This Wednesday marks the end of another school year for my oldest two girls. It also marks the beginning of a well deserved vacation for the lovely teachers who have spent the last 10 months teaching them. I have a huge respect for teachers and when the end of the school year rolls around I like to give a thank you gift to acknowledge all their hard work.
As the end June got closer and closer I was still looking for gift ideas when my friend Small Town Girl blogged about a gift she was making for her daughters teacher. I thought it was a great idea and started looking around for an apron tutorial. I found one here and got started.
Being a novice sewist this was a very straight forward and easy to follow tutorial that allowed me to make this:
Aside from a few mistakes on my part I think they turned out quite well. I love the colors and quite frankly I needed an excuse to buy this fabric that I had been eyeing for a long time at the fabric store.
I wanted to add some thing to it so that it would be more personal and the teachers would remember who had given it to them down the road. I decided that I was going to try my hand at appliques.
I traced my Daughters hand onto a piece of cardboard from a cereal box. I then used that as a template to cut a piece of fabric, a piece of iron on interfacing and a piece of stitch witchery. I ironed the interfacing on and then placed the stitch witchery between the hand print and the apron and ironed it on. The final step was doing a zig zag stitch around the outside of the hand print. It looks pretty good. The were a few rough patches around the tips of the fingers but overall I am pleased for my first attempt.
I just need to write her name and school year on it and it’s finished. I am totally biased but I think the hand print is pretty adorable and adds a personal touch to the gift.