Monday, May 20, 2013

A Teacher Appreciation Gift - Scrappy Log Cabin Tote Bag


I can't seem to come to grips with today being May 20th.  How did that happen?!  My sweet little boy is going to be done with Kindergarten in 10 very short days.  This year has been so great for him, but challenging at the same time.  He has had the most AMAZING kindergarten teacher and I can hardly bare the thought of saying good-bye to her.  But alas, this year will end whether I am ready for it to or not.  There is no gift that would ever be enough to thank her for her kindness and compassion these last few months.

That being said, she is a quilter and I thought what would be better for her than something scrappy, quilted and handmade!



My son, Cohen, helped me dig through my scraps for the colorful log cabins and we fussy cut some adorable   teacher-ish fabrics for the centers.  I have never made a tote bag before and this tutorial by Maureen at maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com , was so easy to follow!  I cut some 2.5 inch center squares and 1.5 inch strips for the log cabins.  Then I just put 2 inch strips in between and made a border to equal how large the front panel was supposed to be.  Super easy!


I hope his teacher likes it!  And I hope I can hold it together these last few weeks of school!  Mommy is getting teary-eyed just thinking about it....

Cherie

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6 comments:

  1. I know just what you mean, Cherie! I can't believe my babies are growing up so fast. My oldest is finishing first grade this week -- where did the time go??

    LOVE your bag, and his teacher will too! :)

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    1. Thank you, Heidi! Oh, no...a 2nd grader?! Oh, geez....It seems when my kids were babies I couldn't wait for them to get a bit older (so they would sleep through the night and go on the potty) but now it seems like they are growing up too fast! Glad to know other mommies share in my pain!

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  2. Beautiful tote bag! You did a great job for your first time! She'll absolutely love it!

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    1. Thank you! I hope she likes it! I think the navy dot straps turned out to be a bit louder than I had expected! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Such a great job! I love the little apples and elephants. Too sweet. : )

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    1. Thanks Mia! And thanks for modeling it! :)

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