Anyone else out there have school-aged children? I've got a 4th grader and it all of a sudden hit me this morning that with the end of the school year fast approaching on June 6, I've got a couple of teacher gifts to figure out. Wouldn't it be nice to make some thank you presents for a change instead of going the box of gourmet chocolates route? Of course it would.
Earlier this school year, I made a set of cloth grocery bags for the school's silent auction fund-raiser, loosely based on one of the cloth totes in The Impatient Patchworker. (This is a great book, by the way. Jayne Emerson, the author, doesn't have the blogosphere cred that some crafty authors do, but who cares? I like an approachable craft book, and she uses a whole lot of Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up her projects. How can you go wrong?) Anyway, I made the bags from some Amy Butler prints I had on hand. They were pretty well received, so I may make something similar for my daughter's teacher and assistant teacher. Teachers always seem to be lugging around a ton of stuff, right?
But I may just make one of the fabulous projects featured on the Sew Mama Sew Tutorial Contest. So far, my other favorite teacher gift idea is the Square(ish) Bottomed Hobo Lunchbag from Emily at sewing notions. It's too late to enter the contest now, but I definitely recommend that you spend an hour (or more!) perusing the several rounds' worth of submissions. I guarantee you'll come away inspired with a fresh list of projects to try. I know I did! (Like I need more inspiring projects on my list....)