Teacher Gifts – Week 3

Hey Everybody!

It’s just going to be a bare-bones post this week. We’re in the middle of a move and we don’t have internet yet (thanks wonderful in-laws for letting me mooch the www from you!). I’m hoping to have it by the middle of the week so I will be able to fill in the details then. Thanks for your patience!

I still have not heard from the winner fo the Lisa Leonard $50 giveaway. If it was you (check here) I need to hear from you by Friday or I will pick a new winner.

The winner of the Bath Time Challenge was Jessica with her Washcloth Sock Puppets! Weren’t those adorable? The tutorial will be up shortly.

But that means someone has to go home. This week it’s Holly @ Bijou Lovely. She’s got some fantastic things over there at the Bijou. She even does custom baby bedding (the quilt she has pictured in awesome!). Keep checking up on her.

This weeks theme is Teacher Gifts and there are some great ones. Vote for your favorite on the poll in the sidebar before Friday night at 9 pm MST.

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Craft #1 – Chair Back Organizer

I’m sure the gift a teacher really wants is a big wad of cash. But, since that isn’t very crafty, I thought they might like something to organize a few of their numerous supplies. Whether they’re at their desk at the front of the room or at a far table in the back of the classroom, they can put this Chair Back Organizer where ever they need quick access to some much needed supplies.

There are lots of pockets and spaces for all sorts of things! There are pockets for notebooks and folders….pencils and pens…little treats…even a place to hook your keys!

So, put it on your chair and load it up with all your supplies and goodies! Thanks for all your hard work teachers!

Craft #2 – Teacher Cover-All Apron

I asked my favorite first grade teacher what she’d REALLY like to receive as a gift. She explained how she’d ruined a few pairs of pants during craft time when little hands pull at her legs. She told me she’d love an apron that covered her pants from front to back. The result is Teacher’s Cover-All Apron:

The apron is made with a gray denim, to give it lots of durability. The trim is a pretty white cotton with modern red flowers and wide red ricrac. The skirt covers all around the leg, and includes two large pleated pockets to keep craft supplies within reach. The wide double thick neck strap has d-rings to allow it to be adjustable as well as comfortable. The waist ties are long enough to tie in front, and allow for a customized and sturdy fit. The result is both pretty and functional. This apron could be customized for your favorite teacher in many ways, and the tutorial will teach you an innovative way to construct your apron without any visible seams. Help your favorite teacher look her best, especially after craft time, with the Cover-All Apron.

Craft #3 – Teacher Tote

It is no secret that every teacher takes work home to do on their free time. Why not give them a tote to carry that work home in style?

At first sight, it looks like a traditional tote, but the zippers on the side make it far more functional for any teacher!

Once the zippers on both sides are open, items in the many pockets are easily accessible. It also makes a handy place to do work when at Starbucks or any outing for that matter. On the right is a large pocket to hold a pad of paper (or to use to carry the grade book). On the left are 5 pockets plus 4 pen pockets to keep everything (including papers that need to be graded) organized and easy to reach. Any teacher would be thrilled to have this!

Craft #4 – Apple for your Teacher

Make something memorable for a hard working teacher in your life. Candles, lotion, tote bags and pencil holders made in the shape of an apple are all nice. But, this year, give your teacher something she can actually use in the classroom, and your little one can benefit from too!

Apple game consists of 9 dice…yellowish squares for the consonants and apple green squares for the vowels. And to encourage “fill in the blank” learning, several free spaces are included.

This game can be played several ways. Roll the dice and let the kids make words. For older kids, use a timer and see how many words they can form in a minute by rolling multiple times. The score cards are a spot to write the words down, check spelling and practice forming letters.

You’ll need a sturdy box, 9 cubes, and a printer! Tutorial comes with a printable .pdf to make your own apple game in whatever size you’d like. You might want one to give and one to keep! Don’t miss the cute box, lined with the graphic apple print. Perfect finishing touch.

Kids love bold colors and simple designs. They will love rolling the oversized dice and using their own little score card. From preschool to highschool, this game is fun for all.

Craft #5 – Stationary Box with Pencil Holder

Every teacher I know just loves fun stationary! Imagine how excited your child’s teacher will be when she (or he) receive this handmade stationary box filled with cards…and pencils, too!
This is the perfect gift for kids of all ages to give to their teachers, from pre-school all the way up through high school.

