Yes, that could very well be true.
He’s been obsessed with these fabric cookies at our house all week (okay, I’ve been obsessed with making them too. I had no idea I’d love it so much!)
Last week I made another School Bag for Lucy’s class.
The theme was:
So I made a clear vinyl jar on the bag, added a zipper opening, and stuffed it full of 20 felt cookies. I slipped a mini cookie sheet in the bag too (from our toaster oven) because I’m sure the kids will want to “bake” them.
It was so much fun!
And of course it became more involved than I originally planned.
But that’s how it goes with creative projects.
Lucy’s teacher bought this book about 20 years so I’m not sure where you can find it now. I saw this book with the same title on half.com, but I’m not entirely sure it’s the same one.
Inside the book are ideas for 60 take-home activity bags that kids can check out from school and work on with their families. Some themes are scholastically based (science wizard, graphing, math) and some are “for fun” like the Froggy Fun Pack below. But you don’t need the book to come up with your own bags!
Inside the bat goes:
* a book based on that theme. For example you could include If you Give a Mouse a Cookie with this bag. Lucy’s teacher purchased all the insert books years ago so I’m not sure what titles she has for each theme.
* A letter to the family explaining what’s in the bag and that they should interact together using the items in the bag (play a game, do the activity together, etc)
* Interactive objects. These might be tools, toys based on the theme, games, a jump rope, stuffed animal, etc.
* Journals. Some of the themes encourage the child to write down some thoughts or answer questions about what they’re doing. Usually this is just a piece of paper in the bag that says “journal” but it might be more fun to use a real book journal, then each child can add their thoughts to it.
* Whatever you want! The themes are pretty open to your own ideas.
I need to put this info in a separate post with links to the other bags and a list of all the themes.
AND…if you have ideas for each theme, please leave it in the comments! (book ideas, game ideas, etc).
for the Cookie Jar, the book recommended using a real large glass jar. That sounded like a disaster so I went with a DIY vinyl jar instead. I drew out a simple jar on paper, then traced it to clear vinyl. You can buy vinyl at most fabric shops. It’s cheap and comes in varying weights. Keep the tissue paper on or it tends to stick together and the tissue paper makes it easier for sewing. For more info on sewing with clear vinyl, check out the Split Pea Shamrocks post.
I used felt for the jar lid, sewed a small zipper underneath so the jar would open, and….since I think you like seeing my mistakes?…well, here you go:
I totally botched up the jar the first time around. I wrote the words in Sharpie marker onto white vinyl, then tried to sew the two together without the tissue paper on top. Ugh. Well, the whole thing stretched and warped as I tugged it through my machine and the then the marker smeared. Best to sew with the tissue on top and then tear it off.
I’ve sewn felt food before (tutorial HERE). But for some reason I became obsessed with these little cookies. First I made classic chocolate chip. Then I thought….there should be chocolate with white chips….then sugar cookies…and then I just made a whole slew of them because I couldn’t stop (and I’m sure my husband thought I was crazy).
With each new cookie I thought, oh this one’s my favorite. Raisins! Linzer cookies! Lemon bars! They were all so “cute”.
Notes on the cookies:
- They’re all made of felt
- They were sewn in layers by machine: the details were sewn on top and then sandwiched with a back cookie to hide the mess underneath. It’s easiest to cut the bottom cookie after you sew the two together, since the felt might shift slightly as you go (esp on the linzer cookies and the cookie with a bite). After sewing the two layers together, trim off the edges.
- The sugar cookie sprinkles were hand-sewn with embroidery thread
- The lemon bars have a layer of poly batting on topto give it a powdered sugar look.
- The raisins are small pieces of felt sewn on by machine with black thread. Sew 2-3 vertical lines down the middle and curve the lines as you go to give them a textured look.
- For the peanut butter cookies, use your presser foot to sew parallel lines next to each other.
I thought it would be educational for the kids to learn the names of some unfamiliar cookies (my kids hadn’t heard of a few) so I tried to vary the types. And someone just mentioned Animal Cookies too. Darling! Hadn’t thought of that one (maybe the pink and white frosted ones with sprinkles. Mmmmm)
There are multiples of most cookies since I’m sure over the years a few will be lost. The teacher can hold a few back and replace them when needed.
I finished making the cookies late at night so in the morning when the kids woke up, the jar was bursting with treats. You would have thought it was Christmas morning! No joke. Owen played “cookie store” for two hours straight (while I slept in, that was nice).
And then the next morning he woke up and did it all again….organizing the cookies in the right spot, walking around asking who wanted to buy them. Really cute. I better make him another batch for Christmas.
And of course with all this sweet talk the kids insisted we make real treats after school. So we went with Classic Chocolate Chip.