Introduction: Capri Sun Wallets

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I love making things out of empty Capri Sun drink containers. The packaging is shiny, colorful, and almost indestructable. Unfortunately, the indestructability also prevents regular recyclers from re-using them. So, what to do with the containers? Make some great wallets! I've made dozens of these in various designs and given them away. Here's one of my favorite designs, suitable for guys or gals, big or small.

Notes:  (1) Backstitch 2 or 3 stitches at the beginning and end of the seams to secure them; and (2) sorry for the glare in the photos - those juice bags are so shiny, my phone camera is not high-quality, this is my first Instructable, blah, blah.....enjoy.

Step 1: Materials

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Materials needed for one wallet:

1. 3 or 4 clean Capri-Sun containers; a few extras are good for mistakes
2. Sewing machine
3. Scissors
4. Ruler & pen
6. 1 or 2 sheets of cardstock for templates
5. Stick-on velcro tape (optional)

Step 2: Wash and Dry Containers

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With scissors (or a knife), cut a slit the full length of the fold in the bottom of the containers. Fill with water and wash well so they are no longer sticky. Drain well upside down until dry inside. If you can't wait, go on to the next step and dry the pieces with a towel after you cut them apart.

Step 3: Separate the Layers

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Have the back of the container facing up. Insert scissors into the long slit at the bottom.  Cut carefully and neatly close to the inside edges of the silver side  - without cutting the underlayer.  You want to preserve the silver "back" as a rectangle.  For each container, you have one "front" with the logo and a silver "back."  Cut all 4 containers this way.  Trim off the small semi-circles where you made the original slit.

Step 4: Make Templates

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Using cardstock, make one template for each size as follows:

a. 5-1/8" x 3-7/8"  (for backs)
b. 4-3/4" x 3-1/8"  (for long pocket)
c. 4-1/8" x 2-3/4"  (for larger card pocket)
d. 3-7/8" x 2-3/8"  (for small card pocket)

Note:  the two last templates in the photos are demonstrated in Step 17, but do not need to be cut out as templates.

Step 5: Make the Outside of the Wallet

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Take two Capri-Sun "fronts."  Using the 5-1/8" template, mark a line so that each piece is exactly length of the template. Cut each piece carefully and straight.  If the pieces are not straight, the wallet will be skewed when finished.

Step 6: Mark Seam Line

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On one of the "fronts," mark a 3/8" seam line from the cut edge. Put the two pieces together so the logos are FACING each other. Fold a bit of tape at the top and bottom to hold the pieces together. 

Step 7: Sew the Two Pieces Together

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Sew the 3/8" seam carefully and straight

Step 8: Open the Long Pocket

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Open up the pieces and flatten the seam - the pieces should meaure 9-1/2" together. Note: if your seam was not straight,  your long piece will be slighly skewed. If it's not too skewed, leave it. If it's badly skewed, you could remove the thread and re-sew it, but the holes from the first seam won't disappear. It might be better to try again with two new pieces.

Step 9: Trim the Corners of the Ends

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Trim the tiny rectangles from each corner per the photo.  This prevents unnecesary thickness at the corners when they are folded over.

Step 10: Fold the Long Top Edge

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Fold the long, stiff top edge to the inside and flatten with your thumbnail, especially the seam join.  Then sew it down 1/8" from edge.  

Step 11: Cut the Long Pocket Pieces

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Use the 4-3/4" x 3-1/8" template.  Trace the template on each of two silver "backs" with a pen.  Cut out carefully.  Using your ruler, draw a 3/8" seam line along one narrow edge with a pen.  Put the pieces together, shiny sides facing, and tape top and bottom. 

Step 12: Sew the Long Pocket Pieces

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Sew the two pieces along the seam line carefully. Open the pieces; the long pocket should measure 8-3/4". Then fold the long top edge a bit less than 1/4" to the non-shiny side. Flatten firmly with thumbnail. Sew the folded edge down carefully close to edge.

Step 13: Make the Cardholders

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Use the two cardholder templates that are 4-1/8" x 2-3/4"  and 3-7/8" x 2-3/8".  Trace the larger template onto a silver "back" and cut out the piece.  Trace the smaller template onto a Capri Sun "front" and cut out the piece. 

