Those DIY t-shirt bags are all over Pinterest lately, and I think they're awesome...but I'm not a sewer (um, person who sews, that is). Like, I really, really don't sew. I can reattach a button to a shirt in a pinch (if I remember where my needle and thread are...and even then, that's iffy). But seriously, people, that's it. This past winter a hem on one of my dress pants came out. I re-hemmed my pants using duct tape (on the inside - I'm not that fashion-impaired!) and proceeded to wear them to work for a few weeks until I could get to my mom's house and have her sew them for me. To her credit, she didn't laugh or roll her eyes
So, I needed a mystery bag that involved no semblance of needle and thread...machine...anything that would require me to venture to the 'sewing' aisle of the store, really. I thought about jazzing up one of those reusable shopping bags...and then I stumbled across the Ten Minute No-Sew Recycled T-Shirt Bag!
Here is the original source's awesome Sonic the Hedgehog bag:
Leethal has an amazing, easy-to-follow tutorial complete with lots of photos on their blog, so I'm not going to tell you how to make this yourself - check out the post for the step-by-step. Trust me, this takes less than ten minutes. If I can do it, you can do it!
Here is the first bag I made - using an old t-shirt with our school mascot on it, which I thought was definitely appropriate for our class' Mystery Bag:
I liked how it turned out! But, then I thought an adult-sized bag/shirt might be a bit too deep for my kiddos to reach down into the bottom and really be able to explore the mystery object only using touch. So, I found this great kid-sized tie-dye shirt for 99 cents at Goodwill and voila:
This project was so fun - the hardest part was convincing myself I should not convert my entire t-shirt collection into cute totes for the farmer's market...the beach...I need something left in which to sleep, work out, or paint in! And the best part - it's completely FREE! (Okay, so I spent 99 cents on the Goodwill shirt. But it definitely could have easily been free!) Also...completely machine washable - always a plus with my students!
And of course, I've still been doing the printing-cutting-laminating thing in prep for next year. One major thing I did was make up my kids' notebooks for circle time. I'm totally redoing my morning circle (in format, not necessarily content) so I needed something different. They have never had notebooks for circle before; I think they'll like them, and it'll be a better way to fit some individual work in our whole-group time.
Scrappin Doodles. The blue bin to hold the notebooks I already had in my basement and it happened to be a perfect fit!
Inside each notebook (I didn't take photos) is a pencil pouch with their needed supplies - label stickers for patterning, a crayon and a pencil) and then, so far, pages for days of the week, patterning, tallying how many days we've been in school, and the weather. I used some of the materials from Mandy's Weekly Weather Graph (great! check it out!) and some I made myself. More will be added as we add skills throughout the year. I'm excited about this change after years of doing the same circle time!
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