The inside of the box has a divider to separate the cards and envelopes. Once the cards are all used up, the teacher can use the box as an index card holder for students to use when they check books out of the classroom library.

Teachers love writing thank you notes to all of their classroom volunteers. These handmade cards add the perfect personal touch! (Plus, a teacher can never have too many pencils, right?)

Craft #6 – Tote for Teacher

This tote was inspired by my 6th grade teacher. I remember her always carrying her purse, and this large navy blue tote that was kind of ugly and worn out. So here is a fun, colorful tote for the teacher that always has binders, graded papers, and other items to carry to and from their classroom.

I designed the tote to have a basic shape, where it’s a rectangular bag. What makes this tote different is the scrunch handle. Rather than sewing the straps on, I used a package of extra large eyelets to thread the strap through. This allows the tote to scrunch at the top, so the contents won’t fall out.

Made with white canvas for strength, and fully lined in turquoise, this tote could actually be reversible.

The back needed a little detail, so one blue tree stands alone.

The sewing is pretty basic and painting the tree design gives you lots of opportunity to make it unique for that great teacher who deserves a cute tote to lug all their supplies!

Craft #7 – Custom Notebook Cover

It seems a teachers to do list is endless: Grade papers, Call parents, Meet with the principal, and on, and on…!

So lets give teacher a special place to write all those endless to do lists, sketch out lesson plans and jot down a quick note…


with a custom made composition notebook cover.

Having your child design and draw a special picture of his/her teacher

will make him/her proud to give their teacher this one of a kind gift. And the teacher will love the unique and reusable gift, when the notebooks full all she has to do is slip off the cover and slip it on an empty notebook.

You will be surprised how easily and quickly this cute cover comes together…you may just end up making one for yourself, cause lets face it, us moms and dads are pretty busy too!

Craft #8 – Ruffled Clutch
At the end of each school year, teachers get more mugs, candles, lotions and picture frames than they know what to do with. Break free from the norm and give a gift Junior’s teacher might actually pick out for herself, like this lovely little clutch.

Perfectly sized for essentials for trips to the teachers’ lounge, but pretty enough to use after school and on weekends as a purse…

Made from vintage linens, lined with fun red and white polka dots and accented with a yellow ruffle, it’s an out of the ordinary gift you know she’ll love!

Timely Teacher Gift


*This project was made by Emilie @ Emilie Handmade *

Yes, school is just beginning in our part of the country, but how great would it be to use back-to-school sale items to make this great Teacher’s Gift ahead of time?


Finish this cute, personalized gift in under an hour, wrap it up and store it away until the end of the school year. Then, when the approaching Summer madness begins to set in, you don’t have to worry about getting a special gift for your child’s teacher. And don’t fret…the personalization is easier than you think!

With sales and great bargains, this clock was made for around $10 and it will be sure to be a standout among the gift cards and pencil boxes that teachers always receive!

Teacher Tote


Materials needed:
1 yard each of cotton fabric (This is the flower and stripe fabric I used)
1/2 yard solid color fabric (this is the yellow)
2 zippers – 2-”-22″
medium to heavy weight interfacing (I just used what I had on hand)

1. Cut.

For reference, this is what I will refer to the pockets as:

First, cut to pieces for the main part of your tote, being the outside (flower) and the inside (stripe). This piece, with 1/2 inch seam allowance is 32″x15″. Cut 2 large pockets (both flower fabric) 13.5″x15″. Cut 1 medium pocket (yellow) 7″x15″. Cut one Pen pocket (stripe) 4″x15″. Cut two straps (stripe)31″X5″. you can make these longer or shorter as you need. Cut 8* pieces to attack to the zipper (yellow) 18″x3″ (this gives you a bit of room to play with).

*I only did 4 pieces, but 8 would look better and give more stability because you will have fabric on both the outside and inside of the zipper.

Cut interfacing an inch smaller than each measurement as your above pieces for EACH piece EXCEPT the zipper pieces. Example, for your two large pockets, cut 2 pieces of interfacing 12.5″x14″.

2. Iron on your interfacing to all of your pieces.

3. More ironing. iron 1/2 inch seams on pen pocket and medium pocket.

4. top stitch the tops of all of your pockets.

5. Marking. Lay the pen pocket on top of the medium pocket. Starting at the left side of the pen pocket, make a mark 2″ from the edge (this is giving you that 1/2″ seam allowance for later). Then make three more marks 1.5″ apart.

