Tutorial: How to make Gatorade Gunny Sacks

Last night the critters and I were at the Pleasant Grove Promenade again for the last event of the season. I had afew of my Gatorade Gunny Sacks there, and people were wondering what they were for. My suggestions were colored pencils, gum, and change. What more does a kid need to tote around, right? Plus, it’s a green way to do it.

You will need a clean Gatorade bottle, (or I have found that Powerade works with adjustments.) Also a good box knife and an awl. I got my awl several years ago for a college bookbinding course. I was surprised that even though I had never heard of it, the tool was a common find at the fabric store.

First, notice the first indent in the bottle design down from the cap. This is where you use the box knife to cut the bottle. Using caution, run the knife along the indent all the way around the bottle.

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Second, using caution, use the awl to make evenly spaced holes all the way around the bottle on the next remaining indent in the bottle. This will be the indent just down from where you cut.

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Third, cut from a scrap piece of fabric a rectangular piece that is 11.5 inches long and 5.5 inches wide. Folding over one of the long sides twice, create a hem that is about half an inch wide. (Make the hem about twice this size for a Powerade Gunny Sack.)

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Fourth, on the opposite side of both short ends, you will be folding over a quarter inch of fabric and sewing it to about 1.5 inches long.

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Fifth, place the found string or ribbon across the top of the fabric the long way, about half an inch from the top. (Side without the long half inch hem.) Fold over the fabric. The string should now be enclosed in the small hem you made on the short sides of the cloth. Pin and hem, being careful not to catch the string as you sew.

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Sixth, fold over the short sides of the fabric to match the short hem. Place them together, squared, and sew down the outside on the right side of the fabric, only from the hem stitch that goes lengthwise across the top by the string all the way to the bottom.

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Seventh, put the lower hem around the top edge of the cut bottle. It should be a fairly snug fit. Use embroidery floss to sew the fabric to the bottle by putting floss first through the fabric just above the hem, and then through the hole made with the awl. Continue around the bottle and tie it off.

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Then you are done!
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Here are some of my gunny sacks made with Powerade bottles.croppedpowerade

Thanks for upcycling and enjoy!

Originally posted on http://www.upcycleshed.blogspot.com on Sep. 5, 2015

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