Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Library bags

I have two simple projects to show you today.

Library bags for Jerome and Asha.  We used to use the laundry basket, believe it or not, but now that kids want to be in different sections of the library, these bags will work much better.  I went back to Walmart for the aqua fabric ($1/yard), but they were out.  I got plain canvas instead, and I like how they turned out.  I could use them as echo bags too.      

Here is Kai holding the bag, so you know how big they are.  The pockets are for the receipt they print out for you.   

Bibs for boys.  My brother Takuya and wife Sarah in Hawaii had a precious baby boy this summer.  They named him Kenji.  He is grandchild #13 for the Ohki family.  Now we are looking forward to the baby boy of  Brother Yu and Jamiee in Utah, due December.     

Quinn is our champion at using sippy cups and straws.  He has been since 9 months.  Our pediatrician told me at his 6 month appointment to start giving him breast milk in a cup once a day.  It was a pain to have to pump and he lost most of it to his bib at the beginning, but I kept doing it.  I wonder if that is why he is much better at it than our other kids.   


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Meredith said...

Marie- What a great idea on the library bags! I'll have to put that on my list of things to do :) Also- the bibs were darling. Did you use a pattern- I have to know!

Mommymita said...

I like the library bags. But I have a few questions

1. How many books do you allow each child to check out?

2. Once you are home where do you store the books so they don't get lost or mixed in with the other books?

I banned ourselves from the library for a while because of problems with these. But now I'm thinking with their 'own' bag they will be responsible for it all. The only difference I would make is to color code their bags for quick finding and sorting. Or maybe I could do the canvas and let them decorate it with sharpees..... you've got me thinking now. Maybe I should add a zippered pocket for their library cards and money to pay their fines too!

Marie' said...

I got the library bag idea from Scott's sister. She even has a library card on a ring (punched a hole on the card), and has the ring on the bag handle. I thought that was a greta idea. I traced one of the bibs I saw at Scott's parents' house and made a pattern myself. There are several printable patterns online, so you might want to search for "bib tutorial" and see if you find anything you like. If not, let me know. I will trace mine and mail it to you.

Marie' said...

1) I only let them have four each. Jerome gets extra if it is a long weekend or summer, but five seems to be a good number for us. If Jerome goes through his books too fast, I let him go back and get new books while I wait in the car.

2) We have a big willow basket under the lamp table in the living room. The library books all go there. They read library books only in the living room. Again, Jerome is allowed to take one upstairs for bed time reading.

You can also sew ricrac, ribbon, or bias tape along the top of the bag for personalization. Sewing up a little scarf to tie on the handle would be cute too. I hemmed a little piece of fabric and tied it around Jerome's viola handle, so he can find his among all the other instruments in orchestra. He likes that.

Scott's sister punched a hole through the library card, put a ring through the hole and put it on the handle of the bag. I am planning on doing that for the library cards.

I decided, after stressing out about library fine for many years, that it is OK to pay the library. What better place to donate some money, you know.

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twoplustwins said...

very cute bags. I am amazed at all the wonderful things you make. I have lots of projects in the works but never the time to finish. I keep hoping once Nigel is off nights that I will find a bit more time. I love seeing all the great things you make. If makes me feel better and for some reason less sad that I don't get more done. the kids are so cute!

Kimberly said...

You're so clever and cute! What a great idea for kids!

Mommymita said...

Thanks - I love the library card hole punch idea.

I don't think I'll ever get my fill of good ideas from you , Scott's mom , and Scott's sisters!

And you're right it is okay to pay the library fines - but we've just had some really big ones! Then again they are typically from videos.

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Janene said...

what a great idea! I love it...and the card idea as well. You are so talented! It's great to be keeping up with you!

Marie' said...


The night shift must be awful for you two. Hang in there.


Videos and DVD's do add up, don't they? We don't let our kids do it any more. I just can't remember to get back in a week.


Same to you too. I still can't forget the beautiful purple/lavender quilt you made for somebody's baby in Pittsburgh. One of these days, I am going to make one.