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DIY Colourful Kool-Aid Jammers Lunch Sack Craft (How-To)

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Sam is home sick. He’s definitely not well, but not unwell enough to lay in bed all day. Truthfully in a non-H1N1 world he’d be at school. They sent him home yesterday, as he was pale, complaining of a sore throat and didn’t go out for recess. Apparently, if he doesn’t go out for recess … he IS sick.

I think he has a cold, nothing more. He is stuffed up and not much else.

He was definitely up to helping me make a lunchbox out of Kool-Aid Jammers drink packets.

you'll need 15 clean dry packets

You’ll need:

Sewing machine
15 clean, dry drink packets
Ruler (or measuring tape)
Stick on velcro fasteners

Slice open the bottom of each packet. Wash, rinse and dry each one out.


Your lunch tote will consist of 5 parts: 1 front and 1 back (each 2×2 packets each), 2 sides (2×1 packets each) and a bottom (2 overlapped packets)

5 pieces you'll need

If you are a competent sewer, you could just start sewing these parts. However, because I am a beginner, I decided to tape my pieces together first.

tape pieces

You don’t need to tape each and every seam. Just here and there, enought to keep them from slipping and sliding while you are sewing.

front or back

The front and back are made using a 2×2 pattern like the piece above. The sides are 2×1 stacked vertically.

The bottom is a little different.

measure the width of the bag

You’ll need to measure and then overlap two pieces to this length.

Once you have the 5 pieces taped and ready sew up the seams.

sam sewing

We used a zigzap stitch with a bright coloured thread. Sam did most of the sewing. In the above photo he is sewing up a back piece.

front or back

I think the orange thread Sam picked out looks great.

sewing the bottom

Here he is sewing the overlapping pieces that make the bottom of the lunch sack.

Once you have your 5 pieces made, you can start piecing them together.

sides and bottom

Start by sewing the sides to the bottom piece. You’ll end up with a long narrow strip.

5 pieces sewn together

Next sew the back and front to the bottom. You should end up with the above. Sew up the 4 side seams, I sewed from top to bottom, carefully lining up the top edges taping with a tiny piece of tape and then sewing.

lunch bag

If you want a ‘brown bag’ style sack, you could be finished now. Sam and I were making this sack for Lizzy and I wanted her to be able to close her lunch sack.

I cut the 15th packet in half, folded over the cut end and sewed it to the top of the sack.


Then we added adhesive velcro fasteners.

velcro closure

Below is the finished product:

finished lunch sack

I hope you like it! What kind of creations have you made from recycled items, or what’s on your list?

MK xo
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49 comments… add one

  • Michelle October 21, 2009, 4:55 pm

    That turned out so so great! And Sam is a wonderful sewist. Gotta go find some of those drink packets… hope he’s feeling 100% soon.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..getting over SSS =-.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 5:09 pm

    @Michelle, Thanks Michelle! He is a very good sewer (sewist), it’s probably all his video game playing. He was steady, sewed a straight line, it was great.
    .-= MommyKnows´s last blog ..Colourful Kool-Aid Jammers Lunch Sack Craft (How-To) =-.

  • Jodi Renshaw October 21, 2009, 5:16 pm

    You Crafty Lady, You! Love it. Problem is… Isaac doesnt drink those juice things. So now I have to find a kid who does!

    .-= Jodi Renshaw´s last blog ..Etsy Love … My Holiday Purchases Thus Far … =-.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 6:27 pm

    @Jodi Renshaw, Thanks Jodi! It took us two months to get enough for this bag :) I actually dilute them with club soda, they are not sweet at all then and the kids really like them. I buy them mostly for when the kids are sick. They have tons of vitamin C :)
    .-= mommyknows´s last blog ..Colourful Kool-Aid Jammers Lunch Sack Craft (How-To) =-.

  • Caseye October 21, 2009, 5:20 pm

    Loved this post & all the great pictures, will be a nice project to try – if I can find my sewing machine! LOL

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 6:28 pm

    @Caseye, Thanks Caseye! It was really fun to do with Sam. Lizzy loves it. I think it turned out really cute.
    .-= mommyknows´s last blog ..Colourful Kool-Aid Jammers Lunch Sack Craft (How-To) =-.

