Scout event where I saw a table full of kids and their juice pouches. Jackpot!!! I seized the opportunity and collected all the empty pouches. I had just enough to make a little tote bag.
There are many tutorials out there, so I didn't take pictures as I made mine, but I will share some of the tips I discovered to make assembly easier.
Unless you want your bag to smell like eau de tooty fruity, you will want to wash out the pouches. The easiest way to do this is to cut a slit in the bottom of each pouch gusset, making sure not to cut through the front or back. The slit will end up in the middle, and no one will see it. Drain out any juice, wash with hot soapy water, and dry thoroughly.
I used a zig zag stitch for assembly, tacking well at each end for added security. You will overlap the pouches when sewing them together, making a flat seam.
First, assemble your front and back panels, two side panels, and the bottom.
After you have all your panels assembled, you will attach all the sides together, saving the bottom for last.
You can make lunch bags, beach totes, gym bags, zippered coin pouches...the possibilities are endless! And the best part is, they're virtually free! This bag cost only the price of the webbing, which was about $1. Can't beat that!
Now, don't you want to run out and collect some juice pouches?