Today was my daughter’s last day of summer preschool. We planned to stay with the same wonderful teacher next year but recently learned she was leaving. This morning I made her a personalized tote with matching notebook cover to thank her for being such a great teacher.
-iron on fabric fusing (I used Steam-A-Seam)
For the notebook I started by cutting a piece of fabric large enough to cover the book and fold over the cover. The notebook used is standard size and the fabric I cut was 24″ x 11 1/2″.
I planned to serge the edges but ended up using a zig zag stitch instead. Either option is suitable.
I folded each side of the fabric over the cover by 4″ and then pinned in place.
A quick zig zag stitch down the sides and my project was almost done.
I trimmed the fabric edges neatly against the stitch.
A small blank tote purchased from a craft store was the perfect start to the matching set.
I had scrap fabric that coordinated with the fabric used on the notebook cover and cut them into two strips.
The two strips of fabric were sewn together using a basting stitch. Then I pulled the strings on each end to make ruffles. I pinned the ruffles on the bag and then sewed them in place.
Steam-A-Seam made it easy to add some personalization to the bag. I drew the initial (mirrored image) on the back of the fusing that I had already ironed on the back of the fabric.
Next I ironed the letters directly onto the bag and notebook cover and stitched around the edges.
My daughter’s Say Anything Card was a great addition to the personalized gift.
I think her teacher loved it!
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