Pay it forward diy book bags

You might recall me mentioning a while back that I was sewing up a storm making book bags for Maia’s class pay-it-forward project. I’ve just finished sewing handles on the bags, and I thought you might like to see some of the end results:

Book bag Collage 3There were a real mix of designs…Book bag  Collage 2But the overall effect is amazing. So bright and colourful:Book bag collage 1I really love children’s art at this age because it is largely uninfluenced by their (mis) perception that they cant draw, or paint and the end results are so unaffected.

Here’s our girl with her bag (she is very proud of it):Maia and her book bagAnd, keeping with the pay it forward theme here is my bag… which I plan to give to the class teacher, because teacher’s do such a wonderful job – and often don’t get recognized for their extra efforts. Crochet decorated bagIll be back tomorrow with a little ‘how to’ including the links to the flowers used on the bag. Love Janette xoxox

49 thoughts on “Pay it forward diy book bags

  1. gentlestitches says:

    Uplifting just looking at them. That bird with your girl is DE VINE!!! It just emanates calm happiness. I know what you mean about kids judging art. I deal with that in two ways.
    a. I always have a supply of paper and pencils handy and usable, a lot of work for me but worth it.
    b. gently pulling them up when they compare or criticize.
    The main thing is they keep creating and so far, so good. 🙂
    I look forward to the how to. They look like a fab project and then gifts from my young ones. 🙂

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    • Janette says:

      It’s hard, Maia has only recently started getting frustrated because she doesn’t think she can draw very well (like Mum or Dad) and so we have to explain that it’s about expression, and what she sees is different to what we see, and not to compare what we draw with what she draws. We also give lots of praise of course! I’ll be back tomorrow with lots more info xx

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  2. A-L says:

    Just lovely! Children are great with their use of colour… they are just using whatever colour they feel like without too much worrying of the outcome – which then proves to be cheerful and wonderful. Love those bags!! (and the bag for a teacher – adorable. I would be so happy if I ever was given something like that. beautiful.)

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    • Janette says:

      They are, aren’t they! I agree we often spend so much time worrying about getting the mix if colors just right, but children don’t even consider it and the result is gorgeous! Xox

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  3. Mrs Shirley Clement says:

    Congratulations to both your children and yourself of course.What is a pay it forward project as we don’t have that in England. We have shoe boxes at Christmas to fill with gifts to send to Africa. My eight year old grandson is learning about the Tudors and they have all gone off in the pouring rain with a packed lunch and its coming down like stair rods as my grandma used to say.The five year old is making a star out of felt with me and the elder one wants to do some cross stitch as he liked it at school.I will have to send off for the holed fabric to make it. Sorry not sure what it is called.

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    • Janette says:

      Same idea as the Christmas boxes, its about getting children to think about doing something for others, especially when someone has done something nice for them 🙂 Sounds like you have very lucky grandchildren! x

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  4. lluisa says:

    Oh wow!!! they are really lovely, I just love them. I like the children’s art theme, it feel fresh, simple and full of pure creativity and good energy….love them!!!

    Lluisa x

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  5. thegrangerange.wordpress.com says:

    Gorgeous, I love see see childrens’ art used for practical objects like this and bags make such a lovely change to the usual calendars and tea towels. Teachers bag is lovely too, I am sure she will be delighted with it. Look forward to the guidance for making our own.

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  6. Mrs Shirley Clement says:

    Just had a thought. These would make lovely t towels to dry the pots on. You must try and find someone who can copy and print one and then we can all buy them.

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  7. handmademummy says:

    I have a feeling I know the teacher you are talking about and she is a good friend of mine and indeed a wonderful teacher (I used to teach at the same school until I went on maternity leave at the beginning of the year). She mentioned the idea of the book bags to me and I am amazed at how beautiful they are, well done to Maia and her very talented classmates 🙂

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  8. Deanna says:

    This is a wonderful project for the students, and what a thoughtful (and beautiful) gift for the teacher. I look forward to a tutorial on the teacher’s bag.

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