Laundry Labels for the Littles

So, it doesn’t matter how many kids you have (well, I am not testing that theory, stopping at three), each one will come up with something new to keep you on your toes!

Our baby J has discovered how to (almost) outsmart his parents by hiding his socks all over the place, to avoid putting them in the laundry. Under the couch is a favorite spot, where I once found a full ten pairs! Under the sink also works…

While I play catch-up chasing him to get those stinky socks into the laundry hamper, I decided to make it easier for him by labeling our baskets with signs that a pre-reader can use.

The cute labels I originally made when I set up our laundry area wouldn’t work for J, since he hasn’t learned how to read yet. I thought of using pictures for the labels, but we are encouraging him to figure out his letters, so I thought these labels, with both letters and visual cues, would be perfect.

Laundry labels to help the littlest family members pitch in | Jewels at Home  Laundry labels to help the littlest family members pitch in | Jewels at HomeIn truth, I am not sure how much these labels will motivate our little monkey, but at the very least, they are brightening up our laundry room!

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A Simple Fabric Tote Bag for Halloween, Shopping, and Beyond

It seems like you can never have enough bags – we use them for groceries, toys, books, snacks, whatever! And a nice fabric tote bag is a simple sewing project to display your favorite fun prints.

I made these bags for the boys to go with their superhero costumes.

Materials:

  • 20″ long x 34″ wide piece of fabric
  • Ribbon for strap (21″ long x 3.5″ wide)

Instructions:

I folded the fabric in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and sewed down the length to make a tube. I flipped the tube so that the right sides were together and then sewed another seam to create a neat hidden French seam.

Quick tote bag pattern - perfect for Halloween and beyond | Jewels at Home

Quick tote bag pattern - perfect for Halloween and beyond | Jewels at Home

 

Next, I sewed the bottom of the bag closed.

At each bottom corner, I folded the fabric and sewed across the corner to make a flat bottom for the bag:

Quick tote bag pattern - perfect for Halloween and beyond | Jewels at Home

 

To attach the handle, I ironed a hem at the top and tucked the ribbon for the strap under the hem.

Then, I sewed down the top hem, with extra stitching around the handles.

Quick tote bag pattern - perfect for Halloween and beyond | Jewels at Home

 

And here are the finished bags! Now, Batman and Superman can be stylish and practical!

Quick tote bag pattern - perfect for Halloween and beyond | Jewels at Home

Quick tote bag pattern - perfect for Halloween and beyond | Jewels at Home

 

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