Step 14: Fold and Sew Top Edges

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On each cardholder, fold the top edge down to the back a bit less than 1/4", and flatten firmly with thumbnail. Then, sew the fold as close to the edge as possible.

Step 15: Sew the Pockets Together

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Lay the smaller cardholder on top of the larger cardholder, LEFT and BOTTOM edges touching.  Put a bit of tape to hold them together. Sew along the RIGHT edge of the smaller cardholder to attach it to the larger cardholder.

Step 16: Sew Cardholders Onto Long Pocket

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Now place the double cardholders on top of the long pocket. Use small pieces of tape to hold them together.  Sew only the RIGHT side of the LARGER cardholder to affix it to the long pocket.

Step 17: Make the Coin Holder

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Take another Capri Sun "front" and trim the design along the sides, top, and bottom curve per photo. Cut the piece in two so that each piece is 2-1/2" high.  Note:  if you don't have sticky-back Velcro, you can sew on regular Velcro now before coin holder is attached.  See Step 24 for placement.

Step 18: Make Coin Holder Bottom

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Fold the  top of the rectangular piece a bit less than 1/4" and stitch along the edge. Then lay the pocket on the long pocket, CENTERED with the BOTTOM edges touching.  Tape to hold, and stitch the LEFT and RIGHT sides only (do not stitch top edge, of course).

Step 19: Make Top Flap for Coin Holder

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Take the curved piece and make a firm crease 1/4" to inside. Open the flap and place the crease above the coin purse per photo.  Tape the bottom edge down. Now stitch the flap on the wrong side of the material onto the long pocket along the 1/4" crease. (Yes, there are two creases in photo because I mis-folded it the first time.)

Step 20: Stitch Entire Bottom of Long Pocket

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In one continuous seam, stitch as close to edge as possible of the long pocket, afftixing the coin holder and cardholders. 

Step 21: Put Long Pocket in Wallet Fold

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Take the wallet back with the logos and turn up the bottom edge 1/4".  Flatten firmly with thumbnail, especially the seam join.  Place the long pocket firmly against the fold inside the wallet.  Tape the top and sides. 

Step 22: Sew Long Pocket to Wallet Back

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Sew 1/8" from bottom edge to affix the long pocket to wallet back. 

Step 23: Sew Sides of Wallet

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Taper the edge of the sides per the photo so they won't flare out. when folded.

Step 24: Sew Sides

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Fold edges of wallet sides to the inside. Stitch 1/8" seams on each side. Optional: Attach small pieces of sticky-backed Velcro to flap and coin purse.

Step 25: Finished!

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Your wallet is finished - congratulations and yay!  There are many variations you can make to the design: e.g. more card pockets, no coin holder, double-size for a checkbook, tri-fold, or velcro a flap at the end, etc.  The only limitations are the number of Capri Sun containers you can get.  Ask your friends to save them for you.  You'll be making a great project, having fun, and recycling, too!


gwebisu (author)2011-08-11

Here is the description of the pouch material from the Capri Sun manufacturer:

"CAPRI SUN pouches are polyester-reverse side printed to aluminum then laminated to polyethylene (a plastic polymer). Unfortunately, this packaging is not recyclable. "

brianashe (author)gwebisu2015-01-08

Capri Sun pouches can now (3 years later) be recycled. The back of current boxes talks about their program through You can even get money if your school collects lots of pouches. (I think it's about $20 per 430 empty pouches.)

shantinath1000 (author)2011-08-09

I wonder if the foil in the pouch makes them RFID proof?

I wondered the same thing. Somebody make one and test it out! These look spectacular.

why would you want to risk a credit card?!?!

There is no risk.

