Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Handy" handmade coasters


It's that time of year to show our teachers how much we appreciate them. Last year, my two oldest daughters and I found this handmade gift idea in Family Fun magazine and worked on these hand-shaped coasters to give to their teachers.

To make them I traced my daughter's handprint onto a sheet of cardstock and cut it out for a template.  We traced four handprints from each girl onto a piece of scrap fabric using chalk.  I trimmed the fabric so that it would fit nicely onto my sheet of Stiff Fusible Interfacing.  Then I placed another piece of coordinating fabric on the underside of the interfacing.  I ran a hot iron (of course this is an adult's job) over the fabric and interfacing "sandwich" for roughly 30 seconds or so.  You can tell if you're done ironing because the fusing will be adhered to the fabric.  After the fabric was cool enough to pick up, I cut along the traced handprint and had 4 handprints shaped coasters to give to each teacher.

I felt like these needed something extra so I attached this little poem to the package:


"I know my hands are little
And sometimes make a mess,
So I’ve made for you some coasters
 to give your drinks a rest.

Thanks for being my teacher,
It’s kind of funny, can’t you see?
Now I’ll be helping you
By putting mess on me."


These were fun for my girls to give to their teachers last year, but would also make a meaningful Mother's Day gift for grandma.

I haven't decided what to do this year for our teachers, but have found some great inspiration around the web.  Check out some fantastic ideas on my Teacher Gifts board on Pinterest.


9 comments:

  1. Totally doing this and stealing your poem too. What a cute idea. Would be a good mothers day gift too!!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing :)

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  2. These are adorable, and I love the poems! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. They are so cute, thanks for sharing them with us at tip toe thru tuesday! Heading to your pinboard now!

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  4. Made these for the grandmas for Mothers Day. Thanks! I ended up using adhesive for patches and applique because I didn't have time to pick up 2-sided fusible interfacing, so they're not as stiff as I'd like, but still cute. Thank you.

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  5. These are beautiful! I'm featuring this post on my blog today as one of my favourites from last week's Weekly Kids Co-op. Thanks for linking up!

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  6. I would love to have you link up with us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/clever-chicks-blog-hop-5-happy-hen.html

    I hope to see you there!

    Cheers!

    Kathy

    The Chicken Chick

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  7. I'm gonna borrow to have my preschool class make for Mom's & Grams for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!! Shelia

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