6 Handmade Gifts Any Teacher Would Love

ombre mug cozy

Whether it’s your child’s elementary school teacher or your college professor, celebrate the teachers in your life with a handmade thank-you. These projects can all be done in just a few working sessions, so you can have ’em ready in time for Teacher Appreciation Day.

1. Woven Basket

woven basket

Stylish, simple and an easy storage solution — there are so many reasons to gift this basket to a teacher in your life. It’s perfect for holding books, school supplies and anything else an educator might need.


2. Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts

fair isle mitts

Bust your yarn stash and knit a pair of mitts that’ll keep hands warm and fingers free. Although the colorwork looks intricate, these are knit without shaping so they actually come together pretty easily.


3. Apple Mug Rug

Grab your scrap pile, ’cause all you need are small strips to stitch this cute mug rug. It’s sure to get you an A+ from any teacher.


4. Fabric Storage Bin

fabric bin

Think about how cute these easy-to-make fabric bins would look when sewn in school colors! Not only would one (or three) look great in a classroom, they’d also give your teacher some much-needed storage.


5. Crochet Mug Cozy

ombre mug cozy

Use leftover yarn (that’s all the same weight) to stitch a colorful mug cozy. It’ll keep their morning cup warm while showing off their vibrant personality.


6. Felt Pencil Case

felt pencil case

Teachers need a place for their pencils too! With some felt and simple embroidery stitches, you can DIY a cute case and dress it up any way they’d like.


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8 Responses to “6 Handmade Gifts Any Teacher Would Love”

  1. Fran Bender

    I'm sure any teacher would appreciate a gift card to a coffee shop but come on people your negativity is outrageous and uncalled for. You are teaching our children to do the right thing well take a look at yourselves.

  2. Grace

    I realize teachers are under a lot of stress these days, so I guess that explains the grumpiness. Perhaps instead of complaining about these handmade gifts, one could suggest handmade gifts that they would find useful.

  3. Anne

    I’m a retired teacher working a couple days a week. I’m surprised at how many harsh comments there are from other teachers here. Sure, gift cards are nice, but a thoughtful handmade gift is always welcome. These tend to be the gifts that kids are so excited to give you. What’s not to love about that?

  4. Pat Meyer

    Couldn't you do better with the assortment of patterns. Only one knit, one woven, and one crochet with three seeing projects? All crafts deserve equal treatment. And you committed any cross stitch or embroidery.

  5. Dee Wilson

    The gifts seem thoughtful, however, the comments below are a little harsh. (Teachers prefer a handmade gift card holder with a gift card. I work in a school.)

  6. Ellen Sheerin

    I'm with Lori, a retired teacher and useless clutter for a classroom in most cases and I can just imagine how grubby the mug cozy would be after a week in a staffroom.

  7. Lydia Flores

    The woven basket & fabric storage bin would be useful for clutter, I would think. These are all things that could be given to anyone as a gift. As a coffee drunker, I especially like the mug cozy.

  8. Lori Kissell

    I'm a teacher, and no, no I wouldn't want to get any more useless clutter such as 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and I'd prefer to knit my own fingerless mitts.