May 28, 2011

Guest Host: Rachel from Sun Scholars

I am so thrilled to be doing a blog swap today with the talented Rachel, from Sun Scholars.  
Check out her adorable idea for an End-of-the-Year teacher's gift!
(and then swing by her blog to see MY POST for a
sneaky, yet fun, way to practice Math over the Summer!)

Hi!  I'm Rachel.
I LOVE M&M's, singing along with the radio, dancing in my living room, sewing, sleeping in, filling out paperwork, bringing chaos into calm, and looking at the brighter side of life.

I think I have fooled many people into thinking that I'm a SuperMom.
I assure you, I am not.
I'm just like many of you, trying to juggle my passions with my responsibilities.  I just have to have an organized home to not feel like life is caving in on me!
I don't watch TV.  I don't read many books.  I don't eat fast food.
I do craft.  I do cook.  I do shuttle kids all over town.  I do blog!

I am responsible for these three crazy little people....

As a mom, my world revolves around these three kids, and the things that I do are reflections of that.  My love for craftiness and teaching inspired my blog Sun Scholars.  When I created Sun Scholars, my goal was to provide a resource for other moms who, like me, wanted to provide the best for their kids.  For me, education and fun is what 'the best' is all about.  I hope you stop by and find something that inspires you!

Some of my blog favorites...

And now for my latest project!

A Notebook Bag for Teacher

My children and I made these as part of our teacher gifts this year.  Inside, we will include the Summer Checklists they created and a little package of goodies.  I am thrilled with how these turned out!

My inspiration...
The Paper Bag by The Crafty CPA
Ok... I LOVE this bag...  I just needed to simplify this a bit.
For one... I didn't have the time.  Two... I wanted the kids to play a part in creating it.

The best part is, I made these for less than $4 a piece!

-  Canvas Bag, white (I found this 3 pack at JoAnn's for $9.99 and used a 50% off coupon)
-  Sharpies in Blue & Red, fine tipped
-  Needle & Embroidery Floss, #414 (OR... you could use a grey Sharpie)
-  Pencil
-  Ruler

1)  Use a ruler to make lines about 1/2" apart with the blue Sharpie.  I started my lines 3" from the top of the bag. 

2)  Using your red Sharpie, draw a line down the length of your bag, as you see me measuring in the photo below, about 3" from the left of your bag.

And this is what you'll have...

3)   I found that the lid of the Sharpie was the perfect size for the notepaper "holes".  You can use this as a stamp by coloring the edge with a washable marker, place your "hole" and go over it with a grey sharpie if you wish.  I did this with one bag (as you'll notice in the main photo) but decided not to with the others.

4)  Using a pencil, I had my children write their teacher's name in large lettering. 

My 3 year old struggles with writing names still, so I asked her to draw a picture of her teachers instead.
I thought these turned out SO adorable!

5)  How crafty are you?  I chose to embroider my children's pencil lines to finish these off nicely.  If this is not your thing, you could go over your child's pencil lines with a grey Sharpie, or let them write or draw with the Sharpie in the first place.  (I would recommend the pencil first... just to be on the safe side.)

**  I'd also recommend tossing these in the dryer to heat set them.  That way if they ever need to be washed, your lines will stay in tact.

 And here is an up close shot of a finished bag.   Totally adorable, right?

What teacher wouldn't love that?!


  1. LOVE this idea! I'm a teacher and I would absolutely love to get this as a gift. I think I just may make one for myself! =)

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  2. what!! those bags are crazy fantastic!!!!! awesome idea!!

  3. I love this!!
    I may have to make one for myself or a friend, and maybe write a letter or something..
    Love it!

  4. Absolutely adorable! What a fun idea! :)

  5. Thanks so much for participating in a blog swap with me Laura!! Love your blog, and I appreciate you sharing at mine!

  6. What a fantastic idea and a great tutorial.

  7. so easy too. I thought I would head over here to see something I could never do, but this is so simple. Thanks so much.

  8. cute cute cute. It's on my list for next year!

  9. This is an awesome idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. I agree, the CraftyCPA version is lovely, but I don't have the time or sewing talent. I love the Sun Scholars version with the sharpies. Brilliant!

  11. Just wanted to let you know I am featuring you at MMM this coming week :) Feel free to grab an I was featured button!

  12. Pure genius....I thought I was going to have to color copy notebook paper and iron it on....this is an easy fix....Don't you just love sharpies....

  13. Tag back! I made this and shared on my blog! Thanks for posting this great project!

  14. These are the cutest bags ever...what teacher would not flip over getting one of these as a gift. Totally adorable! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this on Sunday - I am a little behind getting to the comments though. Have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  15. Saw this on Under the Table and Dreaming. Seriously awesome. I'm a kindergarten teacher and if a student gave me that, I might faint from all the cuteness. And I would keep it forever. :) So cute.

  16. What a fabulous idea! You are so smart!! ;)

  17. I love this idea! So cute! I have to admit, I normally do gift cards as teacher gifts because I don't want to give them clutter, but this is a GREAT idea! Who doesn't use bags? I pinned this on my Pinterest so that I could remember for Christmas!

  18. Great idea!
    My Mum's a teacher, and she's always using canvas bags, so I might make one for her :)

  19. LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!! Next year's teacher gifts for sure!!!

  20. I saw something similar at Anthropologie today and googled the idea. Thank you for the Sharpie idea ~ I was going to use paint which would have been much more time consuming.

    They did have another idea (not for sale) that I am going to copy. They rolled some brown paper bags down at the top and then painted the bags white on the outside. Then they painted in the blue lines for paper and the red margin line. I am making them for some of my colleagues to fill with goodies for a conference we are going to this summer.

  21. I thought... I could make little bags with these and they were already perforated on the ends.Robert Nguyen

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