Friday, June 15, 2012

Thank You Teachers!

I might have been a tad ambitious with my teacher gifts this year.  Shocking, right!  This year I decided to make tote bags which wouldn't have been so bad except I needed to make 4 of them. 

I volunteer in the school library so I had planned to make our fabulous librarian a bookshelf wall hanging but when I saw this amazing idea I knew what I was going to do for my teacher gifts...

I started with this one using some leftover Punctuation scraps from the Family Traditions quilt I made with Dexter's class last year.

As I was digging through my scrap bin I found some Dr. Seuss fabric leftover from my valance and realized it would be perfect!!! I call them Bag 1 and Bag 2:-)  The "bookshelves" are quilted panels that I sewed on as pockets. 

Dex even helped out by fussy cutting all the book titles for me. 

After 3 bookshelf totes I was a little over these and I'd run out of black so I decided to switch gears for my final bag.  This teacher had loved the Amy Butler Love Roses on the back of my Chain Reaction quilt and I had some leftover so I used this fabulous Market Tote tutorial by Bijou Lovely.  I wish I'd read this before I made all my other bags!  I love the way her technique for using a double layer on the bottom makes these bags stand up.  I will definitely be doing this for all my bags in the future...  I hate floppy bags!  These were a great stash buster and I'll definitely be making some more... just not any time soon;-)


  1. These turned out too cute! Love them!

  2. Gorgeous bags. I especially love the books ones. Very cute.

  3. What a great idea and they turned out great. Perfect teacher gifts.

  4. Those bags are super cute! How perfect for teachers, and great that your son was involved in making them!

  5. Cute bags and what great gifts.

  6. You have been busy. They're all great. Love the idea of the Dr Seuss books