I am getting a jump start this year on Teacher Appreciation/end-of-the school year gifts (since I have so many to make). The Bee has 3 teachers plus specialists (ie: PE, Art, Music, etc.) and Falafel has 1 plus specialists and nice people in the office. We’d like to show our appreciation for all of them.
One idea I have is to make reusable cloth produce bags. I love ours, and use them every week. They make great beach treasure bags too.
In case you would also like to make these, I have a little tutorial to share.
Reusable Produce Bags
You’ll need cotton fabric, mesh, and cording (as well as a way to sew them).
First, cut your fabric.
2 pieces mesh cut to 7″x17″ each,
Approx. 1 yard of cording
Next, you will sew 2 strips of cotton to a panel of mesh (right sides together). I zigzag stitched mine (because my serger and I are not speaking right now), then topstiched afterward.
Now place the two pieces right sides together and pin the edges of three sides.
Now you can serge the three sides (if you have a serger), or you can straight stitch all around and then go back and zigzag stitch to reduce fraying. Make sure you do not sew up the space between those pins!
Next turn down your fabric at the top (twice to hide raw edges) to create a channel for the cord.
When I was photographing these, I noticed I was being watched.
What will you make for Teacher gifts?
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