One Hour Basket Teacher Gift

With the holiday giving season coming up, I want to share a bunch of the gifts I’ve made and never shared!

You probably remember the last gifts I shared about and probably remember the UW color scheme… Well, I kinda bought a lot more fabric than I needed for the first gift. So, I decided the end of school year present would be made with he same fabric! Every year since preschool, I have made tote bags for his teachers, with this label as a pocket on the outside.  Last year was the first year he had a male teacher and I wasn’t sure he’d want a tote bag, but I couldn’t not use the label… You can order the printed labels from Spoonflower. And you can download the label here.

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So I went with a one hour basket. Yep, one of those one hour baskets that take longer than an hour! I always use the same tutorial I used the first time I made this, from Kelby Sews. It takes me longer than hour becuase I alwyas make them pieced, rather than just a piece of fabric on the exterior.

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I started this one by cutting out a bunch of triangles. Did I say a bunch? Way too many… I have no idea what I’m going to do with the rest of them!

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I didn’t measure anything when I cut the triangles, but I did try to cut them as close to right triangles as possible without measuring or rulers. Then I sewed them together. Then I trimmed them. I wanted a certain height, but width I wasn’t concerned about. So I aligned my ruler so that I got a 5″ rectangle with the top and bottom edges aligned with the corners of the blocks.

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You can tell that they aren’t all the same width, right? And lastly, I quilted as you go onto the batting that gives the basket it’s shape.

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These baskets are great and you can give them to anyone for any occasion really! Every year I give the neighbors cookies. How awesome would it be to deliver them in one of these baskets?!? How about one ot hold all the Christmas cards? What would you gift these for?

 

 

Handmade Teacher Gifts

Halloween is over, and as much as I want to keep sewing for Halloween, I’m going to take a break and move on to handmade gifts! Not quite Christmas posts, but a few gift idea posts are coming up before I move into full on Christmas!

What do you do for Teacher gifts at the Holidays? I’ve always made handmade somethings! One year I made a two in one pouch for a teacher and one year I made a personalized pouch with the teachers initial pieced on it. I forget what else! ha! And then for the last two years, I’ve made these adorable little quilted ‘folios’ from the book Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays.

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I’m a little obsessed with buying quilting and cross stitch magazines, but I rarely buy books. One year, I found this book is  super sale bin at the bookstore and I bought it. I have to say it’s one of my favorite project books I have! The projects are focused on Christmas primarily, but most of hte projects also have suggestions for turning the projects into other holiday sewing projects. Stay tunned for some more projects from this book this holiday season!

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I made this one just like the directions say. I laid out my blocks how I wanted them, then turned them over, but forgot to flip their location… The little girl flying the kite was supposed to be on the front, not hte back! Oh, well!

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My family gave me all the lovely Cotton and Steel fabric for Christmas. I think it was a perfect choice for this little gift!

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I loved placing the little apple on the side pocket! Aren’t you supposed to give teachers apples?? I’m not exactly sure what apples have to do with teachers, but it’s a thing! ha!

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And then I made another one last year for his teacher. This teacher is a University of Washington grad, so I went with a UW themed version! Purple and gold with touches of black and white!

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Photo via Amazon

And for this one I combined the folio project with the Ho Ho Ho pillow project! The book has directiosn for each letter, so I made the W. I pieced this as quilt as you go and didn’t go back with any additional quilting. Looking back at this picture, i’m kinda inpreseed with how striaght my lines are! 

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And the inside of this one!

I’d love to know your favorite teacher gift go to! I have a new idea for this year….. More to come on that!

 

Tote-Ally Awesome Teacher Gift! A Tutorial and a Printable!

I think Teacher Appreciation Week might be this week…. I’ve been seeing a lot about it in the blogosphere, but our school doesn’t celebrate for a couple more weeks!

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So since most people seem to be doing it earlier than we do, I thought I’d post my tote bag project. We made a bunch for preschool teachers last year. Actually, my plan is to give these as end of year thank you’s, but I know some of you out there do more for Teacher Appreciation week.

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I think my favorite part is the tote bag pocket! I made these and debated on how to print them. Iron-on? Directly on to the fabric? Or Spoonflower? Spoonflower won! It’s sized to print quite a few pockets at once! And in different colors. You are welcome to go and buy it on the Spoonflower site for your own projects!

We are still fans of superheros, and in my book, teachers are pretty  much superheros! I know I could not do what they do! Even though my kiddo just says he plays all day, I am amazed at what his teachers do! And how they have him tricked to thinking he’s playing all day when he’s actually reading! That is some super powers at work!

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The kiddo helped me pick out the fabric for each of the bags. I used pretty much all fabrics from my stash! Oh, yeah! Loving using the stash! He even went so far as to pick each fabric for each teacher!

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And since the fabrics were all from the stash, the sizes of the bags vary a little here and there!

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And we made the tags, too! And we’re sharing the love with ya! You can download the PDF for the tote-ally awesome tags here.

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Would you like to make your own tote? You can make it for yourself too, if you’d like!

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For materials, it doesn’t take too much. I used a home decorating weight fabric for the totes. More cotton from the stash was used for the lining. The spoonflower fabric for the pockets. And webbing for the straps.

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Of course, the first thing is to cut all the pieces! For the top of the bag my pieces were approximately 12×16 inches. The bottom piece is approximately 7×16 inches. You’ll need 2 of each of these. The lining is approximately 18×16 inches and you’ll need 2 pieces. The pocket is 5.5×11 inches. The webbing is 45 inches on each side.

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Fold the pocket in half and center it on the front of the bag. Pin it in place. Pin the webbing over the sides of the pockets. Align both the pocket and the webbing with the bottom of the front piece.

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Sew on the webbing, stopping an inch from the top of the bag. Do this on the front and back.

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Sew the bottom of the bag and the top together, right sides together. And topstitch. Do this for both the front and back.

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Now sew the front and back together along both sides and the bottom. Do this for the lining, too. Leave a 3 to 4 inch hole in the lining stitching.

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Sew the bottom corners of both the outside and the lining together. Align the seams to create a triangle at the corners. I sewed a 3.5 inch corner. Then cut the corners.

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Put the lining inside the bag, right sides together, and sew along the top edge.

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Pull the bag out through the hole in the lining. And sew together the hole.

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Then topstitch!

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And you’ve got a tote! Pretty easy!

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And if you make a lot at once, you might just get a little silly!

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I might just have to make more!!! Do you think you’d make some?