hey kool-aid!!

I saw some Kool-Aid totes on Stella’s blog (see July 29 post) and thought it’d be fun to make one. I envisioned not a tote but a mini duffel, and here’s how it turned out:
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It was pretty interesting sewing on these foil wrappers. The worst part was bleeding the bladders of the blue Kool-Aid (my arms turned blue) and cleaning the wrappers. It sewed up fairly quickly, but the foil wrappers don’t perform well under too much handling, so hidden seams and turning things inside out probably wasn’t such a great idea. Still, I think it came out pretty cute (cutely?), and it’s waterproof!
Specs: I basically made up the pattern as I went along. I used one case of juice (9 packages). I sewed 3 together for the front, and another 3 together for the back. For the bottom I cut one package in half and sewed it into a long strip. I then sewed the front and the back to the bottom strip, sewed the webbing on (one long piece), then the zipper. I then kind of guessed on the size of the circular side pieces. It was necessary to cut one more package in half and sew the half to one full piece to make it wide enough for the circles. Sew the side circles on with right sides together. It will be messy, and you’ll have to use pins, which will leave holes. Contact me if you have questions!

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10 Responses to hey kool-aid!!

  1. Rae says:

    definitely cutely! my five yo needs a wet-proof swim tote, i wonder how well it would hold up? i don’t think i’d have any problems draining the bladders, my guys would suck them dry in no time.
    did you sew this on your new machine? did it require a teflon foot?

  2. claudia says:

    Originality thy name is SuperEggplant.

  3. Elaine says:

    Very cute. Does it seem sturdy?

  4. Meg says:

    Cute! I wonder if they’d send one some empty packages, just for fun . .

  5. melissa says:

    That is pretty damn cool! It turned out great.

  6. Bruce says:

    Kool, dude. Hey I tried the same thing using Charmin, but it was just too fragile, especially when wet. Oh, yeah, . . . I’m back.

  7. Julia says:

    You are so friggin’ creative. I love your style and sense of fun.

  8. stella says:

    WOW! that’s great! Nice duffle shape! :)

  9. jenn says:

    that’s an awesome bag! i’ve seen several using tang, capri sun, etc. do you use a special needle?

  10. That is really a fabulous duffle bag! I’m extremely impressed and think I will dust off my sewing machine. Say, how do you make those Japanese scrubbies? They are cool!

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