Monday, January 11, 2010

Juicy and Green!

No, I am not talking about a vegetable!  I mean this project-creating a fun and fancy cover for a purchased plastic juice box.  You can go “green” and fill your child’s lunch box with healthy juice or drink of your choice!  No more purchased juice boxes filling up our landfills.  If you really want to be “green” you can use your fabric scraps or even your old jeans!  
This project took me 15 minutes, from start to finish!  If you choose to embroider, you will have to add embroidering time to your cover!!

Supplies Needed
Fabric Scrap 9.5 by 7.5 inches (prewashed)
Embroidery Design and Stabilizer(optional)
Regular Sewing Supplies
Rubbermaid Litterless Juice Box

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  This is the Rubbermaid Juice box.  It can be purchased where rubbermaid food storage containers are sold.  The big box stores and some grocery stores even have them!

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Cut a piece of fabric 9.5 by 7.5 inches.  I suggest using your rotary cutter and ruler, as this gives nice clean lines.  You can also just measure and cut your fabric without these accessories!

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Fold your fabric in half and it should measure 3.75 by 9.5 inches.   Place the open side down and fold edge on top.  Finger press the folded edge or iron if you prefer a crisp line like I do!!   If you are using your embroidery machine to place a design, measure 1.5 inches on each short end(if you want designs on both front and back of juice box).  Otherwise, just measure as shown above on (1) one side using either disappearing ink or water soluble pencil!
**If you are not embroidering and just using fabric, you can skip this step of marking lines.**

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Place the fabric in your hoop with your open edge as bottom of embroidery design.  Make sure your design fits within your lines and allow for a seam allowance of 1/4”  on the bottom edge.  I had to resize my design so it would fit, but there are MANY fun designs you can use. 

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Make sure your fabric is again folded to 3.75 by 9.5 inches with right sides together  and sew a seam along the 9.5 inch bottom edge.  You can use your serger or a regular sewing machine.  Turn the fabric to right side, so it looks like the picture below!   Iron flat!  A necessary step, IMO!

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I chose to put only 1 embroidery design on my cover, but if you chose 2 designs, your cover will look different!
Optional step:  I topstitched my cover at this point along the 9.5 inch edge, both top and bottom, using brown thread to compliment my fabric.  You can do the same, or you can omit this step!  I like to do this as IMO, it is sturdier and the fabric stays even.

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Fold fabric right sides(embroidery design side) together,  9.5 inch side folded to 4.25 inches.  Seam together using your serger or sewing machine.  I sewed a 1/4” inch seam, but you may have to test this before you sew the seam.  Cutting exact measurements for your original scrap fabric really helps here!!   Either method of sewing works fine, and especially if  a sewing machine was used, place fray block along your sewn seam and let dry for a few minutes.  This will prevent the fabric from fraying!

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Turn cover to right side and slip onto the rubbermaid container!  You can machine wash this cover!   Enjoy and everyone will be “green” with envy with this fun and functional juice box! 
Both appliqués I used can be found at: http://lynniepinnie.com/shop/embroidery-fonts/cat_51.html?page=1

The “L” appliqué is called Appliqué Spunky Font.
The “S” appliqué is called Appliqué Flower Font.

Just Juicy,

3 comments:

Andrea said...

I LOVE this idea! And it also makes the plain old juice box recognizable in the middle of a lunch table full of kindergartners! Thanks for the tute!

banuca said...

Good idea for kids...Thanks.

Cole's Corner said...

Cute idea! I think I'll have to add this to my to do list.
So glad to have found your blog!

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