6.Sew on your marked lines, starting from the bottom. However, those seams you just ironed, make sure you don’t sew them down, leave these open for now.

7. Attaching large pocket. Now lay your medium pocket on top of one of your large pockets and fold the pen pocket out of the way.

8. More sewing! Make a mark in the center of the medium pocket. Starting at the top of the medium pocket, sew a line down your mark.

9. Even more sewing!!! With your large pocket folded out of the way (just like we did above), sew a line down the middle of the pen pocket.

Set this aside.

10. Iron your 1/2″ seams for your two large pieces so they look like this:

11. Now take the pockets that you just sewed and lay them on top of your large stripe piece that you just ironed. Lay it 2″ down from the top of your raw edge on your large piece. First, fold under the bottom of your pockets that you previously ironed, making sure the pen pocket seam covers the other pockets as pictures above. This way, you don’t see a sandwich of fabric, just one fold. Top stitch this to the large piece. Just roll the other side of the large piece so it is out of your way.

12.Top stitch the other two sides of your pocket to the large piece.

13. Now lay your other large pocket down on the other side of the large piece. Top stitch this piece on three sides.

You should now have this:

Set this piece aside for now.

14. ZIPPERS! This is much dreaded for a lot of people, but hang in there, it isn’t that bad… really!

First, lay your zipper down, right side up and place one of your yellow pieces of fabric on top (right sides together).

Pin this and sew it down using your zipper foot. Don’t be intimidated… this is really not hard! You can so do this!

15. fold this over and iron the fabric down so it looks like this.

16. lay another zipper piece on top of the zipper, right sides together.

sew this down, just like you did the other side.

17. Now flip it right side up and iron down the other side.

18. now, here is the part I do not have pictures for because i didn’t do this step, but should have (forgot to). On the wrong side of your zipper, attach two more strips in the same fashion as above. this way you will have fabric on both sides. There may be an easier way of doing this, but this is how I did it. If anyone has tips on how to make this easier, let me know! If you want to skip putting fabric on the back side of the zipper, simply top stitch the fabric down to the zipper at this stage… that’s what I did.

19. Repeat on the other zipper.

20. Straps. Iron 1/2″ seam on the two long sides of your zipper.

21. Iron the straps in half.

22. Top stitch your strap closed.

23. Sew your straps to the large piece you sewed the pockets to. Go over a bunch of times to make it secure enough to hold weight. You may even want to sew a box shape over the strap. I sewed my straps in about 3 inches from each side.

24. Attaching zippers. On both of your zippers, fold down the top and stitch it together, just like below.

25. now you’re going to take the large piece that has all of your pockets sewn on and fold in the corner where your zipper will be. You could make a mitered edge, but I forgot to so this is what I did:

26. Lay the zipper on top of the large piece like this:

Notice that the zipper is not on top of the large piece, it is hanging off the end. Sew it down and stop just below the pen pocket.

27. Now turn the zipper so it goes down the middle of the bag on the back side of the large piece.


Sew it down.

28. now unzip your zipper and do the other side.

It should now look like this in the middle of the tote:
29. Sew down the inside of the zipper the same way as above.
It should now look like this.
30. Now you’re going to sew the end of your zipper so you can shorten it. Go over it with a hand needle a whole bunch of times so that it looks like this:
31. Trim the zipper:
32. ALMOST DONE! Top stitch the middle of the other large piece (the flower piece we haven’t done much with yet). *(scroll to the bottom to see what I mean here) When I say the middle, I mean the part that will be over the zipper where it zips under the tote. (I forgot this part or I would have shown you a picture). oops! I hand stitched it.
33. FINAL STEP!!! Lay your large flower piece on top of your other large piece with the pockets and zipper attached so that wrong sides are together and top stitch them together. Try to line them up nicely.
when you get to the zipper… STOP! you don’t want to sew over the top! This is the point you should stop:
Back stitch at this point and keep working around the other sides.
*(See the part by my thumb? Thats where you should top stitch in step 32)
Congrats!!! YOU ARE DONE!!!!

Chair Back Organizer

*Project by Lynette @ Get Your Craft On*

I’m sure the gift a teacher really wants is a big wad of cash. But, since that isn’t very crafty, I thought they might like something to organize a few of their numerous supplies. Whether they’re at their desk at the front of the room or at a far table in the back of the classroom, they can put this Chair Back Organizer where ever they need quick access to some much needed supplies.

