Show a favorite teacher how much you appreciate them with these great gift ideas which we think are sure to please teachers everywhere.

Make It

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The Ribbon Sleeve from Ellen of The Long Thread is a quick and easy gift kids can make to perk up their teacher’s desk or classroom.
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Jennifer’s Patchwork Notebooks she created for us are another great way to add a little color and help a teacher stay organized throughout their day.
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With eight pockets perfect for separating out school supplies, we think this Teacher Tote from Kirstin & Jordan of Kojo Designs will be the only bag a teacher will need!
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Chris at Pick Up Some Creativity likes to add coordinating fabrics and a little ric-rac to her Teacher’s Coverall Apron which is great for keeping spills and splatters off clothing.
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Protect and organize their favorite writing tools in style with our Pencil Case designed by LiEr. You could make it extra special by adding their favorite pens or pencils for a thoughtful and unique gift.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Teach & Learn, Write!, Gifts for Science & Tech Lovers, Gifts for Multi-taskers, Gifts for Bookworms, and more Gifts for Teachers.

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:

Buy It

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Margaret writes,” I actually came up with the idea for the Know It All Set because my sister is a teacher and complained that there weren’t any ‘cute’ pencils. They were so popular that now there’s 6 different sets!” Check out all the sets and more “Confections for your Correspondence” at Paper Pastries Etsy Shop.

Mix It

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Melissa from Tiny Happy shares her recipe for Pepperkake which is also known as Christmas Spice or Gingerbread cookies. Add a little frosting and dip in hot coco for a sweet treat.

Print It

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Kristina Walton of My Heart Behaves designed these free, printable gift tags for Creature Comforts and also included quick & easy DiY instructions!

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

Edited by Kathleen McCafferty
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-700-9)

From the Publisher:

Want to Craft-In? The recent resurgence of interest in craft circles, stitch-and-bitches, and indie craft fairs shows that crafters want to connect in person. But what group projects will scratch everyone’s crafting itch? Each of the 12 booklets in this boxed set is chock-full of projects by standout authors, top etsy designers, and the brightest indie crafters. The host of each booklet provides a unique perspective on prepping the gathering space, the best supplies, and even music to get everyone in the mood. The hip projects include a retro paper doll, funky crocheted cacti, “shrinky dink” earrings, and an embroidered pet portrait. Beginner friendly and easily portable, Craft-In is the perfect way to get friends, families, and craft dabblers together to try something new.

By Kajsa Wikman
(Stash Books, $22.95, ISBN: 1607050072)

From the Publisher:

“The first flowers of spring, the smell of the sea, the warm colors of the maple leaves…” inspire Kajsa to stitch, sew, and share. Each season is a new beginning and a great reason to take on a new project. Her bright, colorful designs are sure to make you smile.

By Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-558-8)

From the Publisher:

More and more people are rediscovering quilting, and these newcomers want a youthful, fresh, and fashionable approach to the craft. Here it is: a comprehensive introduction to quilting with a thoroughly modern attitude, plus creative ideas and timesaving tips. Now available in paperback, it presents all the basic tools and techniques, and 20 spectacular projects—from small wall hangings to large blankets—reveal the amazing versatility of today’s quilting. Everything’s created with the beginner in mind…and each quilt is fabulous!

By Elizabeth Hartman
(Stash Books, $24.95, ISBN: 1607050080)

From the Publisher:

Try a fresh, relaxed approach to making quilts with this new “go-to” book. The bright aesthetic and clear, simple instructions guide beginners and intermediates alike through the entire process of creating fun and useful quilts that they’ll be proud to call their own.

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

13 ~ Foodies
12 ~ Deck the Halls
11 ~ Sleepyheads
10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.