November 8 ~ Gifts for Teachers

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Don’t forget to tuck a little note of thanks in with any of these wonderful gifts for favorite teachers on your list. Your thoughtfulness will be appreciated!

Make It

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Jessica from How About Orange has a nice Easy Fabric Vase Cover Tutorial that elementary school kids could probably even help create for their teacher.
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Quenna from Blissful shares a Zippered Top Lunch Bag Tutorial for the teacher on your list (or the student?!).
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This would be perfect with our “Mix It” recipe today! Liz from Lady Harvatine has an easy Quilty Mug Tutorial for you to try.
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We’re sure teachers would love a gift made with this Reversible Journal Cover Tutorial from Lara at Kirin Notebook.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: For the Table, Reading & Writing, For Your Purse or Pocket, Tote Bags and Lunch Bags.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Meg’s choice Lara’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

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Diana has some beautiful crocheted washcloth “scrubbies” in her Cocoa Beans shop, in addition to dishcloths and more.

Mix It

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We think a little coffee card and a treat make a perfect teacher gift. Try this Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti Recipe from Nook & Pantry for the treat!

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Win It

Interweave KNITS: Holiday Gifts 2008

From the Publisher:

The weather outside is frightful, but the knitting’s so delightful—so grab your yarn and needles and curl up with the third annual issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. From one-afternoon wonders to intricate treasures, there’s something to knit or craft for family and friends, other knitters, and even yourself. Learn easy techniques to dress up simple knitting, make luxury yarns go far, and get ideas for quick craft projects to share. And participate in our first-ever Count the Sheep Contest, featuring guest illustrator Franklin Habit, and win great prizes! Happy Holidays!

We know you’ve been oggling this one on the magazine stand. Now is your chance to win this special holiday knitting issue. There are some truly wonderful projects inside, which you can see on the Interweave site. Comment below to put your name in the pool. The winner will be announced Friday.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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193 Responses to November 8 ~ Gifts for Teachers

  1. Amy says:

    Oh, teachers gifts! You saved my butt with these great ideas. Thanks!

  2. Marcy says:

    I just found your ideas for teacher’s gifts! It’s May and I’m thinking the quilt mug would be a great end-of-the-year gift – as would the other ideas! These aren’t just for Christmas!

  3. janna says:

    Thanks for the gift ideas! Iwasn’t sure what to give my sons teacher, now I have plenty of ideas.

  4. mary says:

    The biscotti look yummy! Thank you!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I have a mug that needs some quilty goodness added to it!

  6. Sam says:

    Another brilliant selection of gifts to make. And I’m the teacher in my house, so I shall have to make them for me. Woo Hoo! πŸ˜€

  7. Am I too late? I’d love it.

  8. Georgi P. says:

    They also have a new “Stitch” issue that I’ve just ordered!!

  9. Kimberly says:

    mmm that biscotti looks awesome and i love the ideas. Keep em coming ! I’m getting so psyched for Christmas!

  10. Nicolle says:

    Thanks so much for all the lovely ideas. I think handmade gifts are very much appreciated!

  11. Sarah says:

    I LOVE the zippered lunch bags!

  12. Jessica says:

    makes me wish i was still a teacher…

  13. ran says:

    Thanks so much for all the ideas….and a chance at the book!

  14. What a cute lunch bag! I love the fabric.

  15. Anja says:

    I’m a teacher and I would love to get any of those lovely presents. I love the vase idea. So lovely!

  16. Michelle says:

    Gotta get over that “zipper” phobia I have…

  17. Jenn S says:

    Love the journal cover!

  18. Laura says:

    Love the journal covers. Wish there was a way they could be modified to fit a moleskine (or any notebook w an elastic closure).

  19. kristine hanson says:

    recipe looks yummo

  20. Eliza says:

    Just found your site through Whip Up. Love it! I wish I had more time for more crafts– I’m mostly a knitting girl, but would like to sew more too.

  21. Kimberly says:

    I love the vase coves, what a neat idea!

  22. Melissa says:

    I just started taking up knitting and crocheting again, this would be so much fun!

  23. Jessica says:

    I’m loving that quilty mug. How perfect!

  24. Heather B says:

    Love the fabric choices!

  25. Suzette says:

    this was a great post. the vase is great, but so it everything else.

  26. Sara D. says:

    Oh, I heart Interweave Knits – a holiday gift version would be divine!

  27. Amber says:

    Love these ideas! I just need to quit looking and start working!

  28. Jayme Lane says:

    I also love the journal covers and lunch tote.

  29. Danique Maurer says:

    I love, love, love the dishcloths, how simple, yet beautiful!

