Hello! We're back from our little trip. Had fun, but good to be home again. It was weird to not be thinking about the classroom or the blog for 2 whole days.
Before we left, I had read about an idea on Amy's Let's Explore blog that I wanted to do for our trip. I liked her idea about making up little blank books. So...........I decided to stitch up some little books to take along in the van. Since I had just finished whipping up the Capri Sun pencil bags (see previous post), I thought, "Why not make booklets using Capri Sun bags as the covers?" So I did. I also made a few using scrapbook paper so the boys would have a choice.
Here is my little set of books. To make them, I just took 8 1/2 by 11 inch white printer paper and cut it in half (so I had 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch pieces). I stacked about 4 pieces together, folded them in half and inserted them in the covers. I made the printed paper covers the same way as the inside pages. The Capri Sun covers were just 2 empty Capri Sun pouches placed back to back (so the logo could be seen on both the front and the back.) For the Capri Sun booklets, I had to trim the pages a little so they didn't stick out since the pouches were narrower than 4 1/2 inches wide. To finish the books, I simply sewed a straight stitch from the top to the bottom about 1/8 inch from the fold, backstitching at both ends.
Here you can see the front cover and inside of the booklets. I wouldn't want to always use the juice pouches for the covers of the books, but they would be nice for special books, such as writing and drawing about a summer trip.