Teacher Gifts

It’s that time of year again.  Time to thank those folks who teach and guide my son, helping him become the man he’ll be.

My son has 7 teachers in his rotation classes.  At Christmas I made (and blogged about) coffee cozies for each of them and wrapped them around cups filled with goodies.  For the end of the year gift, with time constraints, I decided I would just buy them each a gift.


I bought these organizers at the dollar store and filled them with office supplies that I figure everyone can use either at work or home.  I know it’s not a ‘crafty’ gift, but I thought I’d post about it in case anyone is needing a neat teacher gift idea.  All that is needed now is a pretty (or masculine) ribbon tied around each of them and off to school they go!

  My son rarely comes home with homework and if he does it’s usually a project that takes a few days to complete.  We all have fun scouring our home (and often my sewing room) for supplies to make things; like a wooden raft, a model of a single cell, a homemade ice box.  I am reliving my childhood through my son and I couldn’t be having a better time of it!

My son’s time management skills are being honed by an amazing woman, his tutor.  We are very fortunate to be able to afford and to have found this wonderful tutor that has helped our son achieve some of the best grades he has ever gotten.  I wanted to show my gratitude in a more personal way.  At Christmas, I made her a pillow.  She says she still uses it even though it has a winter themed fabric.


I know the colours in her home are very neutral and I wanted to make something that had a classic look.


I made her a set of four reversible placemats (measuring 17″x21″)


and a set of four napkins (16″ square).


I am totally crushing on these!  I wish I had more of that bamboo fabric to make some for myself.  I may need to scour the stores to find some.  I have plenty of the other fabrics, or similar ones in my stash, so another set of these aren’t too far in the future.

I used medium weight interfacing between the two layers of fabric to give the placemats a bit more structure.  The napkins are double-sided as well with the reverse being my go-to neutral, Kona Snow.


I pre-washed all the fabrics to reduce shrinkage afterward.  Wow!  I need to figure out a better way of doing that!  I trimmed way too much in frayed threads.  I’m thinking maybe putting it all in a pillow case and tying it shut for the next time.

I’m hoping everyone finds these gifts useful and I’m hoping they feel my gratitude for being such great influences on my son.  I’m a believer in “it takes a village”.

Till next time…


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