National Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up on May 6th. Do you like express your gratitude by giving your children’s teachers gifts? Take it up a notch this year by gifting something handmade. There are so many sewing and quilting projects that can make a really unique gift for a special teacher. Not only will these projects will shine among the other gifts, you will have fun making them. Here are a few quilted gift ideas to get the wheels turning!
You’ll earn an perfect mark with these handmade gifts for teachers!
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Quilted Laptop Tote
Many teachers carry laptops to and from school each day, so why not make them a carrying case that is both functional and pretty? This versatile pattern includes directions for three different sizes, four pockets and two different carrying straps. The quilt-as-you-go technique allows for quick construction.
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Alphabet Mug Rug
Decorate the desk of your child’s favorite teacher with an adorable mug rug. A 5″ x 9″ miniature quilt can fit three to four letters, so use your imagination! A name, initials or special word make for a special gift. The pattern sheets are full sized, and three hearts and a star are included.
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Fabric Handle Basket
Organization can be cute! The Fabric Handle Basket has two pockets and a sturdy bottom that allows it to sit flat. Directions for two sizes are available: 15″ x 19″ and 13″ x 15″.
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The Idea Pouch is a cute way to organize and transport notebooks, moleskins, gadgets and writing tools that are used everyday. Two sizes are available, so why not make a pair? The memo closure is a playful way to use colorful ribbon and buttons.
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Insulated Lunch Bag
Try something new with this insulated lunch bag! This is the perfect pattern to learn new techniques, like how to insert a zipper and how to work with new-to-you materials like nylon/Insul-Bright. This lunch bag is easy to sew and features handles, a zippered top and waterproof lining. Any teacher would love to carry their lunch in this adorable bag!
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You can recycle old material by making this Sweetheart Bag! The photographed example above is made out of a thrifted wool skirt and some old curtains. A magnetic snap closes the top and provides a professional finish. Raid your closet for some clothes you no longer wear, or even choose some of your favorite fabrics. Either way, the finished product is a charming little bag that any teacher would love. The best news? This pattern is free!
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Here is one last pattern, and it is also free! Use some leftover fabric scraps in your teacher’s favorite colors to create a lanyard. Many teachers have to wear them to carry an ID card or keys, so why not make it pretty? The finished product is 19.5″ long.