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.
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:
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
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.
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?)
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 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…
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!