Teacher Gifts

May 6, 2011

Kelle Boyd of AnnKelle left a comment on my blog post about my elephants about a month ago.  I love her fabrics and stationery so I responded to tell her that I should make some elephants using her fabrics too.  Through some emailing and her generous gift of a 1/2 yard of metro market apples fabric, we decided to try some teacher gifts instead.  Perfect for this time of year!

Teacher gifts
I was sketching and trying to think of a new idea for my teacher gifts.  I always want to give them something useful but also special.  I kept coming back to making notebook slipcovers over and over again and I figured that must be the right choice.  Everyone needs a notebook, right?  And this adorable fabric, combined with onasburg, was a great fit.

I made a simple apple applique based on Kelle's apple shape.  I made a copy for you to download free!

Download Applique applique

The apple notebooks are for Anne's 2 preschool teachers.  They are wonderful, kind & intelligent ladies. The "Miss Nasser" notebook is for Elsie's 1st grade teacher.  Elsie adores her and she has been a great influence on her this year.  I had her write "Miss Nasser" and then I embroidered her writing with a hoop before I did the interfacing, etc.  I tried to get Elsie to do the embroidery but she got all frustrated and I figured it wasn't worth the battle, so I did it myself.  Oh well, but it still turned out cute and has a little 6 year personal touch!   

I love the buttons on these.  The pattern calls for a velcro flap but since these are for adults, I chose the loop and button closure which adds an extra cute detail.

The apple notebooks are fairly thick and because of this I added about .75" extra width when I created my measurements.  This extra fabric made them close more easily.  

Isn't this fabric the best?  Thanks Kelle!  I know the teacher's will enjoy their gifts.  What are you making this year?  If you want to try making the notebook slipcover, I have a coupon for you until the end of May.  Just type in the coupon code TEACHER to get 40% off the notebook slipcover this month!


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