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April Point of View reveal- Teacher Appreciation/ Link Party

 Are you ready to party?  Ready to get some ideas for celebrating the end of the school year, or to say “Thank You” to a wonderful teacher?  Let’s get this party started.

 So many fun ideas:  For details click the links below-
Gwen- Gwenny Penny
Leanne- Organize and Decorate Everything
Amy- keep reading!
Jonie- Just Between Friends
Ashlee- I’m Topsy Turvy

And now for my project:

The Life’s a Beach tote bag

Teachers have a hard job.  Anyone who is willing to spend their days working with/for other people’s kids for little pay and no recognition really is someone special.  I have been lucky with my children that we have always had wonderful teachers, and finding a way to tell them how much their hard work means to me has become pretty important- I mean everyone wants to be told they’re doing a good job and their efforts are noticed and appreciated, right?  When summer comes around- I think teachers deserve a nice break- hopefully with lots of relaxation and low stress.  So to encourage that thought, I decided to make a “Life’s a Beach” tote bag.  This bag is made pretty simply by using a premade canvas tote (you can find them at Wal-mart) and by including Heat n’ Bond, there’s no sewing involved.

The first thing you will want to do is decide what font and size letters you need.  I used my Cricut, so unfortunately I don’t have any files to pass on, but if you also have a Cricut, I used the cartridge Cherry Limeade.  Cut your letters out of cardstock if you can, it will make the next steps much easier.
 Next you will gather the rest of your supplies: fabric (scraps are PERFECT for this) and Heat n Bond (make sure you have the NO SEW kind, so it will have the stronger adhesive on it).  You’ll also need scissors and a pen or pencil, as well as an iron.  Then you’re set.
The first thing you will want to do is trace your letters onto the heat n bond.  **Important** make sure you trace them BACKWARDS onto the heat n bond.  (this is where double sided cardstock comes in handy, you can make sure you’re tracing them correctly)  To review- we are creating the MIRROR image of the letters onto the heat n bond.  The next step is to separate the letters from each other- this is only necessary if you are using multiple colors of fabric.  If you are doing all one color, you can leave them connected.  Cut around the letters, but not directly on your traced line.  You will want a border of heat n bond around the letter- it will make cutting out the letters much easier.
 Following the instructions on the package- fuse the heat n bond to the fabric.  Now cut out the letters on your traced line.  I use my paper scissors for this step because I don’t want the glue to mess up my GOOD scissors. 🙂

This collage is just a tip for how I cut out the inside portion of the letters.  Take your letter, fold the area where the portion to be cut is, in half.  Snip a small hole on the fold- it just needs to be big enough for the scissors to fit through.  Then slide your scissors through the opening and start cutting down toward the traced edge.

The last step is to place and fuse the pieces to the tote.  Remove the paper liner from the letter and again following the directions on the package fuse them down to the canvas.  Your tote is ready. 🙂

One final step I did was to take a Sharpie pen and line the word “Beach” and the ball with a fine black line.  I think it just gives it a bit more definition.  Now, a tote is a nice gift in and of itself, but let’s see what kind of fun things we can find to fill it with, shall we?

 The first idea I had was to create a fun “beach” bag for the teacher.  A new towel, a magazine and a treat- to inspire relaxation and fun.  The little tag I made (you can see it in the previous pic) said- “Teacher- hope your whole summer feels just like this:” 

The second tote doesn’t need to wait for break time to be enjoyed.  The tag reads: “Teacher- Here are some tings to make the rest of the year feel like:”  It’s filled with things teachers seem to run out of near the end of the year- cleaning wipes, treats for the class, baggies and kleenex.  You could add any kind of supplies your teacher needs or wants.
Either way you are helping to make their lives easier- and we all know teachers need a break every once in a while. 🙂

Thanks for joining us for this months’ Point of View, we are so glad you are here.
Now it’s your turn to share:  how do you say “Thank You” to your favorite teachers?  Or what ways do you celebrate the end of the school year?  Link up your point of view and share your ideas here:
Linking up to Friday Flair at Whipperberry, also linked up to Market Yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

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  • Tonia L
    April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the party! I added a link for book page pillow boxes that can be used for Teachers, Mothers, Fathers for even Graduates!

  • Michele Pacey
    April 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    That's a tote-ally great idea (…sorry…)! And a lovely way to show appreciation to people who do some of the most important work around (imo).

  • Jonie Marie
    April 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This is so cute! I bet any yeacher would feel spoiled to get it from their students. LOVE IT!

  • Lorene (just Lu)
    April 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Love it, Amy!

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    April 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    These totes are such a great idea, Amy! I love how colorful they are, too. These would work for lots of different gift recipients.

  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain
    April 28, 2012 at 4:19 am

    What a cute bag Amy! I'm thinking even my kids would love these as a start of summer surprise! Great to meet you at SNAP too 😉

  • Leanne
    April 28, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I love the idea of a tote and yours turned out awesome. Your kids teachers are so lucky. This is an awesome gift.

  • Lindsey M. Petersen
    April 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I'm pretty sure you can never have too many teacher appreciation ideas. What a great post, thanks! Looking forward to connecting at Breathing Space

  • Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple
    April 30, 2012 at 2:06 am

    That is super cute Amy!!!