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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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I blinked my eyes and it was already July -- how did that one happen?  As a teacher you are crying as you push the Back to School cart around, collecting supplies and such for the upcoming school year.  However, as a parent you are usually throwing a party and dancing behind that cart.  What can I say?  There's always two sides to every story!  But this year marks a new territory that we have yet to experience - a high school student.  Sure, Kurtis and I have both been to high school.  And those are probably four years my parents would rather NOT remember.  But this year my step daughter will be a freshman and that, my friends, is a whole new ball game.
I remember entering high school with mixed emotions.  I mean, it was so much bigger than middle school and the kids seemed SO much older.  Plus I had made the Varsity squad in Cheerleading as a freshman so I already had a bulls-eye on my back.  But nonetheless I wanted to impress, or at least not stand out completely.  One of the first items on our agenda was decorating our lockers.  Hello!  These things had to be cool.  We're talking mirrors, magnets, posters, pictures - the works!  Our lockers were basically our homes away from home equipped with everything that we needed.  As a teenage girl you know that means one thing (or should I say moment) in particular - your monthly friend.  Seriously, I remember hiding my tampons and other much needed supplies for the other period symptoms in the deep, dark crevices of my locker, like I was the only girl in the world to ever have a period.  My biggest fear was that my supplies would come flying out like a jack in the box just as my cute boy crush walks by my locker.  Please close your eyes and visualize that one.
It kind of came to me last week as I was filling one of the reusable snack packs with crackers.  What if I transformed this reusable pack into something cute that could be hung in a locker yet contains all of those personal items that are needed on a monthly basis?  You know, something you could just grab and go?
BINGO!  The Martha Stewart in me strikes again!
Seriously, I will be the first to say that I did not inherit the crafty side.  My sister is the McGyver of all things crafty actually.  But this Locker Pouch is so easy that if I can do it, anyone can do it.  And the best part is there is no actual sewing involved!

Easy No-Sew Locker Pouch

You Need:
-- 1/2 yard of fabric --- preferably cotton
-- No Sew adhesive glue
-- Ribbon
--Self-stick velcro squares

How To Make It:
1.  Cut a square of fabric -  I cut mine 18 inches x 12 inches.  Then turn inside out and fold in half.

2.  Glue the sides of your squares closed, holding them tight to seal adhesive.  I also glued the tops down to create a hem so there weren't any messy edges.  Set and let it dry.

3.  Cut your ribbon (about 12 inches) and glue into a loop with glue.  Allow this loop to dry.

4.  Once your pouch is dry, take velcro tabs and place inside pouch.  Use 2-3 tabs to create a secure closure at the top of the pouch.

5.  Glue your loop to the side of your pouch to be used as a handle to hold on to or to hang within the locker.  You could also staple this loop inside the pouch, easily hiding the staple but allowing the loop to stay put a bit easier and more securely.

Seriously, how cute is this pouch?  I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself considering I am not one who can usually make things so sweet and precious.  Well, besides my children of course...

I decided to make a few more of these Locker Pouches for our babysitters as well because in all honesty, I was on a crafting roll!  So on a recent trip to Walgreens, I was able to pick up a few goodies to fill these pouches for my girls.  I noticed the Balance Rewards promotional offer that if I spent $15 on U by Kotex, BIC, and EOS products, I could earn 3,000 extra points.  Done and done.  Of course I had to grab the EOS lip balm because every girl uses lip balm and this stuff is amazeballs.  I also decided to grab a few BIC disposable razors which may sound silly, but these are always a beauty regime necessity.  Finally, I knew I wanted to choose a Kotex product that could be kept in the pouch and used for those monthly moments.  U by Kotex CleanWear® by U Pad are slim fit, designed to move with your body and offer secure protection.  I knew my lady friends wouldn't have to worry about what they were wearing on their first day of school because U by Kotex CleanWear® would have them covered - literally.  Plus they fit perfectly in the Locker Pouches so my sweet girls are always prepared.

Entering high school can be a bit intimidating.  Trust me, been there, done that.  I'm excited to share my locker pouches with my ladies!  Cute and fashionable for the locker yet keeping them prepared, worry and stress free.  Plus feeling and looking confident attracts all the cute boys anyways.

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1 comment:

  1. That is so cute! I can't sew either, so this is something I could do as well! #client