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Whimsical Totebag {teacher appreciation}

Posted by  ·  April 23, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 26, 2016
teacher appreciation face bag ella
Hello there Skip to my Lou-ers!!
I’m Jen from Tatertots and Jello and I am SO excited to be here. I adore Cindy and I love following Skip to My Lou for the awesome ideas and creativity!!
jennifer i heart faces profile
Today I would LOVE to share a fun little Teacher Appreciation craft with you!!
I recently saw some cute pillows on Freshly Picked and thought they were so funny and whimsical.
freshly picked his and hers pillows
{Freshly Picked}
I thought I would take that concept and make some tote bags for my kids’ teachers this year.
teacher appreciation totes two
I designed the face on my Silhouette machine and printed it off using heat transfer material. If you do this, remember to mirror your image before you print it out.
before ironing on the heat transfer
Once the image was printed out, I took off the excess heat transfer tape, leaving only the images I wanted to use. Then I ironed the image onto plain tote bags. I found a four pack of tote bags at Hobby Lobby for $6.99. So each tote bag is less than $2. Such a good deal!!
hobby lobby bags
My kids had a great time designing the tote bags with me. They think the bags are so funny! We thought it was cute to have the apples popping up from the bottom of the bag.
teacher appreciation tote blue
teacher appreciation totes on an angle
So now I have a fun bag that their teachers can use as a beach bag or to carry things in.
Plus, I am going to fill the bag with some goodies, depending on what the teacher likes.
Some ideas that would be fun are a beach towel and some flip flops. Or even a gift certificate to their favorite store or restaurant.
girls with teacher appreciation totes
Now if you want to make this and don’t have a craft cutter like Silhouette, there are two other ways you can make these totes. The first is use heat transfer material and trace the image on with a pencil and cut it out. The second is you can paint the face and name on your bag —  use some paint medium along with regular craft paint.
deco art painting medium
Thanks for letting me come by Cindy!!!
I love this Teacher Appreciation Series – so many fun ideas!!


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  1. Monday, October 28th, 2013
    There is definately a lot to find out about this topic.

    I love all of the points you made.
  2. Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    I am curious to find out what blog system you have been utilizing? I'm having some small security problems with my latest website and I'd like to find something more secure. Do you have any recommendations?
  3. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    is there a template for the face?
  4. Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
    I want one!! lol
  5. Jenny
    Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    Adorable!!!!! I'm in the process of making a few teacher gifts and would like to make this bag. It's to cute. Is there a link to get a copy of the face? I have a cricut expression.
  6. Kim
    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
    Adorable! I'm a teacher and I would think it's a super cute gift. Is there a link to get a copy of the face?
  7. Monday, April 25th, 2011

    Thanks so much for letting me guest post. I am LOVING all of these fun Teacher Appreciation ideas!!!

    Sara -- you can buy heat transfer material online through Silhouette or Expressions Vinyl. Or through your local craft store. Just ask for heat transfer material or t-shirt transfer vinyl.

  8. Sara
    Sunday, April 24th, 2011
    i adore this idea but... where can you find heat transfer material?? Thanks a lot!
  9. Sunday, April 24th, 2011
    This is the cutest ever. Our teacher would love it.

  10. Sunday, April 24th, 2011
    these are SO cute Jen!! I love it!
  11. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    These are awesome! My daughter is a 3rd grade teacher and is always looking for a cute tote! What lucky teachers!
  12. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    so fabulous!!!!!!
  13. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    ACK! Those are so adorable!!!
  14. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    So cute...the teachers will love them! Wish I had a Silhouette machine!
  15. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    These are so fun and can be used for Mother's day too!
  16. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    Jen those are stinken cute! LOVE LOVE LOVE them. So clever. winks-jen
  17. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    These are so cute, Jen! Love the faces, what a fun way to show a teacher you think a lot of them!

    Cindy, this has been such a great selection of guest posts and ideas- thanks for hosting!
  18. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    These are adorable! What a great idea.
  19. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    Such a cute (and funny) idea!! I've been wanting to make some tote bags so i'll definitely be heading to HobLob. :)
  20. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    Could these be any cuter! They are so fun and I love the pop of color from the bow:)
  21. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    Omgosh, this is adorable!!