Skittles sweet tooth pouch

We don’t normally have a lot of candy in the house.  Well, the Halloween candy (at least nothing with chocolate – because that’s all eaten within hours) is still in a jar in the kitchen cupboard.  This little project was inspired by my son who asks for candy from the brightly colored packages at the checkout at Target.

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

So, here’s a little “sweet tooth” pouch.

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

You’ll need two candy pouches – I used skittles and M&Ms.  You could use candy bars too (you just might need more than one per side to make it a bit bigger).


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

You’ll also need:

iron-on vinyl
a zipper (7 – 9″ works well)
two pieces of fabric for lining (each should be the size of your candy wrapper).

thread, sewing machine, zipper foot, iron, X-acto knife

UPDATE:  Several of you have emailed me asking where to find iron-on vinyl.  Well most fabric stores do carry it with the interfacing.  I picked mine up at Jo-Ann’s, although I did have to insist that the employee at the cut counter look for it (since she was convinced they didn’t have it, but of course, they did).  You can also purchase it online in several places including Jo-Ann’s and Amazon.

First, we’ll put the vinyl onto our candy wrappers.  Carefully remove the back of the candy wrapper leaving the top piece fully intact.

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Cut two pieces of vinyl slightly larger than the wrapper.  Peel off the paper backing and stick to the front of the wrapper, smoothing out with your fingers.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Using a clean rag (or ironing cloth), iron the vinyl for 8-10 seconds on medium heat.  Repeat for the other side.  Trim any excess vinyl.  Repeat for the other wrapper.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Now that you have your wrappers covered in vinyl, we’ll assemble the pouch.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Place your lining fabric right side up and then place the zipper on top matching the edges.  Zipper should be facing up, as in the photo.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Place the wrapper on top (right side down).


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Increase your stitch length and using a zipper foot, sew along the length of the zipper.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Fold over the front and lining (so wrong sides are now touching) and add the other piece of lining and wrapper to the other side of the zipper.

Now the top looks like this:

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

and the other side looks like this:


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Now fold the bag so the the lining is touching and the wrappers are touching (right sides together) like this:


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Starting with the lining, sew around the bag.

Make sure you pull the zipper partway open so you can turn it inside out later.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

When you get to a zipper, make sure it’s “pushed” toward the lining.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Continue around the bag, leaving a large opening at the bottom for turning.  A large opening is best (even larger than pictured below).  The vinyl wrapper is a bit stiff and difficult to fit through a small opening.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Trim the extra zipper bits and trim the corners (turning points).

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Carefully turn the bag right side out.  Sew up the bottom of the lining (by hand or machine) and tuck it into the pouch.

Skittles sweet tooth pouch

Don’t forget to have your little one fill it with treasures – a favorite car, a new library card and of course, a frog.


Skittles sweet tooth pouch



108 Comments on Sweet Tooth Pouch

      • Is it possible to do this without a sewing machine? Can it be sewn by hand? I don’t have a sewing machine and I don’t know anyone that has one! And I really want to make one of these!

        • There are plenty of tutorials out there for making these without a sewing machine. Just Google no sew candy wrapper pouch. It involves a stapler. 🙂

  1. TOO COOL. Maybe my kids will eat a healthy snack from such a cool bag. What great gifts to give to little ones as well. Cant wait to make.

  2. This is a super great idea! Some years, for birthday presents for my grandchildren, I just send them money, but I’m always thinking of a fun way to send it. This would be so cute to make and tuck the birthday money inside! I’m doing it!!

  3. I have always avoided things like this with zippers…but you make it looks so easy…I think I can do it…can’t wait to try! Thanks so much..the grand kids will love it!!

  4. This is so awesome! I’m definitely making some for my nieces and nephews. I found some iron-on vinyl in the section by the pre-packaged interfacing (I think it’s heat n bond). Found your blog thru Anna at Noodlehead, really enjoying looking around!

  5. una spiegazione più che perfetta…ma c’è in italiano??????al mercatino delle “pari opportunità” al quale ho partecipato per la festa della donna c’erano borse fatte con l’involucro dei pacchetti di caffè….originalissime,ma forse lo sai già…ciaooo e complimenti!!adry

  6. I actually have some iron-on vinyl I bought a few years ago on clearance! I’m including these in my Earth Day round-up tomorrow!

  7. This is incredibly nice! We often throw candy wrappers ones we consumed all its sweet delight. But what we didn’t know is that even the smallest wrapper can clog drains. To keep our environment clean, we should learn to recycle just like this one.

      • It wouldn’t have the same flexibility the vinyl has and it may discolor and loose adhesion over time. If you give it a try, let me know how it works!

        • It doesn’t work well at all the glue from it will mess up your needle! I’m going to try the vinyl I pray it doesn’t do it again. I also had a problem with it tearing right through the tape and package

  8. I just made one out of Pirates Booty bag and it is so cute! I think it took a total of about 20 minutes to make. Thank you!!

  9. Just made this for a christmas present for a friend. (i’m 16 years old) Loved making it, and I ate all the candy. which im slightly ashamed of. 🙂 awesome tutorial though. thanks!

