Extra Special Teacher – Teacher Appreciation 2011

This is a fun one to make. You can do it with out the bag and just a nicely wrapped pack of gum or a full pack of gum 3 pack. Up to you.

Let me share how I made the bags. I love making them.

I get a canvas bag from my local craft supply store. And my favorite roll of ribbon. And I use this amazing glue.

Fabri-tac. It is by far the best glue for crafting ever. Strong and dries fast. I always have a huge bottle of this stuff on hand.

I glue ribbon starting where the bow will go and glue the edges of the ribbon all the way around from front to back. Then I make a standard bow and glue that on as well. I do use some invisible thread to sew the ribbon bow on for extra support. Takes little to no time at all, and its a perfect bag for teachers.

I also own an embroidery machine and take it a step further adding the names to the teacher on the bag too. Personalization is SO FUN!!

I knew I couldn’t just give away a empty bag. That is when I decided to put my gum into the bag along with a nice tag added to the front. However again I was in a hurry and should of spent more time on the tag. I recreated a nicer tag to use this year and sharing it with everyone here.

I used a 2 1/2 inch circle punch – Uchida Clever Lever Mega Craft Punch, Circle

Here is the new tag I plan to use this year…..


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11 Responses to Extra Special Teacher – Teacher Appreciation 2011
  1. Carla G.
    April 16, 2011 | 2:17 am

    Your ideas are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing and being kind enough to share your printables. I am actually making your “smart cookie” tag with treats this morning for my daughter’s 5th grade math team! Thanks again! (I’m from North Florida.)

  2. C&MB
    April 16, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Where in N. Florida.. I have LOTS of family from up there in the Panhandle. :)

  3. Hope Jones
    April 18, 2011 | 9:52 am

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful and most creative and fun ideas!! I have loved them all!!


    FYI…you might check out your first sentence you put “gun” instead of “gum”. :) At first I was thinking what a nice way to wrap a gift that will protect the teacher. LOL!

  4. Shelly
    April 19, 2011 | 11:19 am

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Build It Sew It Love It
    April 19, 2011 | 4:02 pm


  6. Julie
    April 21, 2011 | 11:21 am

    I would love for you to come by and link up to Inspire Me Monday. It’s up all week!

  7. Pam
    May 4, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Hi – Love this bag idea!! I also own an embroidery machine and I was wondering – do you know what font you used and what size? It looks so nice and just the right size. Thank you – Pam

  8. C&MB
    May 4, 2011 | 9:24 pm

    I used CAC Pinafore for the font. The size I am not sure we just guess every time :)

  9. Audrey G.
    May 26, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    I love your ideas…THIS is WHY I follow your blog!:)
    Thank YOU so much for the free printables, they are a lifesaver!!!:)

  10. Dorothy Andreasen
    May 23, 2012 | 7:57 pm

    Love the idea. Wish you had a version that just said “Thanks for being EXTRA special!” or “Thanks for being an EXTRA special substitute teacher!”

  11. Melanie
    April 20, 2013 | 11:51 am

    I love th “extra” special teacher quick and easy gift. I am going to use it next month for our wonderful special area teachers. Thanks.

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