Handmade Teacher Appreciation Gifts

This weekend we set about making our teacher and teaching assistants appreciation gifts.
The idea for the bags came from this fab post on pinterest.


We bought the bags from hobbycraft for £1.00 each and used fabric pens that we already had to draw the lined paper design onto one side of the bag.

Then we had to make some items to fill the bags with! The ideas for the two handmade items came from a craft party that I went to a few weekends ago in Leamington Spa.
Firstly, we bought some plain brown sketchpads and some cutesy, vintage stamps – one different one for each teacher. Using some washi tape that I bought at the Berylune craft party, we made a border on the bottom edge of the book cover. Then using a pale blue inkpad we stamped the chosen design onto the top/middle of the front cover of each book.

The next item we made was a fabric covered pen pot. I was intending to use food tins, but we didn’t have enough empty ones and no-one wanted to spend the weekend eating beans! At the craft party we had little mdf pots to cover, but I couldn’t find any I could get hold of in time. Then I came across some pen pots in ikea that were the perfect size. They had a lovely design on them, so didn’t actually need covering, but I had my heart set on making our own covers and had bought some polka dot fat quarters that were really cute that I wanted to use.

We bought a packet of pens to put in each of the pots, and placed all the items – along with some really cute tissues, that I found in the clearance section of hobbycraft, into the bag.
We also made our own thank you cards.
handmade teacher appreciation gifts

The total cost of the gifts was less than £10 each, and added to the value of us making the gifts together, I think they are pretty priceless!