  • Jessica October 21, 2009, 5:59 pm

    This is SUCH a cute craft idea. I see things like this in the store but had no idea it was that easy to make. Hmm, I have some Capri Sun packets in my house, I might have to get crafty.
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..A shirtless man makes me happy =-.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 6:30 pm

    @Jessica, Capri Sun will work well. Kraft makes both drinks. I remember Bob Becker telling us about the Capri Sun shopping totes that are made from their recyclables.
    .-= mommyknows´s last blog ..Colourful Kool-Aid Jammers Lunch Sack Craft (How-To) =-.

  • Christina October 21, 2009, 6:26 pm

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 6:30 pm

    @Christina, Thanks Christina!
    .-= mommyknows´s last blog ..Colourful Kool-Aid Jammers Lunch Sack Craft (How-To) =-.

  • witchypoo October 21, 2009, 6:56 pm

    testing your comment system. Email me if you get notified of this.
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  • Angella October 21, 2009, 7:07 pm

    Kim!!! These are AWESOME. I totally Stumbled this.
    .-= Angella´s last blog ..I Suck At Titles Too =-.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 7:28 pm

    @Angella, Thanks Angella! Sam and I had fun. He had to guzzle a couple of extra Kool-Aids so the sugar-high helped too!

  • Hannah October 21, 2009, 7:23 pm

    Wow, I totally love this!!!! Sam did a fabulous job of the sewing! He should teach me how, ROFLMBO!

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 7:29 pm

    @Hannah, Thanks Hannah! He really did a great job, way steadier and more confident than I usually am.

  • Justine October 21, 2009, 7:27 pm

    Just showed Ryan and he said “Wow, that is so cool, can Sam make me one too??”.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 7:56 pm

    @Justine, absolutely … only criteria … HE has to drink the 15 juices :)

  • Ashley October 21, 2009, 7:30 pm

    Some days I sign on to your blog and just say, “Seriously Dude!” It’s amazing to me the things you create. If you feel like sharing the idea let me know, I’ve got a Mommy craft blog where ideas can be submitted (with full credit going to the creator and their blog) in a forum for everyone to try and enjoy. Check it out

    Great craft again. It’s almost your best, Georgia’s recycled shirt panties are my favorite.

  • MommyKnows October 21, 2009, 7:57 pm

    @Ashley, Thank you! I’d love to be on your craft blog. I’m going to check it out now.

  • pineapple princess October 21, 2009, 11:40 pm

    You are a complete genius! That is incredible! :)
    .-= pineapple princess´s last blog ..I’m Not a Wedding Photographer. I Just Play One On My Blog. =-.

  • MommyKnows October 22, 2009, 8:10 am

    @pineapple princess, Thank you! It’s true I am … LOL (not).

  • Jenn B October 22, 2009, 7:21 am

    wow! that’s super cool! i’ll have to file that one away with the candy sushi & recycled underwear ideas i intend to ‘someday’ get around to. :)
    .-= Jenn B´s last blog ..A Pic With Nene =-.

  • MommyKnows October 22, 2009, 8:11 am

    @Jenn B, Thanks Jenn! When you get around to it, I want to see pics.

  • Casey October 22, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Fantastic post! Where did you come up with the idea? How long do you think the Kool-Aid Cooler will last?

  • MommyKnows October 22, 2009, 8:17 pm

    @Casey, I think it will last a long time, it seems very durable.

  • Safire October 22, 2009, 4:02 pm

    This looks really cute! You are one talented lady. :)
    .-= Safire´s last blog ..Bushwacked =-.

  • Safire October 22, 2009, 4:03 pm

    And this is the first time I’ve been able to comment for DAYS!! Yay for working parts!
    .-= Safire´s last blog ..Bushwacked =-.

  • MommyKnows October 22, 2009, 8:18 pm

    @Safire, Ack! I had no idea the comments were acting funky. JennB finally tweeted me yesterday. I was getting some comments, but very few. I thought it was something I said. I was feeling pretty low.

