A few days back, in this post I proposed a little contest whereby people were supposed to guess how much money I spent at Hancock Fabrics last week. The closest guess would be the winner of a mini Capri-Sun purse. And that person is.....................Amber! With a guess of $122, Amber was $41.01 over my actual amount which was $80.99. However, with only three guesses she was the closest guess. Jo was a close second with a guess that was $43.70 UNDER my expenditure. Yes, I know that is a crazy amount to spend, but I got several yards of fabric which will make many projects and will probably also find their way into various gifts, so it's really not such a bad thing after all (at least that's what I'm telling myself). So, email me Amber, and I'll get that little bag whipped up for you!
On a related note, I finished the Capri Sun beach bag and have included a couple of photos below. One tip I learned after bending the tips of two needles on my machine is this: when sewing the handles of the bag, the presser foot tends to get gunked up on the bottom from sewing over the adhesive residue that is used to hold the straw packet on the front of the juice pouch. This doesn't happen on the other steps of the bag because you are just sewing across the top, bottom or sides of the pouch. I don't know how to prevent this, but what I did when I figured out that that was the problem is to remove my presser foot and scrape the sticky stuff off. Yeah, I know, real scientific, but hey, it worked!
This big baby used a total of 52 pouches. It would definitely be large enough to hold a couple of beach towels, lotion, water bottles, etc.
Here's the side view. Another tip I have learned the hard way is that you should attach the handles to your front and back panels BEFORE attaching those panels to the side panels. The same is true if you plan to add a little Velcro tab to the inside top of the bag to keep it closed. I like to sew little Velcro rectangles on the purses to hold them closed, but I don't usually put those on the beach bags. Also, for the handles I use 5 pouches sewn together end to end then folded in thirds and stitched along each long side using a straight stitch. For the beach bags using this many pouches gives you handles long enough to loop over your shoulder. (I use only three pouches for the handles of the little purses.)