I used to coach gymnastics. When the end of the school year came, a few of my kiddos would include me in their end-of-year gift giving and it always meant a lot to me that they would give gifts to their other “teachers” at the end of the year. After coaching for a while, I was an occupational therapist in the school system, and again, a few of my kiddos would include me on their gift list. I made a mental note that when I had kids, I would try to remember not just their teacher, but also the other people in their lives that had guided them in some way. I didn’t know at the time that I would homeschool and therefore I would have to buy myself Christmas and end-of-year gifts – he he. So when the kids took swimming lessons all summer and had the same 2 teachers, I decided this was my chance to do something nice for them. It was a great excuse to turn my new Belle fabric into (what else?) a purse!
This is Amy Butler’s smart bag. The matching grosgrain ribbon across the front, was inspired by this talented bag-maker.
The only other differences from the pattern were in interfacing all fabrics before sewing and making the pockets 2 layers with interfacing. Included in this gift were cards from the kiddos, a picture of the kids with their teacher, and a gift card to Starbucks. (Thanks for the Starbucks idea, blogging friends.) She really seemed to appreciate it, but with all gifts, it’s hard to know. This purse went to the other teacher who was out sick today.
In addition to being the last day for summer swimming, it was also my second son’s birthday. He’s four today! The theme of his gifts was “dress up” and he has been changing between each of his new outfits all day. Instead of birthday parties, the kids pick any family they want to come and have dinner on their birthday. Josh picked the biggest family we know. So with 15 people eating dinner, cake and playing together afterward, it was just like a party. What fun!
I just have to mention one of my sweetest thoughts about his little guy. He likes taking showers in Mommy and Daddy’s bathroom and when I go to get him out, the shower always smells so nice – he uses a little bit of every shampoo, conditioner soap, and body wash in sight and comes out smelling so sweet! I love you big boy!