teacher gifts

May 31, 2012

Today was the last day of school for my girls.  I can't believe it!!!  It was somewhat bittersweet.  Penelope will be going to kindergarden next year and while I am SO excited for her, I am also a little nervous.  She is so very sweet, a little shy, and very innocent.  I hope the big school doesn't take that from her!  I know she will be fine but I hate to see the snarkiness that comes with growing up.  She is my sensitive, sweet one and I just hope she stays that way!

Anywho... the end of the year means teacher gifts!!  I wanted to make their teachers something really special this time since it was Penelope's last year.  Their preschool is AMAZING and I just wanted to let them know how much we love having them in the girl's lives.  I made each teacher a patchwork pillow.



I used a charm pack to make each pillow front.  I chose 36 squares and then cut them down to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares.  That made 6 rows of 6 squares.

Vintage Modern
Strawberry Fields
Salt Air
California Girl
I tried to pick fabrics that matched each teacher's personality since I haven't been inside their homes.

I made envelope closures on the back and bound them just like a quilt.  Each cover holds an 18" x 18" pillow form.  I was happy with how they turned out and the teachers really seemed to love them.  :)

Now that we have been at that school for 2 years I am running out of ideas on what to make for the teachers.  Adelaide will be there for another 2 years!  Help!!!  What do you guys make for gifts?  Keep in mind that I will have to make 4!  I have a feeling I won't be making each teacher a king sized quilt! :)






28 comments:

  1. I just finished teacher gifts and I also had to make four! I ordered some crushed brown velvet ribbon from Etsy and picked out pendants that I thought looked like each teacher and made ribbon bookmarks. I put small crystals and pearls on one end and the pendants on the other ends. :) Next year I'll only have to make 3 gifts (one less teachers aid) and I'm thinking about sewing, so I'm anxious to see what other people say on this thread!

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  2. Adorable pillows, Amy. I'm sure your children's teachers loved to get such wonderful gifts. I made fabric apples for my children's teachers this year plus tote bags for the main teachers. Between all 3 of my kids there's a lot of presents to be made and I have the same problem you do, my kids attend the same elementary school. I am totally running out of ideas what to make. I guess by the time my son is in the third grade the presents will have to start repeating.

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  3. They are gorgeous pillows, bet the teachers will be delighted! 2 yrs ago I made brooches for each teacher/assistant (there were 10 of them!), last year I made pencil cases and my daughter embroidered their names on! They were pretty cute and quite simple, wonderfully I still see the teachers using them!

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  4. oh Amy they are so sweet!! I'm certain the teachers will love them, makes a change from chocolate gifts :) ahh I hope your little Penelope will enjoy big school in September. Best wishes,
    Jessie, xo

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  5. Wow Amy I was just thinking about what to make for my kids teachers this year and it's nothing compared to your pillows! In the past I have made mug rugs and coffee cozy's paired with Starbucks cards. Before I was sewing plants and bookstore giftcards. I was thinking of making some fabric containers for the teachers desks this year but still not sure.

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  6. Great idea for teacher gifts. I love patchwork pillows :-)

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  7. last year I had 20 gifts to make. My 3 kids go to the same school, and my boys have teachers from PT, OT, SP, and paras. I decided to make them all small zip pouches, and filled them with small chocolates. I attached a note saying, "Thanks for being so sweet."
    here's a picture of some of the pouches:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/piggybaby/6001814060/in/photostream

    I wasn't so ambitious this year though! :)

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  8. These are just the nicest gifts Amy! I especially live that salt air one.

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  9. You did a great job on those pillows!! I guess I'm a slacker but since Syd goes year round I haven't done any end of the year gifts.

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  10. these are so beautiful and thoughtful amy!!! I'm so impressed. I'm such a teacher present gift slacker. :(

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  11. Hi there, I love the pillows! When my daughter finished with her intro to preschool class last year, I presented her teachers with the quilted chalkboard organizer from the MBS. I looked for charm packs with numbers/letters as a theme - Wee Woodland worked well.
    http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/04/quilted-chalkboard-organizer.html

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  12. When my girls were growing up....YEARS ago..(cough cough) I found that teachers really liked pins to wear....I used to take those tiny little wreaths made from vines and cross stitch a little something in the center (usually holiday themed) with cross stitch fabric, and hot glued a pin on the back! It made my girls feel special that their teacher wore the pin proud! I also sold them during the xmas/easter holidays..and those cross stitches are so easy to whip up, especially while watching a favorite tv program at night....LOVE the pillows you made!

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  13. As a teacher I would LOVE one of these! (far better than the tubes of hand lotion or chocolates!) I think a mug rug with a matching mug is a lovely teacher gift.

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  14. Such a great idea! But only YOU could do something like this, cause your amazing :) XOXO

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  15. I adore your pillows! Your machine quilting really sets them off. Beautiful gifts!

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  16. Beautiful pillows! I have the same worries about my 4 year old, headed to pre-K in the fall. She's such a sweet, caring little gal, I'm worried about her being hardened by school...but I'm telling myself that it's her nature to be this way and it won't be taken away by a couple possibly bratty classmates.

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  17. What beautiful pillows Amy!! I was a teacher had would have absolutely loved these as a gift!! Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Heather

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  18. The pillows are gorgeous! I think the teachers will know that you appreciate them !

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  19. beautiful amy. great job! i love the salt air especially.

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  20. hey Amy, haven't checked out your blog in a while and now see all I've been missing. You are over the top with your creativity. I LOVE the pillows....What a wonderful gift for the teachers. xoxo gail b

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  21. These are fabulous gifts. When I was a teacher I would have loved to receive one of these, instead I have soooooo many chocolates and flowers. Any homemade gift is a winner in my book. This year I have a pincushion theme for all the gifts I am making.

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  22. Wow lucky teachers!
    I am linking your blog to mine!

    Jocelan

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  23. Oh Amy!
    Those pillows are so beautiful. You are amazingly talented!
    I know how you feel about letting your sweet little ones go to the "big school". I remember going through the same thing many moons ago. I spent as much time as I could at school, volunteering for room mom, field trips, library, anything to be seen. My husband did too and I have to say, investing your time is the best you can give your kids. We did it all thru high school - sports, etc. It's fun being the "kool-aide house" because you always have a good idea what's going on!
    I hope the start of your summer is great.

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  24. The pillows are lovely. I'm sure they will be treasured. If only we could keep those little ones as sweet and innocent as they are in kindergarten.

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  26. Amy the pillows are all gorgeous!! I am especially loving the two made with fig tree fabrics but they're all wonderful!You always make the sweetest, most thoughtful gifts. I hope you and the girls are enjoying the summer days. :)

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  27. adapted your fabulous sewing kit tutorial and linked to it -thanks so much for that! http://www.quokkaquilts.blogspot.com.au/
    :)

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  28. Love the pillows! YOu spend a lot more time making teacher gifts than I do! Usually, I make something small and put gift cards in them. I have made tissue huggers, gathered clutches, and mug rugs.

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