I had a shelf they were suppose to go on, but if they were on the shelf then students had to be getting up to get them every time they needed them. They were never able to do this quickly or quietly. When the boxes were at their desks they got dumped over and books were all over the floor getting stepped on and destroyed. I found myself saying "pick up your books" or stopping to pick up the books myself constantly!
I searched for different solutions and finally decided to try book bags for next year. I bought canvas bags from Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. I wanted them to match my classroom so I was looking for red, green, and blue. I found really nice red bags at Hobby Lobby they were on sale for 50% off so I got them for 1.50 a bag. I couldn't find blue or green so I decided to get white bags and dye them the colors I wanted. The white bags come in packs of three for 7.99 I had 40% off coupons for both stores so I ended up getting them for $3.19 a set.
I didn't want the dyeing process to be a lot of trouble, I've seen posts about dying things in the washer and decided to go that route. I bought Rit liquid dye made to be used in the washing machine.
I followed the directions on the container, putting six bags in the washer using the hottest water possible and ran it through the cycle twice.This did mean I had to watch the time and make sure I set the cycle back to the beginning before the water drained, but that was the most trouble I had.
Such a simple process and the bags turned out great! I am so excited to see how these work for us this year.
I wanted to label the bags as we will be using them for individual book boxes so I made these cute little tags to match them. I plan to laminate them and attach them to the bags with book rings. I didn't have a ring at home so I just put this one on with a paper clip!
I also spent part of the week organizing my library and labeling books! It's been a big job but it will be so worth it!! I'll share it all with you when it's finally finished.
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