The first week of May is when we celebrate the teachers in our lives so we collected 10 gift tutorials for Teacher Appreciation Week! These are beginner-friendly sewing projects that you can probably make with scraps you already have and finish over the weekend!
It's important to celebrate teachers because they do so much more than plan lessons. They build confidence, wipe runny noses, work overtime, and nurture the development of their students. The best teachers—the ones we remember with endless patience, grace, or a playful sense of humor—stay in our memories and hearts long after graduation.
Teachers aren't just in schools either! They're our neighbors, our friends, and our family. Whether you're celebrating your child's teacher, your favorite childhood teacher, a tutor, a coach, or even that special person who taught you to quilt, you'll find something perfect to make by hand to show your appreciation. Include a hand-written thank you note or drawing from a child with your present as an added personal touch.
Here are 10 gift tutorials for Teacher Appreciation Week that you can make in a weekend! Show the teacher in your life you care with a handmade gift.
A mini quilt is a fast and fun project! Try the Sew Mojo bundle to learn new techniques while making your teacher appreciation gift. Add a touch of sophistication to your mini quilt by framing it with our step-by-step tutorial! It will make a beautiful decoration in the classroom or at home.
Your favorite teacher will be the talk of the teacher's lounge with this handmade reusable sandwich wrap! Pair the sandwich wrap with coordinating cloth napkins for a stylish and eco-friendly gift they can use for years.
Know what every teacher everywhere needs? A nap! Give the gift of rest and sweet dreams with a quilted sleep mask. The scrunchie-style headband is not only stylish, it also helps prevent damage to hair from elastic. Pair it was a matching scrunchie a teacher can wear when they're not catching zzz's!
Our Sugar POP tote tutorial is perfect for teachers with a modern and geometric sense of style. Pair the straight lines with geometric prints, solids, or blenders. This tote is the perfect size for all the notebooks and school supplies teachers have to carry every day!
If your favorite teacher likes organic shapes, try the Modern Fans tote bag! This scrap-busting project is great for a teacher who likes pops of color, interesting textures, and improvisational shapes. Perfect for an art teacher! For added texture, try quilting a straight-line grid.
Not every teacher stays in the same classroom all day. So small pouches can help them stay organized as they move between classrooms, schools, or activities. Add a special personal touch by embroidering the teacher's name or initials on the outside of the pouch!
Punch needle is a fun hobby to start, and our step-by-step beginner tutorial will have you making quilt-inspired art in no time. Personalize your punch needle project with colors your favorite teacher likes, or if the special teacher in your life is a quilter, choose a meaningful block!
This classic Suzy Quilts tutorial is one of our most popular blog posts for a good reason—it's quick, easy, useful, and stylish all rolled into one handmade project. Pair an oven mitt (or two!) with a batch of cookies or a gift card for a cute gift package.
Beginner-friendly? Check! Fast finish? Check! Adorable? Check!! Our quilted checkerboard tutorial checks all the boxes, and any teacher will love this fun activity that they can use to play with their friends and family, or even keep in the classroom for indoor play time.
Our scrap-friendly laptop case, inspired by the Shine quilt pattern, is perfect for carrying laptops and can be customized to fit different sizes. But it also works great for notebooks and school supplies! Tuck a few into the laptop case you make your favorite teacher!
How are you planning to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week? Tell us about the handmade gifts you've given to the teachers in your life!