Tuesday, September 4, 2018

More Teacher Appreciation Bags

I wanted to share my teacher appreciation bags back in June when we gifted them but summer happened and you know how that is.  So I thought with school starting next week it was as good a time as ever.  In my last post I shared one of my all time favorite teacher appreciation bags, the Tom Brady bag.  This time I'll share the rest of the bags I made.  I really enjoyed making bags this year because my girls told me what they wanted for their teachers.  I've always sort of guessed what they might like from the few times I see them at conferences and during pickups.

This bag my youngest daughter was super excited about since she loves sloths.  It's all about sloths and llama's these days with her.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that this teacher also loves them.  I typically give the helper teachers shopping bags.  They are lightweight and can be folded up to fit in a purse.  I have these everywhere, in my purse, at home by the door, in the car, you name it!  I love that I can throw these in the wash and that they can use any fabric that I love but don't necessarily want a whole quilt of it or a piece of clothing made out of it.  I sell these in my shop.

For another teacher...she got this shopping tote.  I make my own labels with my inkjet printer and sew-in fabric sheets and stitch on.  I talked about the paper that I use in my last post.  I have bags that I've washed over and over.  The edges of the labels are unfinished and I find that they fray just enough to make it look like it's supposed to be that way...which it kind of is.

Their main primary teacher usually gets a pretty big and rugged bag.  All of my bags are meant to be used and washed a lot.  This bag was made with some heavyweight cotton fabric from Joanns.  It's stabilized with Pellon Thermolam.  I prefer Thermolam to fusible fleece because it's much heavier/thicker and gives good stability to the bag.

I added a zipped pocket on the outside of the bag.  I try to put these on most of the bags I make.  I just love to have my keys and phone right where I can grab them easily on the outside.

I also add a rectangle of Pellon 70 to the base of the bag.  It's a super heavyweight sew-in interfacing.  I cut it just big enough to fit on the bottom.  It gets sewn into the base of the bag over the thermolam when I am making the outside before adding the lining to the bag.  This adds a lot of stability to the bottom.  It makes a huge difference because even with a lot of weight it stays pretty flat.  This interfacing is totally fine to wash too.

I do one side full of pockets.  Three to be exact.  It's actually just one long pocket sewn right into the lining and then divided into three sections.  I have found that I really like having pockets along one side of the bag and keep the other side open for bigger things.  The other side has the zipped pocket on the outside.  That way both sides of the bag have pockets just one is inside and the one is outside.

And that wraps up all the bags I made for teachers this past end of school year!  Now it's time to start thinking about this years bags.

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