The school year is nearly over--11.5 days to go and yes I am counting! If you want to laugh out loud about how this time of year feels for moms read this blog http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jen-hatmaker/worst-end-of-school-year-mom-ever_b_3378480.html and believe me having been a mom and a teacher this time of year is even worse for teachers!!!
For the last five years, I have sewn book covers for my fifth graders as promotion presents. I usually start them after Christmas and work on them a little bit at a time, but this year our department budget was cut and there was really not any money to buy the supplies to make them. I figured they would just not happen this year, but I have felt very guilty about it! I have the privilege to work with most of my students for three years and they are such nice kids, so I just dug into my stash and my own wallet to make them. I only decided to make them on Thursday. I ran around the fifth grade track meet trying to find all 30 of the fifth graders I work with to ask them their two favorite colors. The few kids that weren't there or I never found I e-mailed their moms asking for the color combinations. This yellow one is for Siera.
The turquoise and black is for Emmalee. I machine appliqued their initial on the cover. Here is a link to my tutorial for how to make them
and they only take a quarter yard of fabric, a 9x12.5 inch piece of interfacing, a 12 inch length of ribbon, and a button.
I have thirty book covers that just need to be whip stitched closed and buttons added to the ribbons that are the book marks. I need to have 14 of them done by Thursday to give to one group of kids. It is the last time I get to see them due to a field trip. I guess I won't be finishing my Journey of a Quilter this week, but I am glad that I decided to whip them up even if I felt like I was working in a sweatshop!