I have been trying to figure out a way to make my sons activity pages easier to use and to be used again and again. I went the lamination route during the summer but it was getting a bit pricey as I added up everything I wanted to laminate. So why not create something that would hold the papers. This is what I came up with:
There is a pocket at the top that the papers can slide into. You can use either dry erase markers or dry erase crayons and they work like a charm. I should have thought about this sooner!
So here is how I made them. Supplies for one pocket are: 1/2 inch binding your choice (you can make your own or buy it, I went the easy route and bought mine) and two 9.5" x 12" vinyl plastic pieces (You can find it on the big rolls at most craft stores, you can get 2 pockets out of the length of the vinyl)
So here are the two pieces of vinyl
Cut two strips of binding for each piece. I cut them to 10" and then trimmed after attaching it. (Note: Keep the paper backing on because that will help the plastic go through the sewing machine.)
Place both pieces of plastic together paper side out, once again so that they don't stick to the sewing machine. Then take the long strip of binding left over (you will need about a yard) and starting at the top where you just sewed the top binding on, fold it over a 1/4" inch and add the binding all the way around the project until you reach the other side of the top binding. Cut 1/4" inch past, fold over and finish. Then go back and fold the binding over and stitch that binding in place. (If you have never sewn with binding check out this tutorial here, it will help a ton!)
This is what it should look like when finished. There should be a pocket at the top.
Tear out the paper
Use your dry erase markers/crayons to have some fun!