How's your Monday going? We're getting ready for a camping trip pretty soon so I took the kids to Target this morning to stock up on a few things. Ugh... I tried to be strategic about it: got them a snack AND a juice box (woohoo!) as we arrived, sat them in the humongous and impossible-to-maneuver kid cart that they love, and tried to follow my list as efficiently as possible. But it still took us an hour and a half to get out of there, by which point the kids were having a screaming and hitting match. Fun stuff.
Last Thursday was Ben's last day of preschool. He loved his pre-K program so much, made some great friends and had a lovely teacher. She, along with several assistants and other teachers, took great care of him over the last year and a half. Before we left for the summer and Kindergarten, I wanted to show some appreciation with a little gift.
My big boy getting ready for his last day!
I've done gift cards in the past but opted for something a bit more personal and handmade this time. I decided that everyone can use a nice zipper pouch -- to store jewelry, make-up, pens, papers, money... I had had an idea for a simple pleated pouch for a while, and went for it. I think they turned out pretty well! What do you think?
I especially love the one with the Grand Bazaar tile print (Ben chose that one for his pre-K teacher, Ms. Alex!) and the one with the Wee Woodland mushroom fabric you gave me! You also can't go wrong with Lotta... or with Denyse... or with Joel. I guess I picked all fabrics I liked a lot. ;)
I used natural linen for the top and for the zipper ends. Flossie Teacakes does a great job explaining zipper ends in this pouch tutorial. I should have read this carefully when it came time to do mine. I must have sewn my zipper ends the wrong way somehow since they're all puckered in the corners. Oh well, they still look pretty cute! And I do love having finished and top-stitched zippers on a pouch.
Speaking of tutorials, I took a bunch of pics while making these pleated pouches and am happy to write a how-to post if anyone's interested -- just let me know in the comments! (I'll try to figure out the zipper end thing before then!)
We used hand stamped thank you cards we had made after Christmas (we forgot to send most of them, ahem). Ben wrote "Thank you! Love, Ben" in each and I added a little note of gratitude. It was very bittersweet! I also added a bar of local chocolate to each gift. I hope the lovely preschool ladies felt appreciated, we sure will miss them!!
What did you do for teacher appreciation this year? Did you go the gift-card, store-bought or handmade route?