With 7 children of our own, it has been obvious that some productive entertainment is necessary for many families to have along in the church pew at Mass, weddings, funerals and other services. In the past year I've been developing products that are great Catholic accessories to have in your own church bag - or "Quiet in the Pew" bags as I've named them. Items that will enrich their experience of the Mass, not deter from it.
Quiet in the Pew Bags
I've really enjoyed sewing many totes over the past years, including a little more than a dozen for our parish. These are holding all the fun Catholic books and activities they need to keep occupied and engaged in the Mass. They also make great gifts for Baptism and First Communion.
This bag is a basic quilted front panel (Fabric: Timeless Treasures "God Gave Us") with a corduroy back panel. Lined inside with fleece for softness and padding. Both styles of bags are padded so there is no thumping on the wood pew throughout the Mass, wedding or funeral.
These bags are easy to make with pre-quilted fabric, ribbon handle and a Christian fabric top edge.
These may be available in my Modest Mommies Etsy Shop,
filled with the custom items I've designed. Visit my shop - or request a special order!
The Church Bag Stand
And finally, for those who wish to have these in your home parish, we designed a church bag stand that is inviting and functional for holding all those great quiet bags! I couldn't find anything I liked online, to purchase or ideas from other churches. So I made one up myself! A Modest Mommies original.
"Let the children come to me…" Mark 10:14
I would like to price these for sale, but until I have a spare moment for woodworking.... I thought I'd share the basic design. It's more important that these are available in churches around the world. Please excuse my casual, non-carpenter descriptions!
*This design is copyrighted, this design/pattern is not to be made to sell without permission. However, you may make it for your home or a church donation as we did.
First, build your cross.
1. Using a 10 ft 4x4, cut a 4.5' section (verticle), and a 4' section (horizontal).
2. Line up the horizontal piece 2ft down on the verticle piece. Mark board width on both pieces.
3. See photo for layout. Cut to interlock, cutting half way into the 4x4 the width of your pencil marks. Make it a tight fit.
4. Do any joint sanding now.
5. Piece two sections together, with wood glue in the joint. No screws. (A rubber mallet helps)
6. Sand again, rounding edges.
7. Drill a hole in the bottom of the cross in order to insert a long bolt from the base into the cross.
Next, build your base.
8. Cut two sheets of 1/2in MDF to 2'x2' and screw together.
9. Drill a 1/4" hole in the middle. Put bolt through hole in base and into the cross. Add long screws in corners for stability.
10. Layer 2x4s on top of base. Add mitered trim around cross base.
11. Use home base trim around the sides, and caster wheels on the bottom.
12. Woodburn if desired. Sand and Varnish entire piece.
13. Add hooks on bottom side of horizontal 4x4. Add posts on front and back for extra hanging. These are actually coat hangers and shelf brackets found at Menards.
14. Our finishing touch was an invitational sign so people knew what it was.
I hope you've enjoyed these ideas and products to keep yours or other children content and Quiet in the Pew! Please comment with a link if you've seen these items in your church, if you'd like to order something, or have seen similar posts.