20 minute crafter {easy and inexpensive teacher gift!

It's that time of year again!  School is almost out, summer is neaaaaaarly here and we are ready for it!  We've had a lovely bunch of teachers this year but we are all ready for a break from schedules and rules and leaving the house every day.  We are ready for the pool and popsicles and hot sun!

But before that can happen it's time to say goodbye to those teachers!  This gift is easy and can be started and finished in ONE evening!  Anyone can do this!  I love to give a gift the boys have helped with a little.  For this project I had the boys write a simple "thank you" in their own handwriting.  Want to give it a try?

You will need:
some solid color hand towels (lighter ones will make it easier for you)
a clover iron on transfer pencil (found at Joanns for a couple bucks)
embroidery floss
a needle
an embroidery hoop
a small piece of interfacing
You can make these as easy or as complex as you would like.  For Aaron's I only did the words and a little smiley face he added. 
For Moses we added his hands.  You can do this using my tutorial HERE.  
Start by having your child write a simple note.  Then go over their handwriting with a black sharpie.
For Aaron's I had to cut up his words and tape them together in a more cohesive way so they would fit into the space I had.  I then ran it through our copy machine, shrinking his image because he wrote huge.  For Moses, I had to enlarge his because he wrote tiny.  You can also do this on your computer. 
Then on the back of your prepared image...
...trace the words.  Make dark lines with your pencil, going over it a couple times.  This will help with the transfer. 
Here it is! Ready to be ironed. 
Grab your towels and a piece of scrap wood that is not painted (or some other HARD surface you can think of). 
Then following the instructions on the pencil iron your image onto your towel (you could also make a hoop if you'd like!).  I place the wood under the towel so I can get a good hard press.

Then you are ready to embroider!  For my tutorial on super basic embroidery go HERE.
When you are done you can iron on a lightweight interfacing on the back to hide the stitches and make the towel more durable for using.  
I used the towels to wrap up bottles of hand soap that I got for pennies using ePantry! If you use my referral (www.epantry.com/referrer/5682/) you can get $10 off your first order and then refer others to get $10 in store credit each time!  Handsoap comes in handy for teacher and hostess gifts!  Sorry for the commercial but it's worth it to earn FREE cleaning supplies, which you can do with just a couple of successful referrals each month!

Have fun making some awesome teacher gifts!


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