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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Student Tote Bag

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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School Bus Quilt Block Pattern

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CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Fabric Yo – Yo

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Tutorial for Fabric Yo-Yo by NauticoCreations

How to make a Fabric Yo-Yo

Fabric yo-yo’s are small circles that can be used to add texture to a quilt. They can be sewn on as the center of a flower or you can even make an entire quilt just out of them. Pictured is an example using them as centers. You can see they give the quilt some added dimension.

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Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Something round to trace (she used a 5.5 “diameter bowl, since the size will end up smaller than original circle)
  • Pen or Fabric marker

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Directions:

  • Place your fabric face down and trace around the fabric with your bowl or other round object.
  • Once traced, but out your circle. If you’re planning on making several yo-yo’s at a time, it might be easier to trace and cut multiple circle before stitching them.

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  • Next comes the sewing part. Turn in 1/4″ of fabric and start loosely stitching around the fabric in semi-wide stitches in order to make it easy to pull the thread through. Continue folding in the fabric and stitching until you have sewn all of the way around.

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  • This is the stage where your flower starts to take shape. Start pulling the thread tight. Pictured is what your flower looks like mid-stage as you are pulling the thread through.

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  • Here is a close up of the finished yo-yo which is 2.5″ diameter. When you are done pulling the thread through,stitch the thread through the center to secure the bottom side of the yo-yo. You can then either knot and cut the thread or leave the thread long on the other side and use it to sew the yo-yo to the quilt, depending on your preference.
  • Finally here is your finished quilt with yo-yo’s. As you can see, this extra touch on the quilt really adds texture and finishes it off nicely. If you quilt or are just getting started and haven’t used this technique. Give it a try.

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