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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think the orange thread Sam picked out looks great.
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.
Start by sewing the sides to the bottom piece. You’ll end up with a long narrow strip.
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.
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.
Below is the finished product:
I hope you like it! What kind of creations have you made from recycled items, or what’s on your list?
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