  30. CodeCrafter says:

    That lunch bag is so cute! The journal cover looks really great too.

  31. Shanna says:

    I love that lunch tote. I am really enjoying the daily ideas… it really inspires me to make more things.

  32. Tammy :) says:

    The journal cover tutorial is awesome! I love how it has the actual fabric in the tutorial!

  33. Tracy C. says:

    I am having so much fun looking at all the handmade Christmas stuff this year. Its all too wonderful.

  34. Crystal says:

    That biscotti looks delicious, and I’ll take a magazine too!

  35. britt says:

    Loving the vases. We are not really giving gifts this year (a recent decision) but those would be great hostess gifts

  36. susan says:

    i love the reversible journal cover — and the fabric picks are great!

  37. Anna says:

    I love Quenna’s Lunch Bag!

  38. Love the lunch bag! I made a whole lot of these last year and this tut would have been awesome!!

  39. Melinda says:

    I love that lunch bag! It’s huge!!! I’m out of the house for 10+ hours a day so I tend to pack more than just a lunch. This would be perfect!

  40. oh, I am loving that tut., for the zipper topped lunch bag…thanks for sharing!

  41. Amanda says:

    Oh I’ve been wanting a pattern for a journal cover for some time!

  42. Deb says:

    what a neat idea. can’t wait to make some for the kids to take

  43. Emily says:

    This is a great list & thanks for the reminder links to archive links! I think the lunch tote might be perfect for dd’s teacher and a couple others on my list!

  44. Yetta says:

    oohooohoooh I want to knit! Me! Me! Me!

  45. Valerie says:

    OMG! Guess what my daughter’s teachers are getting for Christmas this year?? Those mugs are GREAT!!!

  46. Michelle F says:

    How cool are those vases?? That is an excellent teacher’s gift…. Note to self…… vases for teachers!

  47. Shannon Reed says:

    I love all of these ideas. Like many of the above posters, I’m a teacher, and I truly appreciate a handmade gift from one of my students more than anything else. : )

  48. Grand dad says:

    I agree the biscotti look yum but doing the vase cover with kids is the best!

  49. Dawn says:

    A a teacher myself, I can say that I love the idea of homemade gifts! I certainly value something functional that I can use all year. I really have enough chinsy Christmas decorations!!!

  50. Kelli says:

    It just keeps getting better! Thanks!

  51. Mary says:


  52. Stacy says:

    I love the lunch tote idea! That was too cute!

  53. ellen says:

    So cute…love the journal covers.

  54. Lynne in NC says:

    How did I miss yesterday’s post? Did Saturday just pass me by?
    I did find the insulated tumblers like the one used in the Quilty Mug at the Dollar Tree!
    Another day of wonderful ideas. Thanks everyone.
    Lynne in NC

  55. brittany says:

    love all three fabrics today! and the journal covers are great!

  56. Shawn says:

    I love the lunch bag!

  57. Wow, the biscotti and coffee card is a great idea!

  58. Heidi says:

    I love the fabric choices for this one. Awsome!

  59. Christina says:

    love the lunch bag and mug!

  60. Cathy says:

    I should make that lunch bag…

  61. Liz says:

    as one who functions as a teacher (early childhood special ed), i love the fabrics used!

  62. Amy says:

    that biscotti sounds wonderful! Loving the vases!

  63. elizabeth says:

    I could use all of these tutorials for myself! What a great group. I especially love the lunch bag, mine is shot.

  64. Rebecca says:

    The biscotti looks delicious!

  65. Erin says:

    Cute stuff, as always. πŸ™‚

  66. Jennifer says:

    I like the lunch tote – I may just have to make one for myself πŸ™‚

  67. Tammy says:

    The journal cover is very neat! Who needs a teacher to gift to? This would be perfect for me. πŸ˜‰

  68. Tina says:

    Those fabric vase covers are a great idea. It would be perfect for my son’s Montessori teachers since they have so many plants in the classroom.

  69. Julie says:

    Those biscotti look delicious. If I were still a teacher, I’d love to get one of those lunch bags from a student.

  70. Leslie says:

    I love the quilty mug, it would be a great addition to a gift basket!

  71. Brookie J says:

    Wonderful projects…definitely unique & useful at the same time!

  72. betsy says:

    as a teracher I definetly would love the lunch bag and the journal cover.

  73. Lori says:

    Will try to find plastic vases to cover so the techers can use them in the classroom arounf the preschoolers. Great ideas!

  74. Kat says:

    Oooh – I hope my students see this!

