Pretty Pouch Recycled Item

9 Jan

STOP! Think twice before you discard that juice pouch.

STOP! Think twice before you discard that juice pouch.

It’s always good to recycle.  Our carbon footprints are being tracked more than ever before.

If you have young children, grandchildren or you like acting like a child yourself…by drinking from a juice pouch you know that those containers can quickly add up in your trash piles.  What to do, what to do?  Well, I can tell you what to do with them.  Be creative!

If you have not seen hand-made containers made from juice pouches and juice boxes, you are missing out on a creative find.  It’s the innovative mind with the desire to be green that sparked a craze that is fun and functional. I have seen bags, purses, coin purses and other woven and stitched creations originating from the use of this recycled container.  Make sure that you wash and dry your pouch. The best type needle to use may be the upholstery type. If you are hand-stitching, you may want to pierce the initial holes you will need by dragging a hole punch along to pre-drill (so to speak) your indention for the needle and thread or yarn or ribbon. Ask your fabric shop to suggest the best strength for the material and your machine.  If hand sewing this project, use a stitch that doubles for strength. Perhaps a serger would be the fastest way to secure and create this project. To wash later, wipe with a damp cloth. It can serve you just as material fabric would only it is a bit more stiff, even with wear. And speaking of “wear”. Would you like to create clothing from juice pouches and wear your art?

Feeling empowered to sew something a bit more intense?

Feeling empowered to sew something a bit more intense?  I am not sure where to credit this photo from but, it serves as a great inspiration for illustration to create with pouches.

While researching this project,  I found that many are out for a profit to sell you their patterns, techniques tips and product.  I did find a young lady who I felt did a good job being concise and who has made her own instructional video. She has supplied the information for free via YouTube.  Who doesn’t like free? Starting out simple, create a pouch first.

Let’s find out how we can create our own pretty recycled pouch!

Today, I highlight Sarah Buckhouse who may someday make a great art teacher (in my opinion). This is her lesson. Are you inspired to drink juice or sew?  Maybe this post has inspired you to do both? Enjoy learning from this video, and good luck creating from your trash. I’d love a purse with the scent of grapes or fruit punch wouldn’t you?

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4 Responses to “Pretty Pouch Recycled Item”

  1. clubcreativestudio January 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

    I think that children would love to collect their pouches knowing that something useful and colorful can be created with them. To make this a more gender neutral item I can suggest making a large bag to hold general items like toys or books or small pouch to hold pencils or money.

  2. Kathleen Cleary (@kathleen_cleary) January 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

    VERY creative AND useful. Love to help the environment while making useful items.

  3. clubcreativestudio January 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

    So true, Arleen. Gotta be a fan of easy clean up. Something I noticed from Sarah’s informational video was that the pouches make a crumble sound, that is something I would need to learn to ignore. But, the pros outweigh the cons for reasons to make these creations.

  4. arleen January 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM #

    From trash to treasure! What I like most about this outfit is that if you spill juice from another pouch, it will clean up with a damp sponge and not stain. Very creative!

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