One of the homework assignments that I give my kids during our DIY summer camp at home is to write a weekly one-page journal entry. It can be written as a diary, talking about something we had done that week, or it can be a fictional story involving a character that they invent. It isn't so important what they write about- but that they practice writing, reading, and editing their work. And writing is so much more fun when you use one of these cool Jeans Pocket Notebooks!
The jeans pocket can hold their pencils and pens- so all they need to do is to grab the notebook and head outside to write under the tree!
How to Make Your Own Jeans Pocket Notebooks!
We then took a few pairs of old outgrown, holes-in-the-knees jeans (who doesn't have a few of those stuck in a drawer somewhere?) and using sewing scissors, carefully cut the jeans pocket away from the jean.
Using craft glue , we glued the three seamed sides of the cut-out pocket onto the front of the notebook, creating the new notebook pocket.
Next, it was time to embellish! Since some of our old jeans were dark denim, and some were lighter colored denim, we cut out each child's first initial from the fabric in the opposite color.
We asked the kids for ideas and cut out some fun shapes to reflect their passions- such as a chess piece and a Magic Treehouse book for my soon-to-be third grader.
Next, we used some fabric ribbon to decorate the notebook's binding and even the top of the pocket.
I think they came out great!
Here are some more great summer ideas for you:
- Free Family Summer Bucket List Printable
- Free Printable Summer Schedule
- 50 Fun Summer Activities, Crafts, and Field Trips (From Pre-K to Teens!)
- DIY Roller Coaster Ride
- Teach Your Kids How to Play Crazy 8's!
Do you think your kids would love to write in a cool jeans pocket notebook like this?