A Teacher Gift

How fast time flies!

Here we are again at the end of another school year and the race to get that perfect or unique end-of-the-year teacher gift is on.  Sadly, over the last two years I’ve come to realize that a lot of students are under enormous pressure to get that expensive or “perfect” gift.  But what is the perfect gift?  I’ve read a lot of blogs and spoken with enough teachers to know that most of them just want something simple that comes straight from the student.  They want something handmade like a photo framed with Popsicle sticks (I’m thinking Kindergarten) or something specifically written for them.  A poem perhaps.  These are things that they keep forever.  Most flowers or candies do not last very long and a lot of teachers can only eat or pass around so many cookies.

I was thinking of going back to what I had done for the past two years:  a mug rug.  The first year was great because I only had to concentrate on making one for my son’s Kindergarten teacher.  It came out great!  Last year, however, was tough because I made three of them, one for my daughter’s two Pre-K teachers each and one for my son’s first grade teacher.  I have to admit that I didn’t do a very good job because I didn’t give myself enough time and I rushed through the project and it showed.  Of course the teachers did not say anything to me but I was disappointed nonetheless.  I have more time this year so I’ve decided that my theme will be the teacher’s door with her name and section on it.

If you need inspiration on ideas for a mug rug the web offers hundreds of unique, creative ideas for yours.  I didn’t get my theme from the web but some of the design will come from there.  I like to grab color and design ideas here and there to create something of my own.  Sometimes I get creativity block and I don’t know what I want.  Once I start poking around, however, it triggers my creative mind.  Look for an update soon on my finished product.  I only have a couple of weeks!

In the meantime, here is a very cute ladybug mug rug that I found on Pinterest (a great source!) that is easy to make.  Isn’t it cute?

If you want to know how to make a mug rug, here is a link to a mug rug tutorial on YouTube that shows you step by step instructions from one of my favorite quilters, The Crafty Gemini!  She’s awesome!

So let’s have fun making that teacher gift.  What are your ideas?

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