A good teacher is really one of the very best gifts. Show you appreciate the dedication, effort, patience and skill of your favorite teacher with these gift ideas for the holiday season and beyond.

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Today’s Guest Curator: Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts
Kirsty is an Australian, a wife to a bike riding fanatic and mom to four kids. Kirsty’s blog started as a way to document her family’s travels (she has many popular posts about their time in France), and it evolved to a site focused on her quilting and crafts. Learn more about Kirsty in her intro here at Sew Mama Sew. (She joined us with a Suspended Square Block earlier this year!)

From Kirsty: It’s the holiday season! It’s time to show the people who matter most how much we care. Teachers work hard to keep our kids in line and learning, so a thoughtful, handmade gift is always a good option. Let’s have a look at some possible gifts! These are are all quick to sew/craft and for the most part can be easily adapted for a male or female teacher with fabric choice. Happy making and Happy Holidays!

Make It


Fabric Covered Journals
Fabric Covered Journals are always a winner, and so is this easy tutorial from Ros at Bloom.


Scrappy Vinyl Pouch
Teachers go through a lot of stationary– be it pens, felt markers, highlighters and/or sticky notes– so replenishing these stocks (often bought by the teachers themselves) is a practical and appreciated gift. Take it up a notch and sew Vera’s Negligent Style Scrappy Vinyl Pouch to house all of these items.


Quilted Tissue Holder
As well as stationary, the vinyl pouch above could be filled with treats such as candies or chocolates. Or why not everyday essentials such as a lip balm, mints, hand moisturizer and a small pack of tissues? Even better, spruce up that tissue pack with Kim’s Quilted Tissue Holder at Leland Ave Studios


Mini Fabric Key Fob
A Mini Fabric Key Fob is another fun way to customize a gift, like this one from Sew4Home.


Felt Embroidered Coffee Cup Cozies
If you’d like your kids to get in on the creative act, why not have them try their hands at embellishing a Felt Embroidered Coffee Cup Cozy? Jeanette over at Tiny Rotten Peanuts shows you how.


Fabric Bookmark + Gift Card Holder
If you like to go the quick route of using gift cards you can still add an element of the handmade with a fabric gift card holder (that doubles as a bookmark). Ruby over at Zaaberry shows you her Fabric Bookmark that can house a gift card or even just a thank you note. 


Pleated Tote
Everyone loves a useful gift, and a handmade bag is a great example of a practical present that just about everyone needs. For a gorgeously feminine version you can’t go past the Pleated Tote from Ellen of The Long Thread.


Foldaway Market Tote
And for a more unisex design with a clever twist check out Nicola’s Foldaway Market Tote at Pouch Bags.


Folded Fabric Ornament
Another sweet gift is a handmade Christmas decoration. Dip into your stash to make your own version of this gorgeous Folded Fabric Ornament from Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Teachers, More Gifts for Teachers, Bags (make a tote!)

Mix It


Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
For extra credit, why not whip up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup to gift along with a cozy-covered reusable mug? Check out Stephanie’s scrummy version at i am a food.

Print It


Printable Gift Tags + Cards
Whatever handmade treasure you plan to gift your hardworking teachers, don’t forget the final step: presentation. You’ll find some gorgeous Printable Gift Tags + Cards at Stork is Coming.


Printable Wrapping Paper
And here’s a great way to get the kids involved again! Use Printable Wrapping Paper from Kate of Picklebums, and let the kids color their own.


Gift Bows + Decorations
If you like to keep your wrapping paper a little more low key, then why not try one of these Gift Bows + Decorations from How about Orange? A newspaper or kraft-paper wrapped present looks great with one of these!

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Sew Gifts!: 25 Handmade Gift Ideas from Top Designers
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Martingale Authors
Publisher: Martingale

Fresh ideas abound in this amazingly varied assortment of sewn and quilted items for gift giving or personal use.

  • Get lots of choice and loads of value with 25 unique patterns for sewing.
  • Sew gifts such as a pencil case, knitting needle case, makeup bag, aprons, pin cushions, pillows, and more.
  • Discover handmade projects from a host of talented designers, including Adrienne Smitke, Heather Jones, and Pippa Eccles Armbrester.

Artfully Embroidered
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Naoko Shimoda
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Artfully Embroidered reinvents vintage embroidery through a modern aesthetic. Traditional Japanese and western motifs are made new with color and embellishment, and 25 hand embroidered patterns demonstrate the beauty of the traditional designs while keeping the projects fresh and modern-looking for today’s sewists.

Step-by-step instructions and templates allow readers to create lovely sewn or embroidered projects or use the embroidery motifs on their own designs.

Projects include a variety of handbags, totes, coin purses, compacts, as well as book and tablet covers. In addition, there are visual examples of embroidery used as embellishment on clothing and linens. Also included are pattern inserts for selected projects.

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Edie Eckman
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more — this is every crocheter’s must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman’s useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start on these 20 exciting projects. The book includes instructions for eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project.

Holiday Hats for Babies
(US + Canada shipping.)

Author: Debby Ware
Publisher: Taunton Press

Happy Holidays! You’ll smile as you knit these sweet and sassy baby hats for every occasion. Each original pattern, accompanied by a gorgeous photograph of an adorable baby modeling the hat, has a playful holiday twist that moms and tots will love. With 25 patterns that knit up in a snap, create a wardrobe of irresistible hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers for every celebration of the year.

Handmade Bags
(Continental US shipping.)

Author: Emiko Takahashi + Soo Leeyong
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style—from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture.

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand.

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