The Inspired Wren

June 10, 2014

Tote-ally Thankful for Our Teachers

Every new school year (or new-school) I feel compelled to sew something for The Peanut. I forge a shield of protection out of fabric and mother's love to send with her off into the world. It's the end of the school year and the last year of three in her current program. Once again I was driven to sew something imbued with all my love and gratitude and awe. This time I'm sewing for her teachers.

Lined Canvas Tote Bags for Amazing Teachers | The Inspired Wren




The Peanut started at a nearby public school as a non-verbal child just shy of 2 1/2  years-old. She was so very tiny. She leaves that school next week as a big-kid 5 year-old, able to introduce herself to another child in the library; able to tell me exactly why she plans on being sick until the 21st, the day after the last day of school (she doesn't like the current music playing during center time); able to stand with me and tell her teacher that she doesn't like the current music during center time; able to sing along to Paul Simon in the car (apparently that's acceptable music); able to share stories with us about her school day and with her teacher about her upcoming vacation; able to express herself in words. There are not enough thanks or gifts for all that her teachers have given her. Have given us.

As I sewed these bags I try to put all of that into each stitch. 

Lined Canvas Tote Bags for Amazing Teachers | The Inspired Wren

Lined Canvas Tote Bags for Amazing Teachers | The Inspired Wren


I am not a fan of batch sewing. I dread sewing more than one of any item. But for these teachers I made an exception. I used my own Lined Canvas Tote Tutorial and banged out four at the same time. I will add a gift card, a "Thank You" card, and a cheesy tag. And it will never be enough.


Lined Canvas Tote Bags for Amazing Teachers | The Inspired Wren


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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53 comments:

  1. I love these totes! They are gorgeous! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure the teachers were thrilled to bits with their presents :)

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  3. As a teacher, I can assure you they will be thrilled with your lovely, thoughtful bags. Well done!

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  4. Super cute bags!! And I'm sure the teachers will LOVE them!

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  5. I love these! Really practical, but beautiful too.

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    1. What a lovely compliment. Thanks, Chelsea.

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  6. What a delightful tote. Guess I better get sewing!

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    1. Thanks! It's an easy sew. And quick if you're only doing one.

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  7. Great totes, I am sure the teachers will love them.

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  8. They are beautiful and I'm sure the teachers will love them lots.

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  9. i know what you mean about batch sewing. i feel the same about the 5 bunnies i just made. I was thinking doing bags for the preschool teachers at the end of the year so i might just need to use your tute. thanks!

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    1. I also have another project coming up that requires me to sew multiples...that's just poor planning on my part.

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  10. What lucky teachers! Those bags look awesome!

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  11. Super cute! Lovely fabrics you used! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Ana. Choosing the fabrics was the hardest part.

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  12. Very pretty totes! I am sure they will be so thrilled :)

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  13. I love totes! Always a fan of these. A great idea for teachers hauling things everyday.

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    1. Right?! Can never have too many totes.

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  14. Your daughter's teachers will love their tote bags. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Great bags, the teachers will love them.

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  16. These are fabulous! What a great personalized gift for anyone! I'd love for you to share these at my Creative Ways Link Party when you get a chance!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks for the compliments, Nici! I'll go link up now.

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  17. Thanks for posting this week at the #WWDParty.

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  18. Wonderful teacher gifts! They are very cute!
    Susie

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  19. Ren those are beautiful and useful gifts fro the teachers.

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  20. Ren those totes are not only beautiful but so useful for the teachers. Thanks for linking to the Weekend Link Party.

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    1. Thanks, Daryl. And thanks for hosting each week.

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  21. They look great and I'm sure the teachers will love them.

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  22. Wow! Your totes are beautiful! What a thoughtful gift for the teachers. My grandson went to preschool this year at 4 years old and at that time he only spoke his own language. He could only communicate with those of us who knew what he was talking about. Now his vocabulary is amazing and I too am overwhelmed with gratitude. Thanks so much for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

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    1. Thanks so much, Glenna. It's amazing the magic that happens in schools, isn't it?

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  23. Beautiful bags. I did tote bags (although not completely hand made or half as cute as these) as gifts this year. My 3 year old finished her first year of preschool and I am blown away at how far she has come. Teachers area amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Teachers are truly special. I was in that classroom for a few events over the years, and I don't know how they do it.

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  24. Thank you for the tutorial. I've added it to my Bags & Pouches Pinterest board @ http://www.pinterest.com/quiltingmod/bags-pouches/. I have dreams of making some bags when I finish up some of my quilt UFOs.

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    1. Thanks so much for Pinning it, Afton. Bags are a very satisfying sew.

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  25. These are beautiful! Very, very, well done! They will make excellent gifts! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  26. Those totes are gorgeous - you can tell they took a lot of time, effort, and love! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. This was the most viewed link last at last week's party, so we'll be highlighting it at tomorrow's party. Hope you can come join the fun again!!

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    1. YAY! Thanks for the feature. And as always, thanks for hosting each week.

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  27. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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