Another Made It Monday

It's Monday June 25th...I had to look at the calendar!! I can't believe half of my vacation in over.  I officially start back on July 25th, but you know I will be back in my class before that!  The students begin July 30th and I am busy prepping items for their return.

Today I am linking up with Tara again for her Monday Made It series and Miss Nelson for her Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It linky!

If you follow my blog regularly then you know I am following along with the Daily 5 Book Study for grades 1-3.  I will be hosting the last chapter so I have been busy at work reading, taking notes and working on ideas.  This week is Chapter 3 and it covers Good Fit books and using book boxes to store the books. 
I think it is a great idea, but I have no space for boxes, and I find they fall over easily, wear out, and often the books fall out the bottom of the cardboard boxes.

So I decided to make my own book bags.  I looked around to see what other people were using and a lot of people really like these from Really Good Stuff.

Store More® Medium Book Pouches – Neon Colors

So I looked at the dimensions and created a simple pattern in my head.  I went to the fabric store and picked out some fun fabric to go with my beach/surf theme.

I decided since I hadn't made one before  I better practice with some fabric I already had in case I didn't like it.

I found this in my fabric drawer.

 I forgot that I had it and didn't realize I had so much! I almost like it better than the new fabric!!

So I decided on the dimensions and just layed it out and cut a simple shape.

 Just sew up the sides. Hem the top and sew in the handles.  I forgot to take pictures once I got started!! I ended up making one of each color.  They look so nice!!
 I added a cute little surfboard name tag that I made...
 and had my model try it out.
 We fit 8 good sized books in there.

I think they will work great!! But now I am in a dilemma.  Do I use the fabric that I bought for the book bags originally or go back and buy more of this fabric?? I love the bright colors, but my daughters love the print. They said it was more kid friendly. Which do you like??

Thoughts, ideas, comments are greatly appreciated!!

Either way I love that I will have book bags for my classroom that can be hung up out of the way.
Don't forget to link up your craftiness over at Tara's blog 4th Grade Frolics and Run Miss Nelson's Got The Camera!


  1. omgosh girl, I was totally JUST at JoAnns looking for fabric for various projects...except, oddly, they didn't have any hawaiian/beachy fabric...weird...we DO live in FL, right?! lol...I may need you to send me some fabric - HA...or...I'll have look on etsy or something. yeesh. I didn't think it'd be that hard to get fabric like that, living in

  2. They are both so cute!

    Maybe you could do both? Unless you want them to all be the same.
    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilitites!

    1. thank you! I am leaning toward the first fabrics to match my decor. I may just make them all and sell them;)

  3. I like the old fabric. Love the bright colors and the surf board tag is the icing on the cake! So cute!!! Wish I could sew like that!!! Thanks for linking up:)) Love your bags!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. I would do a mix of both...they would look very cute together :) Love that idea!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

    1. Thank you Haley, I am considering using both:)

  5. Lovin' the fabric you found in your drawer. Those bags are awesome!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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  7. Very cute idea! You should sell them in your tpt store or set up an etsy account. see you soon ;)

    1. Thanks Julie!! If I had unlimited time I might, lol!! Omg I will probably see you in a few weeks!!

  8. I would do a mix of both! I think they'd look cute together. This is such a great idea. I wish I was this talented!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

    1. Katie you are very talented!! I have seen your blog and your cute ideas!!

  9. Love them both !!! You are definitely, officially crafty :)
    Cute helper too !

    1. Thank you Diane! I think she is pretty cute too;)

  10. Those are GREAT! I love them all (I'm no help -- ha ha)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  11. I personally really like the fabric you were already using. They look precious. As I'm going through the Monday Made It's I am REALLY wishing I could sew now! Wonderful job!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  12. These look great and soo easy to make! Thanks for sharing the idea:)

  13. These are awesome! Thank you for sharing!

    Little Treasures

  14. Thanks for linking up. I love the bright colors. Your little girl is precious. Good Luck

  15. Love these bags! I might steal the idea :] I'm a new follower via Ms. Beattie's blog!

    Miss V's Busy Bees


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