Today is the last day of summer swim lessons. I have been planning all along to give my boy’s swim teachers a handmade gift, but didn’t get it all done until early this morning, of course. Last year I gave purses. This year, feeling the time crunch, I made them mini patchfolios – (big enough to hold the small 8″ x 5″ legal pads).
I quilted the cover, but no fancy piecing and no schmancy closure. I did play around with a new pencil pocket. Not sure if I like it just yet. It needs some tweaking.
So Ms. Joy and Ms. Lauren are getting mini padfolios and a Starbucks gift card. Mr. Mitch just gets a gift card. Poor guy. But unfortunately for him, I just can’t seem to crank out a manly gift. Just can’t do it. Even if I had any manly fabric, I’m pretty sure it would come out looking too cutesy for a guy.
I think we are the only family who brings gifts for the swim instructors. The boys take lessons all year round (it’s an indoor pool), and the end of summer seems like a nice time to give them something. Since we homeschool, the swim instructors and their Chinese teacher are the only outside teachers they have. And of course nobody ever gets Mommy an end of the year gift. Although now that I think about it, they really should. Yeah. My kid’s parents should get me a gift.
The pattern for the mini patchfolio is now available in my shop here.