More Zippered Change Purses

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

Zippered Change Purses

Remember the change purse I made for our friend’s graduation? Well, I thought they would make great teacher gifts, too, so I quickly whipped more of these up to give away, yesterday!

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I adore this fabric. It is all colorful and happy. We all need more happy, don’t you think?

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I am also thrilled that I had enough of this pigeon fabric to make another wallet. That bird makes me giggle.

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

If you are looking for Noodlehead’s FREE pattern, click here.

 I cannot believe this school year is over. I think we are all more than ready for Summer.

What have YOU made for teacher gifts this year?

 

Teacher Gift Idea

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

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

You’ll need cotton fabric, mesh, and cording (as well as a way to sew them).

First, cut your fabric.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

To make one bag you need: 4 pieces cotton fabric cut to 3″x17″ each,

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.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

Repeat for the other side.

Now place the two pieces right sides together and pin the edges of three sides.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

On one side, about an inch down from the top, leave a space unsewn. This will be where the cord gets threaded through later on.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

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.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

You will want to have that unsewn space (hole) on top so you can see it. Sew all around the edge.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

Almost done. Now, ready your cord. Place a safety pin at one end.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

Push pin through hole, and thread the cord all the way through until it comes back around to the hole again.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

Tie a knot in the ends and turn the bag right side out!

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

Insert produce…

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

OR give as a gift!

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

You can even add a tag to make it professional-looking as well.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

When I was photographing these, I noticed I was being watched.

Teacher gift idea: Reusable Produce bags

I think they liked these too.

What will you make for Teacher gifts?

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