Did you know March is known as the National Reading Month? I didn’t either… obviously I’m far from my English Major days where I was reading 7 different books at a time (Now I feel accomplished if I get through a gossip magazine). Well, in any case, it is. To encourage little (and big) readers, this ridiculously easy craft is just the ticket!
Well, luckily for my kids I’m passing on my (apparent dead) love for reading by taking them to the library on a regular basis. I usually bring a bag that doubles as a grocery bag, but my son loves anything that he can call his own (and will fight to carry it, meaning less work for me! ha!), so what better than a personalized library tote? The bags not only carry their borrowed books from the library, but they’re hung here to store the finished books to be returned on the next library visit.
All I needed were two canvas bags, iron-on letters, scissors, an iron, ironing board, a piece of felt (which I used for the ampersand sign), and some fabric glue.
To get the letters on straight, I used a piece of 3M tape and measured it from the bottom, making sure it was as straight across as possible. Then I lined my letters up (which I didn’t do yet in this picture), before I started ironing them on one letter at a time.
I used the black flocked letters (that felt fuzzy to the touch). What I would do next time is cut as close around the letters before ironing them on, as they left some fuzz marks on the canvas. I went simple with my son’s bag:
For my daughter’s bag, I used the same flocked letters for the first word, but decided to used gold glittery iron-ons for the second. I also could not for the life of me fine an ampersand sign in Michaels (which is where I got everything for these bags), so I just free-handed one and cut it out of ‘raspberry’-coloured felt. I used Fabric Fusion to stick it on the bag, using my alligator-skin hand, of course.
With this bag, I did cut the plastic backing closer to the letters, which was just as easy to work with, but it still left some of the fuzz on the bag.
A simple solution was to use a soft-bristled toothbrush (in this case my son’s.. haha) and just gently brush it away (Don’t worry, he isn’t using this one.. he ditched this low-tech one when he saw the one with a light in it).
And voila… my daughter to a tee! (says every mom in the history of ever…).
It took under an hour to finish both bags, and as mentioned, everything was purchased from Michaels.
Pretty cute, huh?
I hope you have a fabulous week! :)