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So I missed teacher appreciation day. Well, I didn’t exactly miss it, I pinned all kinds of ideas but they never made it to reality.  That day I was browsing Pick Your Plum and stumbled upon some beautiful canvas color-block tote bags.  I immediately bought 2 for a ridiculously low price and knew these would be perfect end of the year teacher gifts.  I created these monogrammed tote bags for two very special and deserving teachers.  This post contains affiliate links

monogrammed tote bag gift

tote bag from Pick Your Plum

You can pick up a very similar tote here and create your own monogrammed tote bag.

To personalize these gifts I turned to my trusty Silhouette.  I recently tried my hand at freezer paper stenciling and loved it.  Take a look at the burlap canvas I created last week.  I used the same technique on one of these bags.

Tips for using freezer paper to create a monogrammed tote bag

  • Mirror your image before cutting it.
  • Place the freezer paper shiny side up on your mat.
  • Iron it shiny side down onto your fabric (pre-washed).

#Silhouette freezer paper stencil on canvas tote bag

I used a silver paint mixed with a fabric medium and dabbed it on with a sponge brush.

#Silhouette freezer paper stencil on canvas tote bag with silver paint

For the other bag I used Heat Transfer Vinyl with my Silhouette, another one of my favorite mediums.  Take a look at a couple of pillows I’ve created; throw pillow and big sister pillow.

For this monogram, I used an image I liked and used the trace feature in my Silhouette software to cut it. This is a great feature that allows you to cut just about any image you find.

#Silhouette heat transfer vinyl monogram on canvas tote bag

This was Little Lady’s first year of Preschool; a 2-3 year old program at the Y.  She had 2 amazing teachers that deserve way more than a cute tote bag.  They manage to wrangle, entertain, and teach 9 little ones on a regular basis.  I hope we can convey how much they mean to Little Lady and I.

What do you do for your teachers at the end of the year? I have many more years to go so I could use some more ideas.

Thanks for visiting!

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