A Handmade Gift for a “Tote”-ally Awesome Teacher!

DIY End of Year Teacher Tote

I have always wanted to make an end of year teacher gift but have been too busy or last minute and just contributed to the class gift instead.  Well this year when I heard that Sienna’s class would not be doing a collective group present, I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to DIY a gift!  I scrolled through Google Images for fun ideas and decided upon this tote bag tutorial from Skip to My Lou.  It was cute and simple, plus I could use a cheesy pun on the gift tag!  If you’re looking for a quick sewing project, this one is just right.  You need to be able to sew straight lines – that’s it.  The only changes I made were to iron some medium weight interfacing onto the wrong sides of the floral fabric before starting any sewing, and backstitch over the handles as I was sewing the layers together.  This gives the bag more body and makes it a little sturdier so it can handle a bit more weight.

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I love using a different fun fabric for the lining.  And this bag is made to be reversible, if her teacher ever wants to switch things up!

This bag would be perfect for carrying books…

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Her day to day essentials…

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Or any baby necessities (she has an adorable one year old!)

IMG_2005Sienna wanted to give one of her stuffed animals to her teacher’s daughter (so sweet!) and we also tucked a little Target gift card in there.  Because every teacher wants a gift card to Target!!

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Just don’t forget your cheesy pun-tastic gift tag!!

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This bag is a quick and thoughtful DIY teacher’s gift, but it would also make a great present for a friend.  Tuck a few of her favorite things inside and I’m sure she will love it.  You could use leftover “what do I do with this” fabric to make some reusable shopping bags.  A sturdier, woven fabric would make a great library bag.  Or use some cute fabric and sew up a new bag for yourself – just for fun!

Let me know if you make one yourself, or what you did for end of year teacher gifts!

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