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FREE for Earth Day: My Pouch Upcycling Book!

Planet Pouch

My little craft book is FREE today!

If you’re looking for green ideas this Earth Day, look no further. I’m making my Kindle craft book Planet Pouch: Simple Juice Pouch Bags Anyone Can Make FREE through Monday, April 22. So now’s the perfect time to grab this book and start turning those leftover juice pouches into something stylish!

No Kindle? No problem. You can read this book using the free Kindle Cloud Reader on any PC (or Mac). And if you like the book, please rate and review it on Amazon and Goodreads–I’ll be eternally grateful, and it’ll help others who like to make things find the book.

Happy Earth Day!

Planet Pouch is FREE Today!

Planet Pouch

My little craft book is FREE today!

Today is my birthday, and to celebrate, I decided to make Planet Pouch FREE today. So please: if you are reading this, go straight to Amazon.com and get yourself a copy, post a review and help me spread the word.

Planet Pouch: Simple Juice Pouch Bags Anyone Can Make is a craft how-to book that shows you how to turn those shiny juice pouches into fun bags and totes using a simple sewing machine. Tons of full-color photos and step-by-step instructions make the process easy.

And if you don’t have a Kindle, no problem. You can use the free Kindle Cloud Reader and read this (and thousands of other) ebooks on your computer.

Thank you, and have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Upcycled Crafts and Knitting Patterns Now at Etsy

Make It Today Etsy Shop

I’ve been writing knitting patterns for quite a while, but I’ve recently been making bags from juice pouches and writing instructions for those too. Many of my knitting patterns are available at Ravelry (some free!), but I’ve just opened up an Etsy shop to offer other crafty patterns and supplies. I’d be honored if you’d take a look!

An Open Letter to Kraft Foods, Makers of CapriSun

CapriSun New Pouch Design

To the CapriSun Customer Satisfaction Team:

I’ve been a fan of your product since I was a kid myself, and I now regularly buy CapriSun juice drinks for my children to enjoy. We drink at least one carton of your product each week, which adds up to a lot of juice.

In fact, I’m currently working on a craft book which shows people how to create their own bags and totes from used (and rinsed) juice pouches, especially the rectangular pouch you hold the patent on and use for CapriSun, Kool-Aid Jammers and others. I’ve not only been saving these pouches for over a year, but I’ve asked my kids to bring home the pouches that their friends drink at lunch which would otherwise go into the trash. So you can imagine: I’m building up quite a collection of your product pouches.

In the past when you’ve updated your pouch graphics, the changes haven’t bothered me. However, I’m noticing a subtle change lately that I’m not OK with: that of dropping the white ink from the regular CapriSun package. As you can see from the comparison photo above, the old style (with the flood of white ink behind the other colors) is much more visually appealing than the new style, which looks metallic and washed-out.

I understand that this is a cost-saving move; in fact, given the challenging economy, I appreciate you making this decision instead of providing a smaller package for the same price. However, I’m sure you could find other ways to cut printing costs–bring back the white and drop another spot color in a new design, move to four-color process (plus white!) instead of using spot colors, or drop one or more of the flavors that aren’t selling as well as the others (does anybody drink Orange, for instance?).

And one more thing: have you ever considered putting out a Variety Pack, with 10 (or 5) different flavors in a single carton? This would make for much more interesting bags for the low-volume users, and less-bored kids for the high-volume users. Just a thought.

Thank you for listening.

How to Keep 36 Juice Pouches Out of the Landfill

CapriSun Bags

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I found a little time to finally complete a project I’ve been wanting to work on: big (grocery-bag sized) totes made from saved CapriSun pouches!

The girls are pretty excited about their bags, although they don’t yet have big plans for what they intend to carry around in them.

After completing the first one, I realized that these would make great reusable grocery bags–perhaps even to hold frozen items (since they are plenty durable and made of foil)!

I sort of made this up, although I admit I used the instructions in the video below to make a couple of smaller bags a couple of months ago, so you could say I was inspired by SarahLynnTea (who is quite the little crafter–check out some of her other videos).

Now, can someone tell me how to stop saving these? Now that I’ve made something useful from a huge stack of them, I can’t throw another pouch away.