Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Take Along Juice Mix Pouch

Being a mother of two small children I often get frustrated when we go out to eat. Most restaurants do not offer a selection of drinks for little ones. If they do have something, it's either the red fruit punch, that stains, or it's milk, which neither of mine can drink. There is always the option of bringing juice cups but, I either forget to fill and take them or they get left in the car and are found 2-3 days later when it smells like we are making wine in the car. I have seen several of the tea wallets floating around and thought I could adapt something like that to carry the little juice packets that are so common now. I just put my packets in the pouch and can leave them in the car until they are ready to be used. No more stains or homemade wine.

Here's what you'll need:
7 1/2" x 8 1/2" fabric for front (outside)
7 1/2" x 8 1/2" fabric for inside
4" x 7 1/2" fabric for pocket
14" piece thin ribbon for ties
7 1/2" x 8 1/2" lightweight fusible interfacing

1. Cut and iron all fabric

2. Fold pocket piece in half and iron crease. Place this on inner fabric with the folded crease on top and all 3 sides meeting.

3. Baste all three side of pocket to inner fabric using the smallest seam allowance possible.

4. Fold entire piece in half and iron. This creates a center line.

5. Stitch 1/2" inch away from center on each side. Also stitch 1/2" away from both edges.

6. Sew a 1 1/4" line away from side seam and also away from center line. Do this on both sides of the crease. I start with my pocket fold on top and stitch down to the bottom and back stitch 1 or 2 stitches at the top to "lock" the thread.

7. You should now have 2 pockets on each side of the crease. I put my juice in to make sure they would fit.

8. Iron interfacing to wrong side of your front(outside) fabric and trim any excess.

9. Place right sides of front (outside) fabric and inside fabric together. Cut you ribbon into 2 7" pieces and sandwich them in between the layers. Only leave enough sticking out to be caught in seam. Sew all layers together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a small section at the top for turning.

10. Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch all around the pouch on all 4 sides. This will close up the opening used for turning.

11. Place your juice in pocket.

12. Fold down top.

13. Fold in half and tie with ribbon.


visaac929 said...

really creative you must take your sewing skills from your mother!

Amber said...

Actually, mom, I think you learned your sewing skills from me! :)