  10. Loved the idea and here is what I did – I made one like you suggested and used the iron on vinyl. I started to make the first bag and I melted it – my iron was too hot – and I bought the larger bag of candy! Made a second bag (much cooler iron)using fabric for the back and put the iron on vinyl on it. After completing it, I felt that the vinyl make it too stiff and crinkly.I also didn’t like the zipper installed that way (It is a personal preference of mine.) I then made another bag, no iron on vinyl, installed the zipper a little differently and put a little pleat in the bottom so the bag stands up. This one is softer and I like it better. I will be giving these bags to my grand daughters as a Christmas gift. I can send photos if you would like to see my bags.

    Cindy Roth

  11. Thanks for the excellent tutorial – definitely a much cleaner view in my mind of how to install a zipper and turn everything. Best tute I’ve seen!

  12. This is so cool! I am definitely making one for my nephew! He’ll probably love this, but I’m going to use wrappers from his favorite chocolates! I’m sure he’ll love that even more!

  13. This is really awesome! I really want to make this but could I use something else instead of vinyl? For example that plastic foil we use to wrap our notebooks in?

  14. How fantastic is this!!! I have a supply of iron-on vinyl– guess I will have to go get some candy!! Thanks for this tutorial!!!

  15. My sewing group asked that we bring in an idea for something made from a recycled item so I made one of these. Thanks for the great idea!

  16. If you buy the fun size (large) skittles bag the material is more like plastic so you can skip the iron on vinyl step – though you could reinforce inside with duct tape to make the wrapper stronger – otherwise, good tutorial.

  17. is it okay if the zipper isn’t quite long enough for the fabric? like, the candy wrapper is not as big as the zipper, but the handle is beneath the wrapper

  18. I love your picture of the iron. I used to work for Rowenta in Germany and may have made your iron depending on how old it was. I also did the coffee makers with the clear tube that you could see the water with the little red ball in it (I put the ball in the tube).

  19. Hello!

    I LOVE this idea and I really want to try it out, though I live in Europe and I’ve been trying to see if I can find any of this iron-on vinyl. I do find some, but I am not sure if it is the same as the one you use here. Is it possible to bug you into putting up a link to the product you use? Those I could find on both Jo-Ann and Amazon is the “Heat’n Bond Iron-on Vinyl-17”W x 2yds”, but I am not sure if it is the right one. Is there a different brand that I could use as well?

    Thanks in advance!

  20. I just made this and I couldn’t get tight corners and turning it inside out with the sticky vinyl made too many creases. I was going to round the corners and complete the outside and inside as two seperate pieces then hand sew the inside to the zipper. Can’t wait to try it this way:) great idea though love it

  21. Lots of potential for different sized bags in October ! Good excuse to buy candy then even tho we are rural and get no trick-treaters. Thank you for a well written tut.

  22. GREAT tutorial. I love all the little details and the pictures. I feel confident that I can make one of these pouches after your great instructions. THANKS !!!!

  23. I used the clear peel and stick laminate. YOu can get a huge roll of it at Walmart for under $4. Works very well. (like the contact shelf paper)

  24. These would make amazing pencil cases for any child at school. 😀 Love the re-cycling sweet wrappers idea.
    However, the turning part is confusing.

    • The turning instructions are the standard method for any lined pouch. If you’ve never made a lined pouch start with a fabric version to learn the basic construction and then try the vinyl pouch. If you don’t want to turn it, when you have your sides (and optional lining) sewn to the zipper, you can place the right sides of your pouch out (folded like your finished pouch should look) and sew around the outside of the pouch securing the raw edges with binding.

  25. Such a lovely idea! My girls gonna love this pouch, and it’s a good recycling lesson for them. We are trying recently to recycle more at home an to minimize the rubbish we produce. Thank you for sharing this nice idea!

  26. Well, I made this pouch and it was more difficult than I thought it would be. Ironing on the vinyl wasn’t a problem, turning it was. I think the photo where you say to leave the zipper open a little should say “Leave the zipper open as far as you can before sewing around the sides and leaving a LARGE opening for turning. Also, rounded corners would definitely be better, because you cannot get a sharp corner without ripping through the vinyled candy wrapper. Definitely use a longer stitch length, otherwise when turning, once again, the candy wrapper will rip out it’s seam.

  27. Made several. When I turned bag out, the zipper ends did not turn out squarely, as pictured. How did you manage to get zip corners to turn out the way pictured? The bags of candy make tinier bags than I expected, not big enough for pencils. Also found the stitching is unforgiving – if you make a mistake you can’t rip out stitching that has perforated the seam. Any pointers? All said, this is a nice idea and thank you for sharing it!

  28. I think I am doing something wrong, the candy bag (lager size Skeetles tears at the zipper part, Do I need to use a heavy clear tape, I am using a a duck tape packing one, do I need to use a different needle like a ball point, or something else please let me know.

    • Clear tape is too tacky for this project and will gum up your needle making it difficult to sew. Iron on vinyl (which I used) is much different. I doesn’t gum up the needle.

  29. These are absolutely the cutest. I’ve just finished making one and will use it as one of my projects for the Kid’s Sewing Camp that I’m teaching this summer. The kids will love it.

  30. Thank you for the great tutorial. They were offering this as a class here in Fremont, NE and I was unfortunately not available to take it. I successfully made a ‘bag’ out of a 10 x 15″ bags of fruity tootsy rolls. My daughter will love it!

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