{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

With our upcoming move I've been trying hard to limit the number of new projects I commit to but of course this is easier said then done. I am the queen of making more work for myself! So when J brought home his "Reading Life Bag" the first week of school, which was a large plastic ziploc bag with a label on the outside, I immediately thought "I should offer to sew drawstring bags for the kids in his class". But I resisted because I knew with all my work and volunteer commitments and our move overseas I would be adding unnecessary work to my load. But every time J whipped out his book and reading log from his plastic bag I would cringe. Then one day a mother at school (who happens to be a teacher at his school) suggested we make drawstring bags for the kids and of course I could not say "no" because it was something I thought about every day. So we brought dozens of fabric samples to school and let the kids choose their own fabric for their new bags. The bags are about 10.5"x 15" and I designed (and laminated) a little personalized tag that clips on the twill tape. The kids love their new bags and I'm glad I was able to use up some of the fabric in my stash for a good cause!

Reader Comments (5)

These little book sacks are adorable!! Wish I could sew, but there is just no way. Love your blog. I check in regularly. I saw that you are moving back to Korea. Have a great time in haeundae (my mom's family is from there so I have lots of childhood memories of the area). Thanks for the tips on the Claire vivier bags too. I first saw her messenger bags at the steven Alan store in l.a. Then I saw your post about the deal on pretty mommy. I now have the fold over clutch and the messenger bag which I love! Also ordered the le trop and am still waiting for it. It's been 2 months!! Good luck on the move. Looking forward to your posts from there. Hello to S and the boys. Take care.

10.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalim

my students use the zip log method and i'm so jealous of all of these wonderful little bags. your son's teacher is so lucky to have parents like you!

10.30.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

Tell me more about whats behind the 'reading life bag'? =)

10.30.2011 | Unregistered Commenterlyn

what a great idea! i will have to try to do this for my daughter's class as a holiday/new year gift. she lost her ziploc bag. it didn't occur to me to whip her up a new one. thanks for sharing the idea, sally!

10.31.2011 | Unregistered Commenterallyn

HALIM // So good to hear from you! Hope you and your family are doing well! You need to visit us in Busan! S & L can play volleyball at the beach and we can go shop and eat! :) I still need to get a CV before I leave for Korea! They are so pretty!! Hope to see you next year!! xoxo

CHRISTINE // Aww...wish I could make some for your class!! :)

LYN // The kids use the bags to carry the book they are currently reading as well as a reading log (where they record what book they are reading, how many pages they read, how long they read for).

ALLYN // Your daughter's class would love their own custom bags!! :)

10.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

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