Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teacher Appreciation gifts

Outside the elementary school across the street stated it is time for Teacher Appreciation Week; so, here is a quick blog to give you some ideas.  Last year I did a 3 part blog on Gifts for teachers so you might check out that one, too.

Tissue Pouch

Materials:  sewing machine, pins, cutting board, thread, measuring chart fabric scraps, scissors, iron and ironing board
Start with two scrap pieces. These don't have to be large pieces.  Cut 2 pieces right sides together; so that, they are ready to sew - both pieces should be 6" x 7e
Use a scant 1/4" seam (or less), sew along the edges leaving a small opening on one of the 6" sides. Make an opening on the right hand side.   Clip your corners.
Turn right side out. Then use your scissors to push out the corners.  Press. 
You need to close up that hole that you left, so then top stitch along that side. Go ahead and top stitch along the other side, too, so that both sides look identical. Clip those tail threads.
Place the square with the outside fabric facing you; fold the two topstitched sides into the center.

Using a very narrow seam allowance, stitch along the sides (the sides that have not been topstitched)

Mouse Pad Wrist Rest

Materials:  Thread, fabric, sewing machine, pins, scissors, dry rice, funnel
Take a piece of material 24cm x 16cm (9.5 x 6.25"),  Stitch around the edges, leaving a gap of around 3cm (1") to turn out.
Fold in half lengthways right sides together and pin.
Stitch around the edges, leaving a gap of around 3cm (1") to turn out. Snip corners.
Turn right sides out through the gap, and then fill 2/3 full with dry rice using a funnel.

 Pin and machine stitch the gap closed.  Now to make the cover.   Cut a piece of fabric 28 x 16cm (11 x 6.25"), and double turn one of the shorter edges and stitch to neaten.
Finally lay the rectangle of fabric right side up, fold the finished short end in 4cm (1.5").  Fold the other end over.  Then pin and stitch along the top and bottom sides:  Turn right sides out, slide in your rice pack.

Open Sesame Fabric Doorstop

Materials:   1/4 yard x patterned cotton fabric, 1/4 yard x contrasting cotton fabric, 2kg rice or dried split peas,
Print and cut out the doorstop pattern pieces. Cut one 18” x 5” rectangle for the doorstop side A and two 10” x 3.25” rectangles for the handle ties. Cut both on the fold from the patterned fabric. Now cut one 18" x 2.75" rectangle for the doorstop side B and two 6" circles for the top and bottom from the contrasting fabric.  Stitching it up
With right sides facing, stitch doorstop sides A and B together.  Press seam allowances open. Fold straps in half lengthwise and stitch down the side and across one end. Turn right side out and press. Tack unfinished ends to opposite sides of doorstop top.
Handle ties side A 18” x 5” top cut 2 6” Stitch side edges of the large rectangle together.  Press seam allowances open.  Pin and stitch side to top and bottom circles, leaving bottom seam open for turning through.  Turn & press stitch
Leave open 10” x 3.25” strap cut 2 side A cut 1 A top side B 18” x 2.75” side B
Cut 1 B turn right side out. Make a funnel out of paper and fill with rice or dried split peas. Stitch up gap in seam.

Share your ideas on this or anything here on the blog either here or e-mail me at stipple@verizon.net.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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