Back To School

Contributor Post by Mairi From mairidesign

Ah, it’s that time of year again, where the children are excited to be starting or returning to a new year of education. Most likely, they’re sad that the holidays are ending but happy to be seeing their friends and meeting new ones on their first day. It’s a very special time for all and what better way to keep the memories, than with items from our talented team? And, let’s not forget the teachers! It’s a huge day for them too. Have a browse through the selection below and click on the photo to buy in Etsy.

We all send our good luck wishes for the little ones’ first day back to school.

Now that my daughter is grown and out of school, I don’t have to worry about the back to school craziness. Can’t say that I miss it either! Finding the perfect binder, the perfect notebooks and let’s not forget that some schools even have “recommendations” of what to buy that you must follow. That is not my idea of a fun time.

I do however, have a recommendation for you to consider! Back to school isn’t just about the students! How about the teacher too? Many teachers are seen carrying clipboards during the school year and here is a UNIQUE one that could be the envy of all the other clipboard carrying teachers! It features unique muted purple colors, a sense of nostalgia, is durable AND can even be hung on the wall when not in use. If your desk looks anything like mine, you’ll appreciate this!


Decorated Clipboard

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This is a big seller amongst my teachers because of the inspirational words it speaks to them. I worked in the public school system and would see 90% of the teachers with lanyards around their necks that held keys to opening the classroom and cabinets where important belongings or school supplies were. This lanyard would be perfect. It can come as a one piece or a detachable (the key section comes apart). Either way it’ll be useful, yet fun and versatile.


Inspirational Teacher lanyard

Going back to school and having to remember so many things, and sometimes being stressed, I think this would make a bright and happy add on to Planners/journals and Backpacks.


Sun moon charm zipper pull

Being a teacher, I know I needed lots of things to begin the school year, just as my students did…

I loved my magnetic handmade decoupaged mousetrap note holder that was on my whiteboard. It held reminders, papers to pass back, certificates, etc. I knew right where to go each period to grab what I needed without wasting time looking for something that I thought I put in a safe and handy place…not…


Noteholder Mouse Trap

This reusable shopping bag will serve well for a good while. This handmade market bag will make a great back to school gift idea for a book fan. Without a doubt, it will be a perfect gift to a student.


Student Tote Bag

Back to School theme crafts are fun to create with these fun School House Buttons.


School House Buttons

As a teacher, I see that organization is truly one of the keys to students being successful and confident in their abilities. I love love love pencil cases, and create personalized cases for students.


Pencil Case

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Quilters are always looking for ideas to make their next quilt. Let’s suppose you wish to make a quilt for your child’s favorite teacher. Here’s a quilt block to get you started on your next teacher quilt, wall hanging or table topper.


Schoolhouse Appliqued Quilt Block

This stone apple is a vintage find. When I found it, I thought that this will be an excellent traditional gift for a teacher. You can use it as a paperweight or just put on a shelf for display. A sweet and useful gift.


Green Apple Paperweight

Hard to believe I’ve been making these over 20 years, but these are great for the walk or ride to school, and have an adjustable strap (or removable), a clip that can attach to a backpack, and insulate for hours. Several standard sizes, and custom sizes available. One woman returned to replace hers after a year on the playground! It had been dragged across asphalt, swung around by elementary school kids, and generally bullied!!! They’re great for keeping on a desk, kept near a lunch, fit into an auto cup holder, and if you keep your beverage in here with a tight fit, it won’t have condensation.


Insulated Tote

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all the way to school! Our fun to make foundation paper pieced school bus pattern could become part of a quilt, a homework folder, a tote bag, or a mug rug for the teacher’s desk. Just use your imagination!


School Bus Quilt Block Pattern

Hit The Books – A Back to School Preview

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

It seems just like yesterday that we were eagerly anticipating the last day of school and the beginning of summer vacation.  A time when our daily schedules would slow down and we could enjoy long leisurely family meals out on the patio.  Time spent together on bike rides and walks through the hiking trails.

After the festivities of our 4th of July celebration, I always get a bit melancholy realizing the summer is half way over and it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the school year to start again.  Just this morning I began our ritual of printing out the upcoming school calendar and making plans to go shopping for clothes and school supplies.

But going back to school doesn’t have to be a difficult task for you or your children. I asked the members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their tips for getting the kids ready to go back to school that will make the transition a better experience for everyone.

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint had this tip to share:

Chunky key rings/key chains make it easier to keep track of locker keys and are much harder to lose – one of my teens lost 3 locker keys in 2 weeks when we was 14! He then didn’t get his deposit back at the end of the year.

They also work for garage keys, oil tanks and sheds!

Dotty Wooden Keyring

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital shared her idea for staying organized:

How easy it is to lose track of everything – when is that homework due, when is soccer practice, when is back to school night for the parents, when is Christmas vacation etc. Calendars and planners are great for school kids! 2016 calendars and planners are on sale in my shop, so it’s easy to afford this year’s and one for 2017.

Half Size 2017 Planner Calendar

Draco N. Knut from DragoninKnots  has this suggestion for college students:

Buying textbooks from the university bookstore is a freshman mistake. Start your textbook shopping early, so you can buy online and save money. Compare prices using to find the best website to order books.

And here’s a book weight to hold those textbooks open while you are doing your homework:

Pale Green Book Weight

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage suggested this idea for getting college students active in campus life:

If you have a student leaving for college, send them tickets to a concert, play or other event on campus. This gets them out of the dorm and encourages them to meet other students with similar interests.

Vintage Cliff Notes – The Great Gatsby

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese remarked:

Planners seem to be all the rage at the moment, helping keep track of everyone’s busy lives! These planner clips are great for marking your place in your planner and have a lovely rustic feel about them.


Rustic Planner Clips

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit suggested:

Learning to write and developing good handwriting is so essential to the development of young minds. To establish a good foundation, we recommend a quality pen. Success starts with always having a pen at hand and the best way to keep it is personalization!

Our deluxe rosewood ballpoint pens are lightweight, narrow in diameter, and include a rubber grip to provide the perfect instrument for learning penmanship and practicing it at any age. Personalization is included and you can choose any design or font in our portfolio.


Personalized Deluxe Rosewood Ballpoint Pen

Back to School In Style

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Sending your kiddo back to school?  Why not do it in style?  The Christmas in July Team offers everything you need to send your student back to school from pre-K through college.  We even offer great back-to-school gifts for teachers.  Why not stop by and browse?

Fantastic selection of back to school items from the CIJ team!  Just click the pic to visit any of the items or shops displaying their wares!

Fantastic selection of back to school items from the CIJ team! Just click the pic to visit any of the items or shops displaying their wares!


DLTK’s Crafts for Kids
School Poem

Today I hurry off to school,
To work and learn and play
I’m in a brand new grade this year.
What a happy day!!!!!

Fabulous collection for teachers and college students.  Just click the pic to be taken to this wonderul selection of items.

Fabulous collection for teachers and college students. Just click the pic to be taken to this wonderful selection of items.


Two More Days til School

by:  Leslie Kimmelman

I’m finally going to school this year,
and now the big day’s almost here.
I’ll learn to write and count and read–
Only two more days till school.

I got new pants and shirts and socks,
a brand-new red and blue lunch box;
I’ll paint and sing and dance and play–
Only one more day fill school.

My hair is washed, my sneakers squeak,
I’m so excited, I can hardly speak!
New things to do, new friends to meet–
Hooray! It’s the first day of school!

The CIJ team is wishing everyone a healthy, happy school year full of wonder, fun, and learning!