Friday, August 12, 2011

"F" is for Flashcards

Oilcloth flashcard pockets.

Only 26 more long days until school starts for girl #1, yes I'm counting.

On the supply list this year - addition and subtraction flashcards.

Easy enough, found some in the dollar bins at Target:

I got to thinking those cardboard boxes probably aren't going to hold up very well.

Inspired by Martha Stewart's oilcloth beach cover ups:

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I made my own oilcloth pouches from scrap pieces.

Here's how I made the pouches:

1. Cut oilcloth to size - this is my formula:

width = thickness + width + 1/2" SA
length = lengthx2 + thicknessx2 + 2 1/2"

2. Fold over all short ends 1/4" and top stitch:

3. Center small piece of velcro on right side of oilcloth about 1" from short end:

4.  Stitch velcro.

5. Test fit the flashcards, make sure you leave enough space for little fingers to pull the cards out from the top:

6. Straight stitch side seams with 1/4" SA, place cards back in to determine placement of other velcro piece.

7. Stitch other velcro piece to wrong side of oilcloth.
(You can barely see the other velcro piece but it's there.)

8. Add your flashcards and you're ready for school.

Get out your P-touch and label those pockets!
(The name is blurred for privacy.)

But it's highly unlikely any other student will have the same gingham oilcloth pockets as girl #1.

Quick and easy, back to school we go.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project


  1. So cute Jaime! I have tons of extra oilcloth that needs to be sewn into something. My kids don't start school until September. At 8am I'm so glad they are home and then by 4pm I'm counting down the days until school!

  2. Such a cute and simple idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to have to store this idea for my little guy! Love it! ♥ BJ

  3. I love these Jamie! I made an ipad cover like this with oilcloth! Such a great idea, your little pouches are going to be really durable and will be strong despite some wear and tear, but best of all they are really really pretty!!! X

  4. I would guess that the cardboard box would last less than 2 weeks with my kids :) Your daughter will have much more durable protectors and sooo much cuter!

  5. Fabulous! I never would have thought of that. I have so many flashcards in my classroom and this would make them look so much neater! ~Trina

  6. You are so creative! I absolutely love this idea and I don't even have children yet! LOL I am going to pass along to my mommy friends :) xo Meggan

  7. Love these! Martha still has it, I love Living magazine for it's inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great idea! Can be used for all sorts of school supplies :)

  9. I love this idea! So cute and useful!

    I'd love for you to share it on my "Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings" Thursday blog hop. Hope to see you Thursday!


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  11. you're right those flashcard boxes always end up torn and that means missing flashcards, so instead of losing all the 5X's this is such a better idea!

  12. Such a cute idea Jaime! Thanks for sharing :)