School will be out in 15 days (!), and it’s time to think about end of the year teacher gifts. Teachers always appreciate a gift card, but it’s also nice to make them a little something just so the gift is more personal. I was trying to think of something fun and easy, since my son has lots of teachers, and then I remembered the good old travel tissue holder! You can tuck the gift card in the opening, tie a pretty bow around it, and it is the perfect teacher gift.
There are a lot of tutorials online on how to make these, so I figured it would be fun to share some of them with you and show you my finished results. For mine, I used a tutorial posted at Melinda’s Quilts, ETC (http://melinful.blogspot.com/2010/01/travel-tissue-cover-tutorial.html). The reason I liked this one is because it just uses two pieces of fabric (exterior and lining) and is sewn in a way that makes its own trim on the edges of the opening. It literally took me 10 minutes to cut out the fabric and sew it together.
After sewing the tube, I used my point presser and centered the seam on the top part so that the seam could be pressed open (see above).
In addition, the raw edges were cut with pinking shears to prevent them from raveling. This gives nice finished edge and you don’t have to mess with bias tape.
Lastly, on one of the covers I fussy cut the fabric so that the floral motif was centered on the back of the tissue holder. Also, these are great stashbusters – you only need 2 scraps of fabric less than 8″ square for each one (and a packet of travel tissues from Target).
Here are some links to some other tutorials:
- Sew Much 2 Luv has a fun tutorial that uses 4 scraps of fabrics.
- The Distracted Domestic has a tutorial that is a variant on the method Sew Much 2 Luv uses – but it uses just one strip of fabric.
- Whimwham at Craftstylish posted a tutorial that shows you how to add some fancy machine embroidery on the front. This is a great way to personalize the gift.
- Craftapalooza at Whipup discusses her LAB technique for making these. She uses trim around the opening for a nice contrast.
What are your ideas for teacher gifts? I’m always on the hunt for more fun and easy projects.
Keep it Thimble!