There are lots of pockets and spaces for all sorts of things! There are pockets for notebooks and folders….pencils and pens…little treats…even a place to hook your keys!

So, put it on your chair and load it up with all your supplies and goodies! Thanks for all your hard work teachers!

Tote for Teacher

*Project by Jessica @ Running With Scissors*

This tote was inspired by my 6th grade teacher. I remember her always carrying her purse, and this large navy blue tote that was kind of ugly and worn out. So here is a fun, colorful tote for the teacher that always has binders, graded papers, and other items to carry to and from their classroom.

I designed the tote to have a basic shape, where it’s a rectangular bag. What makes this tote different is the scrunch handle. Rather than sewing the straps on, I used a package of extra large eyelets to thread the strap through. This allows the tote to scrunch at the top, so the contents won’t fall out.

Made with white canvas for strength, and fully lined in turquoise, this tote could actually be reversible.
The back needed a little detail, so one blue tree stands alone.
The sewing is pretty basic and painting the tree design gives you lots of opportunity to make it unique for that great teacher who deserves a cute tote to lug all their supplies!

Teacher Tote

*Project by Deidre @ A Craft A Day*


It is no secret that every teacher takes work home to do on their free time. Why not give them a tote to carry that work home in style?

At first sight, it looks like a traditional tote, but the zippers on the side make it far more functional for any teacher!

Once the zippers on both sides are open, items in the many pockets are easily accessible. It also makes a handy place to do work when at Starbucks or any outing for that matter. On the right is a large pocket to hold a pad of paper (or to use to carry the grade book). On the left are 5 pockets plus 4 pen pockets to keep everything (including papers that need to be graded) organized and easy to reach. Any teacher would be thrilled to have this!

Apple For Teacher

*Project by Ann @ DecoMod Walls*

Make something memorable for a hard working teacher in your life. Candles, lotion, tote bags and pencil holders made in the shape of an apple are all nice. But, this year, give your teacher something she can actually use in the classroom, and your little one can benefit from too!
Apple game consists of 9 dice…yellowish squares for the consonants and apple green squares for the vowels. And to encourage “fill in the blank” learning, several free spaces are included.
This game can be played several ways. Roll the dice and let the kids make words. For older kids, use a timer and see how many words they can form in a minute by rolling multiple times. The score cards are a spot to write the words down, check spelling and practice forming letters.
You’ll need a sturdy box, 9 cubes, and a printer! Tutorial comes with a printable .pdf to make your own apple game in whatever size you’d like. You might want one to give and one to keep! Don’t miss the cute box, lined with the graphic apple print. Perfect finishing touch.
Kids love bold colors and simple designs. They will love rolling the oversized dice and using their own little score card. From preschool to highschool, this game is fun for all.

Teacher Gifts – Week 3

Craft #1 – Chair Back Organizer Lynette @ Get Your Craft On
I’m sure the gift a teacher really wants is a big wad of cash. But, since that isn’t very crafty, I thought they might like something to organize a few of their numerous supplies. Whether they’re at their desk at the front of the room or at a far table in the back of the classroom, they can put this Chair Back Organizer where ever they need quick access to some much needed supplies.

There are lots of pockets and spaces for all sorts of things! There are pockets for notebooks and folders….pencils and pens…little treats…even a place to hook your keys!

So, put it on your chair and load it up with all your supplies and goodies! Thanks for all your hard work teachers!

Craft #2 – Teacher Cover-All Apron Chris @ Pickup Some Creativity

I asked my favorite first grade teacher what she’d REALLY like to receive as a gift. She explained how she’d ruined a few pairs of pants during craft time when little hands pull at her legs. She told me she’d love an apron that covered her pants from front to back. The result is Teacher’s Cover-All Apron:

The apron is made with a gray denim, to give it lots of durability. The trim is a pretty white cotton with modern red flowers and wide red ricrac. The skirt covers all around the leg, and includes two large pleated pockets to keep craft supplies within reach. The wide double thick neck strap has d-rings to allow it to be adjustable as well as comfortable. The waist ties are long enough to tie in front, and allow for a customized and sturdy fit. The result is both pretty and functional. This apron could be customized for your favorite teacher in many ways, and the tutorial will teach you an innovative way to construct your apron without any visible seams. Help your favorite teacher look her best, especially after craft time, with the Cover-All Apron.

