Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How "Tues"day Tip #2

If you use take home readers for your students or "theme" bags with books, stuffed animals, and writing connections you might like this project.  It was inspired by a youtube video.

 My students have a nightly take-home reader, and I also like to incorporate "theme" bags throughout the year so my students can complete projects at home with their families which are connected to literature, author studies, or thematic units.  Mrs. Shehan, a kinder teacher does a fabulous job of using family projects throughout the year.  

This project is very inexpensive, and it's very "green" since it has a recycling component.  Most of the items that you need are probably already at your house.  The only item that I purchased was duct tape.  I picked up some of the colorful rolls from Home Depot, and it's priced at about $3.00 per roll.  

Here are a few snapshots of the transformation from "t-shirt" to "tote.

This is all that's left of the shirt.

I recently purchased Color Day Fun (Made for 1st Grade) from TpT, and I know Mr. Perry will definitely look forward to helping me create bags to accompany all of the literature from the unit!    
It's on sale for $8.00!

Now it's on to the next project.  I have about a bazillion bags like these since all sorts of baby/children's, clothing, towels, and bedding are packaged like this.  I have been saving all of them for 3 years, and now I have enough to start my own packaging company!  I've either got to use them or chunk them, and it will be just about impossible for me to get rid of them because of the "teacher" in me!


  1. That is too cute!!! What a clever way to reuse a t-shirt! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I love it! So cute...may have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this so much I am going to make one this afternoon! Do you decorate the bags on the outside after making them or would you do that before? How do you rotate your literacy bags?

    Thanks so much for your post!

  4. I love the bag! I need to make one! I use those clear bags for games, flashcards, or puzzles because the boxes never last!
    Really Roper

  5. Ok, I was out and bought some duck tape just to try this. Love it!! I will be making more of these bags. Thanks for the idea!

  6. I made one this a.m.! Super cute and perfect for a river bag/pool bag! I can't wait to make more!!!
    How About Them Apples


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