  75. Dejah Leger says:

    Wow, I just went on quite the craft journey by following some of these links. There are some seriously amazing crafters out there (so humbling, so intimidating, so inspiring!) I love the lunch bag tote, and I think any teacher would be thrilled to have any one of these thoughtful, handmade beauties.

  76. Katie W. says:

    I love the vases. I have so many of these sitting under the sink. I feel too guilty to throw them away. Now I know how to give them a second life!

  77. Shelley says:

    really cute ideas, I like the look of the lunch tote

  78. Rane says:

    Hope I am not to late to post, up late with a teething baby! Busy day and did not
    get until now to look!
    LOve the ideas! The quilted cup is so country cute in a modern starbucks kinda way…
    but if you tote your own coffee in this it is country cute and cheep! I seen these cups
    at the everything for a dollar last week!!!! I hope they are still there!!
    I am going to go check out the scrubbies… thanks all and good night!
    Rane and baby

  79. MelissaB says:

    Love the journal covers and the lunch bag.

  80. Jenn M says:

    I enjoy your giveaways! Thanks!

  81. jackie bateman says:

    i love all of these ideas.

  82. Anary says:

    The project are amazing!!! I loved that lunch bag..perfect incentive to take something healthy from home!

  83. Patty says:

    I can’t get the post for Gifts for Pet Lovers to open. I even googled it and Google gave me the link but even that would not load. Is it just me?

  84. Jen says:

    Great idea’s!

  85. Shannon says:

    so much better than the usual box of chocolates!

  86. Dawn says:

    Thank you for these ideas…we’ve been brainstorming for something for our teachers!

  87. Rebecca says:

    I’m a teacher and those would be welcome gifts! But I must admit, the thing that really caught my eye was the IK Holiday Gifts magazine. I’ve been checking our BX since the day it came out in the states and we still haven’t gotten it… and now I can’t remember if we get special issues!

  88. I love the lunch bag tutorial! Thanks!

  89. Libby says:

    Love the lunch bag and journal covers. Thanks for the tutorials.

  90. D'Lane Moore says:

    I am a teacher and would love to get the mug with a coffee gift card tucked inside.
    Thanks for the ideas!

  91. Jess says:

    Great Ideas!

  92. Jessy Roos says:

    I’m liking the fabric covered vase, it seems like a great way to snazzy up a cheap vase and make it personal. And of course the apple fabric is adorable!

  93. Rebecca says:

    I’d love to win this for my grandmother – she’s my knitter and would love some new ideas!

  94. Karla says:

    The lunch bag is amazing and I can’t wait to try to make one!

  95. Bonnie says:

    What a great lunch tote! By the time my little Evie is old enough to have teachers I will have such a stockpile of ideas it will be hard to chose just one!

  96. Sarah S says:

    The quilty coffee mug is genious! Adorable.

  97. Kathryn says:

    My Mother-in-law is a retired teacher. I know she’ll love that lunch tote. It seems teachers can never have too many totes…

  98. Karen says:

    Great ideas! So different from the usual teacher’s gifts : )

  99. Michele says:

    I love it! My sister is a teacher and these are great gift ideas for her.

  100. Marguerite says:

    When I was teaching, I loved getting coffee cards — would have loved them even more with biscotti! What a clever idea!

  101. shelle says:

    I really need to start making gifts, thanks for the inspiration!

  102. melissa p. says:

    i think I want that lunch bag! i can gift to myself, can’t i?

  103. Sara says:

    Fabric vase cover and biscotti are on my gift list…

  104. Caitlin says:

    I love those sewing ideas, and also the cute crocheted scrubbies!

  105. Jo Anne says:

    No excuses for having scraps laying around – to many ideas for them!

  106. Steph says:

    awesome – you guys are really cranking it up – keep it coming!

    Purely selfish suggestions: gifts for – gardeners, outdoorsmen (working on some camo stuff for my dad now!), and professionals (nurses, doctors and new lawyers, for example).

    THANKS! πŸ™‚

  107. alison says:

    Love these ideas for teacher gifts!

  108. Christina says:

    I love the reversible journal cover and wow does that biscotti recipe sound good!

  109. Esther says:

    Love these ideas!

  110. Bree says:

    My mum, mother in law and sister are all teachers and I can tell you that some well thought out gift s like these would be very much appreciated.

  111. Christy says:

    Oh…love the lunchbag!!

  112. Jocelyn says:

    Yummy! We love biscotti!

  113. Some fantastic ideas!

  114. Sue says:

    Love the journal covers and lunch bag.

  115. Kristin says:

    love the journal covers and that biscotti looks yummy!

  116. Joanna says:

    more great ideas. now I just need to find more time!

