It was only a week into the girls’ new dance classes when they started asking for dance bags like all the other kids had. (Why does every activity just mean more and more and more money??)
Since we’re making a big effort to cut back on unnecessary expenditures (that’s a nice way of saying “we cheap”), I really didn’t want to spend $30 a piece on two cheaply made bags with pictures of ballet slippers on them. So, we decided to go the custom route. And who better to customize them than my little dancers themselves?
Michael’s is our go-to store for anything crafty so Lily and I stopped over there on a Mommy/Lily day (that’s what she calls the days that I don’t work!) and picked up a 3 pack of cotton tote bags ($9.99 – 40% coupon = $2 per bag) and some pink flocked iron-on letters (about $5 for the pack – and we still have some left over). We already had the fabric markers.
I asked the girls where they wanted their names on the bags and then I ironed them on. (Sophia’s also says “dance” on one side.) In hindsight, I should have skipped this step. They wrote their names like 50 times on their bags so the iron-ons were really unnecessary. I think the “child of the 80s” in me just got a little too excited when she saw them in the store! Regardless, it was super easy to do. Ya know, once I took my ironing board out of the attic and figured out how to use the iron again!
Next step was letting the girls get their art on! I was very proud of myself that I didn’t micromanage them because they each made a bag that was truly “them”.
I found some puffy paints in one of my craft bins so they got to use a little of those, too. I think their bags came out great. And they certainly won’t mix them up with anyone else in their classes!
In Sophia’s classic “more-is-more style” (I can’t imagine where she got that from!), she chose to color the handles and both sides of the bag.
I loved saving a bunch of money but the best part is seeing how proud the girls are of their works of art!
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