The comment was merely referring it as a possible EM shield.
I also would like to know this will stop EMF getting though.

brianashe (author)ProCactus2015-01-08

I did some testing with empty pouches and my RFID entry badge at work. Each layer of foil reduces the reader's range so it will offer some protection but it's not complete. In air, my badge can be read from about 8 inches away. At six layers (3 flattened pouches) I had to get the badge to within 1/2 inch to be read.

gwebisu (author)wilgubeast2011-08-11

Thank you! The description of the pouch material from Capri Sun is below-- but, sorry, I do not know the RFID answer, though.

gwebisu (author)shantinath10002011-08-11

The description of the pouch material from Capri Sun is below-- but, sorry, I do not know the RFID answer

pfisk1 (author)2013-10-26

Do you need to use a special needle or special thread? I'm a beginner quilter and I just don't want to break my needles or not have the thread be strong enough!

gwebisu (author)pfisk12013-10-26

Hi--Standard needles and thread are fine, i use the smallest needle I have, usually a 9 or 11. Have fun!

sgariano (author)2013-07-27

This looks like fun and my kids can help. Could be a great fund raiser for youth groups too!

gwebisu (author)sgariano2013-07-27

Thanks, and good luck. My friends who eat chips also like the potato chip wallet I posted.

chiquita63 (author)2013-02-26

Love this post. Just made my first and can't wait to make more!!!

Rhii16 (author)2012-06-30

It would be very helpful if you could make a video!!

gwebisu (author)Rhii162012-07-05

That's a good idea. I need to get my pal Shift! who is an Instructabrarian to help me. Meanwhile, if there's anything confusing in my instructions as posted, let me know and I will be glad to help you.

miss_robot (author)2012-03-29

this was really cool looking.. but i dont have the skills to make one lol.. would u b able to sell me one??

gwebisu (author)miss_robot2012-04-04

Send me your address by "private message.". There is a link on the left side of the screen under my info and photo

Johnny Lavabo (author)2011-12-29

Mine really is indestructable! I've used it everyday now for more than three months and it's still as nice as in the beginning. I'm plannign to make another one...

gwebisu (author)Johnny Lavabo2011-12-29

I love hearing that--- thanks for the post!

Po1nd3xter (author)2011-09-03

I thought this Instructable was a little difficult, but definitely cool! There's nothing I like more than sitting back and sippin' on a Capri. And now I get to show off my wallet to everyone!

gwebisu (author)Po1nd3xter2011-09-03

Your wallet looks fantastic!! I'm so pleased you posted the pictures. Thanks! Your next one will be a breeze. Maybe you'd like to try my Potato Chip Wallet to go with your Capri Sun wallet?

rbynum (author)gwebisu2011-09-29

would you be willing to sell me one or two of these wallets i really want one and it would be a great gift to give to my dad but unfortunately i cant make this because i dont have a sewing machine and i lack the required skill

gwebisu (author)rbynum2011-10-01

Pls click on "send private message" under author "gwebisu" name. Thanks

SHIFT! (author)2011-08-08

Very good first Instructables! Love that you included your design plans!

gwebisu (author)SHIFT!2011-08-12

Thank you!

randofo (author)2011-08-08

Great project. I never realized how easy it was to sew these things together.

gwebisu (author)randofo2011-08-12

Yep, not hard to sew at all (except for the glare). Thanks!

cambob97 (author)2011-08-09


gwebisu (author)cambob972011-08-11

Hear hear!

scoochmaroo (author)2011-08-09

I love this and cannot wait to make one! If it's not RFID proof, I know just the thing. . .

gwebisu (author)scoochmaroo2011-08-11


canida (author)2011-08-09

Wow, very nice!

gwebisu (author)canida2011-08-11

Thank you!

splazem (author)2011-08-10

Awesome! I have to make one...

gwebisu (author)splazem2011-08-11


thenewdays (author)2011-08-11

Instead of sewing, you could use a seam sealer from a foodsaver machine. The vac bag hot strip. I use it to seal chip bags and cheese and lots of other things.

gwebisu (author)thenewdays2011-08-11

I tried it with a sealer and it did not work. BUT I will be posting another Instructable soon that actually can use a sealer

whosdadog (author)thenewdays2011-08-11

The caprisun pouches are thin aluminum. The seam sealers generally only work on plastic bags. If you put one in a foodsaver, you might just melt the ink.

xenor (author)whosdadog2011-08-11

They'd still be plastic coated, and I assume they're heat sealed when filled at the factory.

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