Teacher gifts (yes really!)

15 Sep

I know it is the beginning of the school year here in the UK but due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to stitch up any gifts at the end of the school year.

I had seen a few patterns around that I wanted to try one of which was the Curvy Clutch by Pink Door Fabrics.  I rummaged around in my stash and found this gorgeous piece of fabric with deer on, I had no idea how it came to be in my scrap bin or what it was, Kerry reliably informs me is from Timber and Leaf by Sarah Watts.


In my trims box I had a length of gorgeous mustard yellow ‘lace’ that went perfectly with the yellow leaves and the Flea Market Fancy coordinating fabric.


Not only did I have the trim but also the right coloured zip too!


This pattern uses a lot of interfacing but it does give it a good structure.


I’m delighted with how this turned out and I would have been more than happy to keep it! Fortunately the teacher it was destined for was delighted to receive it.

The way that our reception year works is that all the staff job share so my son had 6 adults working with him through the week. They all worked with my middle child and some also with my eldest, they are pretty fantastic so I made them all a little something:


This Sleeping Bag pouch pattern is by Nilya and is available free on her blog.  It’s a great tutorial.  I used endless zipper as suggested as I had bought some for another purpose but I believe you could use a normal one if necessary: see Hadley’s post here on how she did it.

Yes there are more than 6 pouches there but there are a couple of TA’s (teaching assistants) who worked with my daughters and so there are gifts for them too:


Once I’d made one and was happy with how it worked I went in to production line sewing to make the rest.

These have now been gifted just 6 weeks or so ‘late’! Linking up with:


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6 Replies to “Teacher gifts (yes really!)

  1. I love that pouch, the fabric and lace are perfect!
    You are so good, Rose had loads of Nursery teachers last year so it was wine and chocolates to share between them from me!

  2. Cute zippered pouches! You did a great job picking coordinating fabrics for the interiors. That’s one of my favorite parts of making zippered pouches, the little surprise when you open them!

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