My sons have the greatest teachers ever, and they’ve had each one for two years. And the younger son has the same teacher that the older one had, so we’ve been with her for four years. Catch all that?
Anyway, I try and send lots of goodies to school throughout the year (simple things like favorite snacks and drinks), and some handmade treats during teacher appreciation week, because my sons have some fabulous gals teaching them, and I kinda wish we could hang onto them for another school year.
I made this book garland out of a Dr. Suess book I found at a flea market–if taking a book apart bothers you, shield your eyes now.
Materials: Extra wide, double fold bias tape; book; sewing machine, or probably hot glue if you’re not a sewer; scissors and ribbon
Begin by removing the cover, and trimming the binding off. I have a paper cutter that I used, but scissors should work as well.
Next I made sure all the page edges were perfectly even, and I made a notebook paper pattern. I’ve made lots of triangle pennant banners, but to show more of the book page, I wanted to use a different shape.
I placed this pattern over all the pages, and cut out the triangle at the bottom.
I made two banners from one book and one package of bias tape, so I divided the pages into groups of two. The banners are reversible, but I did group the cutest illustrations facing one way.
Next, I measured each banner and pinned the bias tape where each page, and the space between, would go.
Then I slid each page into the fold of the bias tape, and sewed on the machine, using a zig zag stitch. I used black thread on black bias tape, but you could also use a contrasting color and more decorative stitch.
Sew each banner onto the bias tape, backspacing just a few stitches at either side of the paper.
To finish, I cut a piece of ribbon, about 3 inches long, doubled it over, and tucked the flat ends into the fold of the bias tape, and sewed to make a hanging loop.
This is a great gift, because it can be personalized for every teacher, and children’s books are usually extremely inexpensive at thrift stores or garage sales.
I paid $1 for the book, and between $2-3 for the bias tape. Everything else I had on hand. This would also be a fun project for a nursery.
What are your ideas for teacher appreciation gifts?