(Click HERE to see last year's Teacher Appreciation gifts.)
Before I get into the details of these little totes, here is a little school-related story (Go ahead and skip ahead if you want to get straight to the totes!):
This past school year was kindof drama for us. I started the school year with a bad feeling in my gut about their school situation that just weighed on me and never left.
Without going into boring detail about the reasons why, after the holidays I ended up pulling my twins out of that preschool and placing them in another one that is run by a wonderful lady from our church that I have known since I first moved here to Virginia.
Now, one of my twins has just caught on to everything so quickly and easily that he is pretty much reading and spelling at only 4 years old. (I might be biased, but personally, I think he's pretty awesome.)
My other twin (whom I also think is pretty awesome!) has been struggling. Last year he had a superb teacher who kept him right up with the rest of the class. That is maybe why I didn't notice him struggling until this past school year started. He (and I) was getting pretty frustrated at his lack of progress, and I just felt he was being quickly left behind.
The difference I have seen in him in the last three months since we made the switch has been amazing. His writing and spelling have blossomed. I know it is the difference between a teacher who truly loves him and cares, and one who may not have cared as much.
I am SO happy I listened to that little voice in my head and heart that told me to move my boys.
So...even though I felt like these new teacher deserved something totally amazing for a teacher appreciation gift this year, time just wasn't on my side (their new school gets out almost a whole month before their old one did, so in my mind I thought I still had more time than I really did). But these amazing ladies will be my twins teachers again next year for their last year of preschool, so I have a whole year to think of and make something amazing for them next year.
This year, these darling little mini totes (filled with chocolate!) will have to do :)
I dug through my scraps and found these apple prints (Apple of my Eye by Riley Blake) which I thought perfectly appropriate, and followed this amazingly simple mini tote tutorial (by Monica Solorio-Snow) to make these adorable little treat bags for my twins teachers.
They were so fast and easy, I can definitely see making a lot more of these in the future for all kinds of little gifts and favors.
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