Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Blog Hop: Day 3

Happy Wednesday! Today's tutorial comes from Megan at Brassy Apple. Her blog's tagline is "Refashion, Revamp & Restyle Your Wardrobe & Your Life." We love Megan's blog because it branches out beyond the quilt world--she focuses on fashion, fun craft projects, and great ideas for creating with kids. Be sure to check her out--she's so prolific that we know you'll find something to love! Speaking of love, we adore her cute, crafty teacher thank you gift tutorial that she's sharing here on our blog today. After you're done here, head over to Brassy Apple for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the brighter colorway of The Big Apple from Kanvas. 

It's Megan from BrassyApple here! The BIG APPLE fabric line is bright, fun and has so many options for use! I decided on an "apple for the teacher" approach! It's a great way to say THANK YOU at the end of the year or HELLO at the beginning of the year!

1) Container:
Paper Mache/cardboard book container
fabric - The Big Apple fabric line
fabric marker
mod podge
sponge brush

Lay your fabric flat with the wrong side up, trace around the book with your fabric marker and cut out fabric to cover the outside of the book.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge in a small section and place your fabric over the top. Repeat on all the outside surfaces of the book until it is covered. Then apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric to seal it all together.

Let dry and it's ready to be filled!

You could fill it with small cookies, candies, etc or make up some fun, useful gadgets for the teacher to use.
Like making some coordinating magnets!

2) Magnets
Large clear crafting bubbles
E6000 glue

Place the craft bubbles on top of the fabric. Trace around them and cut out. Cover the back of the craft bubbles with E6000 glue and place the fabric on the underside right side up. Use the glue to attach the magnet to the back. Let dry.

3) Apple hot/cold pack
The Big Apple fabric line - 1/4 yard 
sewing machine
rice/wheat (raw & uncooked)
straight pins

Fold your fabric lengthwise in half about 5 inches wide. Cut a half shape of an apple on the fold. Think about cutting a heart shape but with more of a flat bottom to it. If you want to draw it out use a fabric marker. Open it up to see if you like the shape. Then fold, trace and cut another apple out using the one you just cut as a template.

Using a coordinating fabric cut 2 hexagon shaped pieces (or just 2 rectangles) to use as a stem for the apple.

Sew the sides and top of the stem piece. The bottom edge will be inside the apple piece so you don't need to sew it. Place the 2 apple pieces on top of each other, wrong sides together. Tuck the stem piece in the top, pin into place, and sew around all the edges leaving a 2-3" opening one 1 side so you can fill the apple.

Need a cute poem to go along with the Apple? There's one on my blog HERe!

p.s. Don't forget to head over to Megan's blog to enter a giveaway for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of The Big Apple!

See the schedule for the entire April blog hop here.
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  1. I have lots of teacher friends who will love this, and a blank papier mache book. Lucky me!