10 DIY Teacher Gifts – Fabric thank you presents

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Here in the UK we are coming up to the end of the school academic year – my daughter has grown massively so I thought it would be fun to create a DIY Fabric Gift for her teacher.

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As my skills lay with the sewing machine I have rounded up some great simple sewing tutorials – 10 DIY Teacher Gifts.

1 Pocket Tissue Pack Tutorial

Pocket Tissue Tutorial

This great quick tutorial comes courtesy of SewMamaSew and JCasa

2. Adjustable Unisex Apron


Perfect for art or cooking lessons – great tutorial from Mollys Sketchbook.

3. Fabric Book Marks

Fabric Book marks

This is a great project for using up fabric scraps, thanks to Flossie Teacakes.

4. Reversible Tote Bag

Lined Canvas Tote

This bag is simple to make, reversible with internal & external pockets. Inspired Wren.

5. Tea/Coffee Coasters


These look quick & stylish, from Frivolousnecessity.

6. Boxy Pencil Case

Boxy pencil Case

Everyone needs a pencil case:) Great tutorial from gluegunannie.

7. Pen Tidy


Love this upcycled denim pen holder – quick and easy, plus your child can make it:)

8. Tidy Basket

Fabric storage Basket

Very stylish basket, also great for tidying up the teachers desk! Tutorial available form Ochreandocre.

9. Class Mascot – Fun foxes

Cuddly toy pattern

This is a great customizable pattern from Ruffles and Stuff

10. Fabric Notebook Covers

fabric book covers

Cover a notebook with stylish fabric, tutorial courtesy of Stitch by Stitch

 So what have I made?? I plumped for the Reversible Tote bag.

Reversible Tote bag

I raided my fabrics bought for knitting needle cases.. I love the combination of the red with the green lining.

10 DIY Teacher Gifts

The pattern was quick and easy, the only tricky bits lining up the pattern on the pocket and the base colour at the sides. But as you can see with mine it still looks good if you don’t quite manage it!!

As usual I am off to check out fellow Handmade Harbour creative:)


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  1. Kay
    July 6, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    Seriously lucky teacher!! I used to teach and would have loved any of these gifts instead of the usual chocolates and flowers.

  2. July 6, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Great ideas Vicki, I want to go along and pin them all, I especially like those coasters and the denim pen pot.
    I love the fabrics you chose for your bag, and can I just say I didn’t even see the pocket at first so your pattern matching can’t be that bad!
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  3. July 6, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Ohh these are fabulous, thanks. I’ve just learned to sew so I really muts have a go. It had not even occured to me to sew the teachers a gift but it is such a nice idea. Mich x
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  4. Elizabeth
    July 6, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    One very lucky teacher! I also struggled to see the pockets, so the pattern matching can’t be that bad! 🙂 xx

  5. July 7, 2014 / 10:57 am

    Arrhh, I can’t believe it’s that time of the year already, I need to get stitching! Your bag is gorgeous, your daughter’s teacher will be so touched by such a wonderful gift x
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  6. July 7, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Oooh a fantastic collection of makes, i’m temped to have a go at all of them 🙂

    Your bag looks fab and will make the loveliest gift, what a lucky teacher! x
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  7. July 7, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    This are fantastic! I think I am going to make the tissue cover for my daughter to put in her backpack this fall when she starts school.
    I love that red and green together. Just gorgeous.

  8. July 7, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Ohh love them all! I used to teach primary students, so the little foxes will be my (their) favorites, hehehe
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  9. July 7, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    The tissue packs are so handy to put in your bag but the apron is my favorite

  10. July 7, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    Great idea to make a teacher thank you gift. The bag is gorgeous, and I’m sure it will be much more welcome than yet another box of chocolates or ‘best teacher’ mug!
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  11. July 7, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    What lovely projects – and the teacher will surely be pleased with the beautiful bag. That denim pencil pot is really eye catching as well. You could make the Christmas presents for the teacher too while you’re at it 🙂
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  12. July 8, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Cor teachers presents have improved since my day. They were lucky to get an apple back then. Love your colour choice too.

  13. July 8, 2014 / 10:38 am

    Thanks for sharing such a great list of teacher gifts, I love the tote bag you’ve made, the colours work really well.
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  14. July 8, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    I wish I taught your children 😉 I have to admit to being a bit skeptical when I read your descriptions – I doubt I would find any of them that easy or simple to do 😉

    • Amylouise5
      July 8, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      Haha, as if – I have gone nowhere near loom bands!!

  15. July 17, 2014 / 11:30 am

    What lovely ideas for presents! The bag looks great, I bet your daughters teacher will be really happy with it. Much more personal than a shop brought gift. Thank you for joining in with #ThriftyThursday 🙂

  16. Cheryl
    July 17, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Great list. I’ve been toying with making something with fabric this year and getting the children to join in. Leaning towards a neck cushion. We’ll see. #ThriftyThursday
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  17. February 1, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I love all of these ideas, don’t think i’ll be making them to give away though, keeping them all for myself !! happy sewing
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    • Vicky
      February 2, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Sarah:)

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