Monday, October 31, 2011

Teacher Tote

The teachers in my kid's lives do so much for them, and I wanted to make something special and personal for their Christmas gifts. These are also great for Teacher Appreciation Week! For the teacher tote, I had Caleb write a message to his teacher. This works great if your child likes to draw.... but mine doesn't :) He doesn't enjoy coloring or writing, so I'm sure his teacher will appreciate it even more.


Here's how to do it... scan your child's drawing. Use a photo editing program and flip or reflect the image horizontally. Print the image at the size appropriate for your project.
 Next use an iron transfer pencil to trace the image; iron it onto your precut fabric. Next, hoop your fabric and sew over your image using embroidery thread and an embroidery needle. I suggest using a backstitch as it is simple and allows the lines to keep their detail.

It's best to follow your child's lines from start to finish, so the hand drawn quality really transfers over.


After you've finished the embroidery part, apply it to a gift. I applied mine an outside pocket of a Poochie Bag. You can click here for the complete free tutorial. By the way, the pocket on the other side is made from the jean material with the alphabet fabric for lining. All the fabrics shown can currently be found at Joann Fabrics.



Thank you teachers!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6 - May 10, 2013. And the official Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8, 2013.

A thanks to CraftGossip.com for showcasing this post!

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