June 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm #4504
After bagging our local library I was asked by the librarian to make book bags for the new year one students. Apparently they go to the library regularly and were given sturdy red plastic bags for the books they checked out. The children often lost their bags since they all looked the same. Now the librarian would like some morsbags instead and I have so much fun making them all look different: Different handles, applique on the front, etc.
They are collecting donated fabric at the library an the librarian gave me some money for thread. Together we figured out what measurements would be ideal for these relatively small people who take out relatively big books:
91cmx38cm (36″ x 15″) or beachtote style 76cmx45,5cm (30″x18″). Of course I fold the fabric along the long sides.
So, by September I need to have 100 bags ready.June 10, 2015 at 10:53 pm #4505
You’re doing sooo well, Gudrun! I’m really pleased you and the librarian figured out sizes that will suit the children and the books they’ll be carrying around. 😀
You have about 13 weeks before the bags are needed, assuming term starts early in September, so 8 bags a week should see you on target! You can do it, I see you’ve made 222 bags in the 7 weeks since you registered a pod. 😀
Way to go, Gudrun!! 😀June 11, 2015 at 7:52 am #4506
Great to encourage reading, and what could be better than a “Special” book bag.June 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm #4507
offcutsParticipantJune 12, 2015 at 6:17 pm #4508
The parents send in all the material for the bagsJune 13, 2015 at 9:36 am #4509
What a great idea!
> 91cmx38cm (36″ x 15″) or beachtote style 76cmx45,5cm (30″x18″). Of course I > fold the fabric along the long sides.
So is that a bottom or side fold?
And what’s “beachtote style”?
As you can guess, I’m new to this lark 😀June 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm #4510
I understood Gudrun to mean that she uses both these measurements for the fabric, with a bottom fold for all of them, so some come out “normal” style, i.e. shopping bag style so the bag is longer than it is wide and others come out “beachtote” style, i.e. it is wider than it is long.
These bags that Sazzie made are beachtote style –
If you took the fabric that would make a beachtote bag if it has a bottom fold and made it with a sidefold instead you’d have a normal bag. Your choice! Sometimes you want to keep the pattern the right way up on both sides of the bag, which is what we discussed a few days ago, and where sidefold bags come into their own. 😀
Hope this helps!
BTW, I love the photos of Mrs Jean’s pupils and their bags, Offcuts! 😀 Getting the parents to source the material is a great idea = lots of lovely patterns!June 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm #4512
Aha – like portrait and landscape!June 13, 2015 at 1:23 pm #4513
Oh, yes! 😀 Of course! Wish I’d thought of that analogy! Derr.. *rolls eyes at self*
That’s it exactly, Tarragon! 😀June 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm #4578
What a splendid array of bags! It’s good to get children interested and I bet they enjoy the sense of achievement at making a bag. I’d say that is another winner Offcuts!June 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm #4579
And, of course, well done to Gudrun too but we have to wait until September to get the pictures of the triumphant baggers!
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