Today is the last day of school for my oldest daughter. Since this is my first child in school, I am still trying to figure things out like teacher gifts and such. Our teacher appreciation week was a few weeks ago and my daughter brought a little gift for her teacher. Do kids give end of year gifts too? I have seen so many cute teacher gifts on Pinterest but I wasn’t sure if that was customary or if that was just one more thing that seeing all the creative ideas on Pinterest helps us feel like we have to do. I am all for doing creative things, hence this DIY blog, but some things are even a little out of control for me. Thinking about it though, I am very grateful to my daughter’s wonderful teacher. She has been so kind and has been an important person in my child’s life so I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with a little extra gift to express our appreciation. I had thought about purchasing some gourmet cupcakes at first but then I asked my dear friend, who is a teacher, what her favorite gifts have been. She said that she really liked the homemade gifts. Now homemade something I can do! The gift idea started out as a project for myself actually. I wanted to make a case for my sunglasses because they always end up getting scratched in my purse. Then a little phrase popped into my head and I knew it would be a darling teacher gift.
“Thank you for helping me ‘See’, just how fun learning can be”. I wanted to case to be slightly retro looking and all around cute. I made one case for my daughters teacher and loved it so much that I made one for myself too.
I chose my fabric, a light whitish color for the outside and a blue with white polka dots for the inside.
I cut two 8×5 inch rectangles from the white outside and two from the blue lining as well. This was for the teachers case. After it was finished I thought that the case was just slightly too wide. I cut the fabric rectangles 8 x 4 1/2 inches for my case. I am on the fence about which one I like better. THe 8 x 4 1/2 fits the sunglasses nicely but I feel like the 8×5 one just looks better. With the fabric cut I set out to make the sunglasses image. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a pair of sunglasses on freezer paper. Using the negative piece, I ironed it onto the right side of the outside white piece of fabric. The glasses are such a simple image that if you don’t have an electronic cutter, you could just trace a picture of glasses onto freezer paper and cut it out with an exacto knife. I used a black velveteen fabric paint from in black to paint in the sunglasses image. Following the instructions I let it dry for 4 hours and then set a piece of scrap fabric over it while I ironed it. That is what makes the velveteen pop and it sets the paint. To assemble the bag I used this simple to follow tutorial from Pink Polka Dot Creations. I got the sunglasses on sale so that helped cut the cost down and I had all the other materials for the bag already so it turned out to be a pretty cost effective gift as well. I still can’t believe that my little girl will be in first grade next year! I am not ready for her to grow up. At least we still have the summer and at least I can ring in the summer with my new cute sunglasses case!