8 Handmade Gifts Any Teacher Would Love

Whether it's your child's elementary school teacher or your college professor, celebrate the teachers in your life with a handmade thank-you. These projects can all be done in just a few working sessions, so you can have 'em ready in time for Teacher Appreciation Day.

1. Woven Basket

Stylish, simple and an easy storage solution — there are so many reasons to gift this basket to a teacher in your life. It's perfect for holding books, school supplies and anything else an educator might need.

Woven yarn baskets are stylish storage solutions and so simple to make! In this short project tutorial, designer Anne Weil walks you through weaving a yarn basket with chic leather handles using oversized yarn. It's perfect for holding everything from magazines to craft projects and comes together in a snap.

2. Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts

Bust your yarn stash and knit a pair of mitts that'll keep hands warm and fingers free. Although the colorwork looks intricate, these are knit without shaping so they actually come together pretty easily.

Get started as Tanis goes over the materials you'll need for your project. Then prepare your chart and discover the best way to cast on for circular knitting and get into the meat of the pattern.

3. Apple Mug Rug

Grab your scrap pile, 'cause all you need are small strips to stitch this cute mug rug . It's sure to get you an A+ from any teacher.

Mug rugs may not grow on trees, but they can come out of fabric scraps. This quick and easy project is perfect for summer or fall, and — bonus! — makes an A+ gift for any teacher.

4. Fabric Storage Bin

Think about how cute these easy-to-make fabric bins would look when sewn in school colors! Not only would one (or three) look great in a classroom, they'd also give your teacher some much-needed storage.

There's no better way to store your crafting gear than in a cute fabric bin — that you sewed yourself, of course.

5. Crochet Mug Cozy

Use leftover yarn (that's all the same weight ) to stitch a colorful mug cozy . It'll keep their morning cup warm while showing off their vibrant personality.

The colors of fall look great in foliage, but the warm hues are even prettier in crochet projects. This mug cozy combines the best seasonal colors with an awesome ombré technique. You're gonna want to wrap your morning brew in it every day!

6. Felt Pencil Case

Teachers need a place for their pencils too! With some felt and simple embroidery stitches , you can DIY a cute case and dress it up any way they'd like.

Our motto? Never settle for plain. So when we found a stash of plain, solid-colored pencil cases, we just had to deck them out with a bit of embroidered felt.

7. Ava Tote Bag

This boho-chic bag is ideal for teachers to tote their stuff in. Not only is it stylish, but all you need to stitch it is a charm pack and one yard of fabric for the lining.

8. Sprightly Crochet Scarf

With super bulky yarn and a simple rib stitch pattern, this cozy scarf works up fast. Plus, it'll keep your teacher warm during winter (or in an over-air conditioned classroom).

April 24, 2020
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