Finally finished the second half of the girls' Teacher Gifts. I doubt if you even remember Part I, it was so long ago.
These are Lunch Buckets, similar to the Owl Bucket I made ages ago. I always try to give teachers something practical at the end of the year and this usually turns out to be some sort of receptacle, like last year's wallet-to-tote, 2010's insane market baskets and 2009's reversible tote bags.
With the graduating classes, I also try to include the kids' artwork. No reason other than me being sentimental. And also a retired teacher. Who was sentimental about the kids she said goodbye to. Even though her kids were 18 years old, and couldn't technically be called kids, especially since many of the boys physically towered over her.
Back to the present -this mustard bucket was for Jenna's teacher. This is Jenna's last year of preschool so I got the kids to draw themselves on fabric patches, which I put on a bucket, surrounded by copious amounts of piping. There were only six kids in her class this year, which is awesome for any class, but especially for a preschool class.
Kate's teachers, who will get to see her again next year, got regular print buckets in their favorite colors.
I especially like this next one, because I've always loved yellow and this chrome yellow is absolutely delicious.
That last floral bucket in the photo below is for Emily's teacher, who will get it in two weeks, when Emily is done with school.
The buckets are lined with oilcloth, laminated cotton or thermaflec, so they can be wiped clean if they get food on them. But they can also double as pails for craft supplies, a knitting project, small toys or anything else their teachers find use for.
These four are for the teachers, but wait till you see the ones I've put in the shop for you! They're not there yet (must take photos and we've been having deluge after deluge of rain recently) but they will be very soon!