August 26, 2012

All Moved! And End of Year Teacher's Gifts

We're all moved to the west coast now!  The kids haven't started school yet so it still feels like an extended vacation.  Nice weather, visitors, and even a side trip to Las Vegas for Calvin and I.  This summer has been busy, if a little scrambled.

We're in our house now and enjoying being settled and finally knowing where most of our belongings are (we never found the silverware tray though!)

The end of school was insane.  I was on the phone several times per day talking to moving people at one point.  I did manage to finish some teachers gifts that I was excited to give them.

Fabric Boxes!  This one was for Landon's teacher.  

I picked up the pattern at our local quilt shop.  It wasn't the easiest to follow or to sew.  I do love the results. The fabric was all from my stash.  I did buy this very stiff insert material to keep the sides and bottom flat and upright.

The binding had to be all hand sewn like a quilt is around the edges.

This one was for Etame's teacher.  I adored both of their teachers this year.  Making them something is my way of telling them I appreciate them.  I hope they felt that sentiment.

The boxes have zipper pockets on each long side on the outside and then pouches on the inside to hold pens, pencils, and scissors. This fabric was also from my stash.  I need to do more smallish projects like this to use my stash!

Appropriate for a teacher, no?

As stressful the end of the school year can be, I just love to complete these types of projects.  Etame even has her own label!  hee-hee.

Now, onto new schools and new teachers starting after Labor Day!


  1. Amazing! I LOVE the fabric for Landon's teacher and would like a tablecloth made of it--do you happen to have leftover material I can buy :-) Also, do you have any crafty sewing ideas for this week with my kids? we always do a sewing project but not yet this summer--and my brain is empty.

  2. You could do a small baby quilt, or cute little stuffed animal sleeping bags (see my Pinterest pin for this), or sleepover mats which involve sewing two big pieces of fabric together with seams as dividers and then insert a pillow into each one. It may be costly for the fabric and pillows though. I like he stuffed animal sleeping bags - small project but very cute.

    Oh, and I don't think I have any more of that material. I have been trying to use it all and I haven't been saving the scraps like I used to - no room!


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