Craft #3 – Teacher Tote Deidre @ A Craft A Day

It is no secret that every teacher takes work home to do on their free time. Why not give them a tote to carry that work home in style?

At first sight, it looks like a traditional tote, but the zippers on the side make it far more functional for any teacher!

Once the zippers on both sides are open, items in the many pockets are easily accessible. It also makes a handy place to do work when at Starbucks or any outing for that matter. On the right is a large pocket to hold a pad of paper (or to use to carry the grade book). On the left are 5 pockets plus 4 pen pockets to keep everything (including papers that need to be graded) organized and easy to reach. Any teacher would be thrilled to have this!

Craft #4 – Apple for your Teacher Ann @ DecoMOD Studio

Make something memorable for a hard working teacher in your life. Candles, lotion, tote bags and pencil holders made in the shape of an apple are all nice. But, this year, give your teacher something she can actually use in the classroom, and your little one can benefit from too!

Apple game consists of 9 dice…yellowish squares for the consonants and apple green squares for the vowels. And to encourage “fill in the blank” learning, several free spaces are included.

This game can be played several ways. Roll the dice and let the kids make words. For older kids, use a timer and see how many words they can form in a minute by rolling multiple times. The score cards are a spot to write the words down, check spelling and practice forming letters.

You’ll need a sturdy box, 9 cubes, and a printer! Tutorial comes with a printable .pdf to make your own apple game in whatever size you’d like. You might want one to give and one to keep! Don’t miss the cute box, lined with the graphic apple print. Perfect finishing touch.

Kids love bold colors and simple designs. They will love rolling the oversized dice and using their own little score card. From preschool to highschool, this game is fun for all.

Craft #5 – Stationary Box with Pencil Holder Charlene @ eWillow

Every teacher I know just loves fun stationary! Imagine how excited your child’s teacher will be when she (or he) receive this handmade stationary box filled with cards…and pencils, too!
This is the perfect gift for kids of all ages to give to their teachers, from pre-school all the way up through high school.

The inside of the box has a divider to separate the cards and envelopes. Once the cards are all used up, the teacher can use the box as an index card holder for students to use when they check books out of the classroom library.

Teachers love writing thank you notes to all of their classroom volunteers. These handmade cards add the perfect personal touch! (Plus, a teacher can never have too many pencils, right?)

Craft #6 – Tote for Teacher Jess @ Running With Scissors

This tote was inspired by my 6th grade teacher. I remember her always carrying her purse, and this large navy blue tote that was kind of ugly and worn out. So here is a fun, colorful tote for the teacher that always has binders, graded papers, and other items to carry to and from their classroom.

I designed the tote to have a basic shape, where it’s a rectangular bag. What makes this tote different is the scrunch handle. Rather than sewing the straps on, I used a package of extra large eyelets to thread the strap through. This allows the tote to scrunch at the top, so the contents won’t fall out.

Made with white canvas for strength, and fully lined in turquoise, this tote could actually be reversible.

The back needed a little detail, so one blue tree stands alone.

The sewing is pretty basic and painting the tree design gives you lots of opportunity to make it unique for that great teacher who deserves a cute tote to lug all their supplies!

Craft #7 – Custom Notebook Cover Shilo @ “Toad”ly Crafts

It seems a teachers to do list is endless: Grade papers, Call parents, Meet with the principal, and on, and on…!

So lets give teacher a special place to write all those endless to do lists, sketch out lesson plans and jot down a quick note…


with a custom made composition notebook cover.

Having your child design and draw a special picture of his/her teacher

will make him/her proud to give their teacher this one of a kind gift. And the teacher will love the unique and reusable gift, when the notebooks full all she has to do is slip off the cover and slip it on an empty notebook.


You will be surprised how easily and quickly this cute cover comes together…you may just end up making one for yourself, cause lets face it, us moms and dads are pretty busy too!

Craft #8 – Ruffled Clutch Cheryl @ A Pretty Cool Life


At the end of each school year, teachers get more mugs, candles, lotions and picture frames than they know what to do with. Break free from the norm and give a gift Junior’s teacher might actually pick out for herself, like this lovely little clutch.

Perfectly sized for essentials for trips to the teachers’ lounge, but pretty enough to use after school and on weekends as a purse…

Made from vintage linens, lined with fun red and white polka dots and accented with a yellow ruffle, it’s an out of the ordinary gift you know she’ll love!