  • jafer October 23, 2009, 5:54 am

    Holy crap – you amaze me! Where do you come up with these ideas… so interesting, so fun, so creative. Your kids must think you’re fabulous (or if they don’t now, they will remember back to how great you were as a mother).
    .-= jafer´s last blog ..iPod Crash =-.

  • Broke But Still Drinking October 23, 2009, 8:32 am

    He should be out cutting the grass and then raking the leaves. Kids need to be punished for missing school no matter how sick they may be.

    You can read this in chapter 5 of my new parenting book. I borrowed some of the neighborhood kids for my research.

  • Naomi October 25, 2009, 1:02 pm

    That turned out super cute! Your craftiness knows no bounds…
    .-= Naomi´s last blog ..Handmade Toys =-.

  • Safire October 25, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Just checking up on the comments. I never thought to tweet you about it! Shows you how much I use twitter…:)
    .-= Safire´s last blog ..Bushwacked =-.

  • Jenn B October 25, 2009, 4:43 pm

    also checking in on the comments… my laptop has decided to punk out on me again, it punked out while trying to comment an hour ago, so now on my husband’s computer…if you’re at all interested in those details. ;)
    .-= Jenn B´s last blog ..A Pic With Nene =-.

  • Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck October 25, 2009, 8:25 pm

    Are you kidding me?! This is about the coolest thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .-= Amber’s Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck´s last blog ..Grumpy Old Woman =-.

  • Debb October 27, 2009, 9:49 am

    Love the lunch bag, this was a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  • Silvia October 27, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Love it!! what a wonderful idea, I have tons of caprisun packets I should do something like this, well… I can try, I don’t know how to use a sewing machine, maybe your son can teach me :)

  • sandrine112 October 28, 2009, 2:56 am

    wow,that’s a good idea of recycling, i will try this in my free time…I’ve never try to recycle…
    .-= sandrine112´s last blog ..Voyage thalasso =-.

  • katie bowen November 13, 2009, 9:29 am

    you are amazing…as a beginner sewer do u have a sewing machine recommendation?

  • rogen November 17, 2009, 9:56 pm

    very informative and easy for my kids to learn such sewing. very good idea for recycling our waste and it would help our kids and environment also. thanks for the post

  • Gems bags January 17, 2010, 10:53 pm

    Thanks for blogging, I have so many empty Kool aid in my house. I love collecting empty wrappers especially juices.Try this
    .-= Gems bags ´s last blog ..Sugababes tell us their style secrets =-.

  • One Scrappy Gal March 21, 2010, 7:18 am

    Who was the first person to look at Kool Aid jammers and think “darn it! I MUST make a lunch bag out of that?!!”

    I think the finished product is adorable and what a great way to recycle!! I’m not nearly as crafty as you (the sewing machine scares me) so I will have to ride on the coattails of your accomplishments. Great job!! :-)

  • MommyKnows March 25, 2010, 7:27 am

    Hey Scrappy! Actually I think it was one of the execs at Kraft who had to come up with a way to make producing ‘non-recyclable’ juice containers OK. If the containers aren’t ‘upcycled’ they can’t be recycled.

  • sue young June 13, 2010, 10:06 am

    this is such a good idea! to bad i dont no how to sew. last time i tried i almost lost my finger and my son is horrible at it as well

  • Pete August 2, 2010, 5:53 am

    great idea! it’s good to see that you spend such a quality time with your son

  • Kylie Hackett November 9, 2010, 10:14 am

    Oh wow! I never thought about doing that!
    That is so awesome!
    I will have to try this!
    I love sewing, so this would be great for me to try!

    Kylie =]

  • april cindy February 19, 2011, 10:52 am

    is it hard to do that but i want to know who 2 make with the zipper lunch bag not a sticky thing ook

  • nonwoven bag December 16, 2011, 2:07 am

    Amazing, never thought about that.
    That’s a good way of slove that things, and it’s so special.

  • Mia August 6, 2012, 6:41 am

    OH MAI GOSH!! This is sooo fun I’m only 11 and I can do it! I LOVE IT! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

  • sue April 18, 2021, 9:28 pm

    I find the sides a little bit sharp, am I doing something wrong

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