Once upon a time, long long ago, I was pretty good at crafting. I would hang out with my oldest– at the time, my only– daughter and we would sew and create things out of scraps of fabric.
It was fun. It was rewarding. And then I had a few more kids. And now, with a baby + a child + a tween at home I don’t do much crafting.
But when summer hit and I learned about this fantastic reading program at our library my mother and I decided to have a bit of fun with the kids and create these summer reading bags. Don’t worry, I won’t get all Martha on you. There’s no sewing required. Just a little embellishment via paint, fun Shape Tape and an inexpensive tote bag.
We even got a little plastic card holder to affix the library card so that we always have it on hand (important for when your hands are full with the baby! no digging around in a deep purse / diaper bag). We also keep in the bag a small notebook with a reading log and the paper that the library provided us to document how much reading we do. At our library we can trade in minutes spent reading for library bucks, which can be used to purchase fun little things like pencils and toys for the kids.
I used the FrogTape’s Shape Tape to create the bags because unlike regular painters tape it comes in cute little patterns. Check out the Chevron that I used. This tape is the bees knees because it prevents the paint from leaking everywhere (it’s got PaintBlock technology) + I love that it comes in different designs that are fun to decorate with. Allow the paint to dry and presto, instantly embellish anything– even with limited time and energy! It may sound a bit silly, but it really does get my daughter excited about our trips to the library.