  117. Tiffany says:

    Nice to see some more practical, useful teacher gift ideas. My mom’s been teaching for over 30 years, and the gifts she actually LIKES are the ones she can use and/or the kids actually made or helped make (like the mug or vase ideas). A close second is gifts for the classroom like gift cards for school supplies/office supply stores and bookstores, which takes some of the burden off what she buys out of her own pocket. So how about the vase sleeve- have your kid help you pick out the fabric/make it and include a gift card and a note about your child helping with the gift! My son’s only 2, but this is a great one for me to put in my “someday soon” file!

  118. Lalli says:

    All these projects are so cool. πŸ™‚ I love all of them.

  119. Marie Greene says:

    Gosh, these make great gift ideas, too! I love the idea of a vase cover. I have never heard of such a thing, but it’s fabulous!

  120. Brooke says:

    The fabric insert for the coffee mug is a great idea!

  121. Jodie says:

    My mom will love the biscotti! thank you.

  122. Mari says:

    Great ideas, thanks! It’s not so easy to give gits to male teachers, I think they’ll get some tote bags to carry their books around.

  123. kelli says:

    Love the quilty mug. I’ll be looking for one of those next time I’m in Target!

  124. Krista says:

    Don’t forget that JUST BECAUSE S/HE’S A TEACHER doesn’t mean she loves all things apple.

    Teachers are normal people with normal tastes and preferences. Don’t drown him/her in apple motifs unless s/he actually likes apples.

  125. amy says:

    Oh, I love some of these ideas! Especially the coasters and the lunch bags! We homeschool… but I can definitely think of some great uses for these ideas. Thanks!

  126. Rebecca says:

    The journal covers look great! So does the book πŸ™‚

  127. Amelia says:

    I do love the idea of pairing the biscotti with the mug. That’s the perfect idea for any coffee lover!

  128. Jill says:

    I am always at a loss when it comes to teacher’s gifts. Thanks for the great ideas!

  129. Mary says:

    Those vases look great, I’ve been saving a lot of jars to use as vases… a nice inexpensive gift for lots of people! Thanks!

  130. Sherral says:

    I wanna win!

  131. alison says:

    I’ve used the journal cover tutorial many times, its a brilliant tut and always turns out well.
    Biscotti looks so good!

  132. Kacy says:

    Meg, that fabric is GREAT!

  133. Tabitha says:

    Journal cover is perfect and the biscotti looks soooo yummy. Can’t wait to try them!

  134. Shellie says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  135. Josiane says:

    I *love* the reversible journal cover! There are no teachers in my life, but it would be perfect for me! So will the biscottis… πŸ˜‰

  136. Lindsey says:

    that lunch tote is super cute! love all the fabric choices, seems Apples are popular this year

  137. Jenny says:

    I’ve been looking for a lunch bag pattern for so long. Can’t wait to try it out!

  138. Becky says:

    The quilty coffee cozy idea is wonderful. Who would have thunk?

    And I’d love to win the magazine. New ideas!!

  139. Alana Jo says:

    I love all of these. I can def see me making the vase covers and the mug one too.

  140. mary says:

    I love the fabric vase idea!

  141. Karen says:

    Love it! Been trying to learn to knit, but never could quite get it. maybe now I will. Also I have to say I love the lunch bag!!!

  142. Hannah says:

    very cute. i can’t wait to try the journal cover and the lunch bag. I think I will be making those Pistachio biscotti’s sometimes soon too. Thanks again for the wonderful ideas!

  143. meg says:

    what fantastic fabric choices on that journal cover!

  144. Susan says:

    Lots of great ideas today. The zippered lunch tote is definitely on my to do list.

  145. Julie says:

    I don’t have kids yet… but maybe some of those ideas will work for my coworkers. Thanks again for the inspiration

  146. Natalija says:

    I think I will use that journal cover for quite a few things. Thank you for that link.

  147. missknitta says:

    Can’t wait to try the biscotti πŸ™‚

  148. I love that lunch bag! And the biscotti looks tasty, too.

  149. Sarah AJ says:

    Those are great! I think my DH (a teacher) needs a new lunch bag. πŸ™‚

  150. Michelle says:

    I just bought one of those travel mugs.. I think this may be a quick craft this afternoon!! Oh and Lara’s choice for fabric?? SO CUTE!

  151. Lil' d says:

    I was just wondering this morning what to make for the teachers – thank you for the ideas.

  152. Judy says:

    Great ideas. Love the vase and the reversible journal cover.

  153. Vanessa says:

    I love how there are new tutorials even on the weekends!! Can’t wait to finish the housework so I can get to sewing.

  154. Megan says:

    Ooh, I think I might try the zippered lunch bags for my son’s teachers. What great ideas!

