Pencil Pockets

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

In just a few easy steps, your child can turn an old pair of jeans into a couple of magnetic pen and pencil holders that mount easily in a school locker.

What you'll need

  • Scissors
  • Old pair of jeans
  • Puffy paint
  • Iron-on patches
  • Cloth tape or colored duct tape
  • 8 adhesive-backed magnets (4 for each pocket), each at least 1/8 inch thick

How to make it

  1. Start by having your child cut each back pocket from the jeans. (Make sure she gets the material it's attached to as well and not just the pocket.) She should cut closely around the three sewn edges of the pocket, but leave an extra inch of material on the back piece, above the pocket opening.

  2. Now she can start decorating, first attaching any iron-on patches according to the package directions. Once the ironing is done, she can apply puffy paint designs.

  3. Let the paint dry. Then, with the pocket facedown, fold the 1-inch flap of material along the pocket's top edge and secure it against the back of the pocket with the tape.

  4. Finally, affix a magnet to each corner of the pocket (add a dab of tacky glue for an even stronger hold, if needed), and it's ready for hanging in a school locker.

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