So I’m pretty new to the “mom of a kid in school” thing. My 3 year old has been in a preschool a few afternoons a week and it’s all fairly laid back. So I haven’t really gotten into the mindset of teachers and school performances and picnics etc. I have a lot of years for that right?
Anyway, I was caught off guard when I caught sight of another mom handing over some gifts for the teachers earlier in the week. What?! Gifts?! Doh. I made them gifts for Christmas. I just wasn’t thinking about it for some reason (I’ve bought a bunch of graduation gifts lately too…but alas no teacher gifts). So what is a crafty girl to do but whip something up at the VERY last minute.
I know you don’t “have” to get something for the teachers but I really loved hers. And I think a nice handmade item (with a little gift card) is good way to show I appreciate all their hard work. I certainly wouldn’t want to work with 2 and 3 year olds all day long! lol Not my calling! So THANK YOU to Caitlyn’s sweet teachers who are tickled by her girly girl nature as much as I am.
As for the sewing… I asked both ladies what their favorite color is (surprisingly hard for them to answer. I forget that not everyone contemplates color all day long!). And then I tried throw something together based on that and make it a little bit me of course. I do not consider this type of sewing my forte at all but I can muddle through. I covered my zipper ends with fabric matching the lining of each bag.
I think I cut each piece (2 exterior home dec weight pieces and 2 lining pieces) at about 5.5″ x 9.5″. The zippers I had were 10″ zippers so I just shortened them to fit my opening. Before I sewed it all together (not doing a tutorial…there are tons out there…just google lined zippered pouch or something), I used a little double sided fusible and a fussy cut piece of cute fabric to add a little detail to one piece of the exterior.
I stitched around the outside edge with a simple straight stitch on the raw edge…those aren’t going anywhere with the fusible and pouches aren’t thrown in the wash too often, so all is good. I chose a lining that would be fun to see when you open up the bag. I love a good lining! So it was an Anna Maria Horner print for one and a Tula Pink one for the other.
It fits a gift card in a little bit of packaging well. And I think her teachers really liked them. At least they told me they did. 😉 Maybe they were just being nice to Caitlyn’s mom.