  155. Deb says:

    Add journal covers to list – check = } thank you!!

  156. debra says:

    I am making the journal covers for my girls preschool teachers. What a great gift that is so versatile!!

  157. Betsy says:

    My kids aren’t in school yet but I think that vase would look great on MY countertop.

  158. Tara says:

    the little mug is so sweet. i would love to make it for myself….. =)

  159. Steph says:

    Cute ideas, I love the journal cover!

  160. Geri says:

    I think I’ll use some of my scraps to do a couple of vase covers…Thanks so much!

  161. Feather says:

    I have been looking for a cover for my calendar. I think that I will try the journal cover for me. I am kids first teacher…RIGHT?

  162. Monica says:

    What great ideas! I have six teachers to get presents for this year! Going to try the journal covers and see what the girls think! A grand thank you to all the artists/crafters that have shared their projects! Tootles, Monica

  163. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the ideas, I like the lunch tote and the biscotti look heavenly!

  164. Bethany says:

    More great ideas!

  165. Annie says:

    Oh wow a biscotti recipe!! Now I can make some and try it! I have never tried biscotti before! Guess what I will be doing today!! Thankyou!

  166. MegVS says:

    Love those scrubbies!

  167. Whistlepea says:

    I have a subscription to Interweave but the Holiday Knits is never included! I would love a copy.

  168. Emily says:

    I really like the fabric vase project. I’m going to try it for one of the kids’ teachers.

  169. Christy says:

    I love the notebook cover!! Great job. Thanks

  170. Thea says:

    I am a teacher, so this section can cover gifts for all of my coworkers!!

  171. Natalie says:

    So much holiday-crafty goodness. We are ever more inspired.

  172. Ellie says:

    Looks like I’m the first one up this morning- great pics for teachers. I love your website!

  173. Susana says:

    This is SO thoughtful! And I can’t wait to make that lunch bag!

  174. Wow – the lunch bag idea is great.

  175. Jennifer N. says:

    I think every teacher would love those biscotti! Keep up the excellent holiday work. Thank you very much.

  176. kim3timemom says:

    Love the zippered lunch tote..can’t wait to try this one. Thanks for the great ideas!

  177. Beth says:

    As a teacher, I give these ideas an A+ (sorry, I had to go there!) I’d be delighted to receive that journal cover, but all of the gifts are great. It’s nice to see something beside the standard candle or bubble bath – what I really need is an hour to use those!
    My daughter’s teacher will now be getting a covered vase. I think I’ll incorporate an embroidered drawing of hers on some linen with some fun fabrics.

  178. Michelle says:

    Love lookylooing, thank you for the giveaways, they are just the icing on the cupcake. MMmmmm

  179. Jacqui says:

    Great ideas, not just for teachers of course. I have just finished my teacher gifts for this year but will keep these in mind for next year.

  180. Susan says:

    The reversible journal covers are wonderful. I’m sure my friends who spend a lot of time reading and journaling will appreciate these as much as any teacher. I’ve made covers before, but never thought to make them reversible. I’m so glad this site taps into so many creative minds.

  181. Maggie says:

    I am always looking for something handmade and simple for teacher gifts. These are great! Something I made last year was lavender eye pillows using Dick and Jane fabric. They were so simple.

  182. anne says:

    Love all the holiday ideas. Thanks.

  183. Shalimar says:

    Quilty mug is brilliant, because I’m over photo mug. LOL

  184. Molly Webb says:

    This makes me want to have a teacher in my life just so I can give them a present!

  185. Terriaw says:

    Those scrubbies are awesome! I love that idea and they look so plush. I think that biscotti recipe looks perfect for my holiday party. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

  186. Ms. Cleaver says:

    The notebook cover is so cute – it’d be especially great on those classic composition books.

  187. craftytammie says:

    These are great ideas! I have been making the Quilted List Taker (from JCasa) this week for teacher gifts – they are simple and fast to make! I’ll be posting pics later today, come by my blog and take a peek!

  188. Annie says:

    I think I’ll try the vase cover! Great idea.

  189. Emily says:

    As a 6th grade teacher, I’d LOVE to receive any of these handmade gifts.

  190. Laura says:

    Fabulous ideas, even for the male teachers on my list. Take care.

  191. Joy says:

    My mother was a teacher and received loads of the same “world’s greatest teacher” type
    gifts every year. She taught 35 years! She would’ve been delighted to get a great gift
    like these!!

  192. Beth G. says:

    Very cute ideas! Maybe I’ll try lunch bag

  193. Margie says:

    Oh I can’t wait to make a few journal covers. I think the lunch tote is great too!!

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