Monday, June 6, 2016

Dr. Seuss Finger Puppets Preschool Teacher Gift

My poor blog. We've been so busy lately that my laptop has been sitting in the corner collecting dust. So much has been going on lately with kids activities and the end of school so I want to make sure I update you all on everything! Today I want to share part one of the teacher's gifts I made this year because I've been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks now. Better late than never right?

Grace had an amazing year at pre-K this year and I credit most of that to her main teacher. Last year her teacher left a quarter of the way through the year and she got an inexperienced teacher for the rest of the year. The kids had fun but we don't feel like she learned very much. This year, she had a teacher that has been with her preschool for 17 years. She was super organized, kept us well informed, and Grace learned a ton.

I wanted to get her something special but had a hard time coming up with something at first because I knew being a teacher so long she probably already had tons of things like mugs and lotions just sitting around. I wanted something she could use in her classroom and Grace suggested something involving Dr. Seuss since they focus on his books a ton during Dr. Seuss month. After a quick Pinterest and Etsy search, I fell in love with these Dr. Seuss character finger puppets from Gracefully Geeky Designs. I managed to get the design on sale, bought the many different colors of felt needed and set my embroidery machine to work. I will say these puppets took way longer than I expected because they needed tons of thread color changes, but they were worth the time because I love how they turned out!
Dr Seuss Teacher Gift

I had originally intended to make a tote bag for her to put the puppets in but I decided a zippered pouch might make it easier for her to store them in her classroom. I found this Cat in the Hat fabric at Hobby Lobby and used this simple tutorial from Skip to My Lou to make this cute pouch.

I loved the lining fabric for this pouch, so cute. The puppets fit in perfectly!

This was one of the more time intensive teacher gifts I've created but Grace said her teacher loved it so it was worth the time and energy! It's something she will use in her classroom for years to come.

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