Last week was Henry's last day of preschool. It was also, as it turns out, our last day at the one and only preschool we have ever been.
Violet began at this small one room Montessori school operated out of the teacher's home when she was 2 1/2. We had just moved to Maryland a year earlier. Henry was still an infant (only three months old) and we were in the throws of first time home ownership (only three months in as well!).
Over the next four years we watched both of our children grow and learn. We learned a lot of parenting and teaching skills from their teacher. We watched the other kids in the class grow too and became close friends with them all. We became friends with their teacher and her family. And, as the years passed their teacher's oldest eventually became our babysitter! (Yeah we played that pretty well!)
But, next year Henry will be heading off to a new and different preschool for his last year before Kindergarten as his teacher just had a baby this Spring and has decided to close her school. We are sad to say goodbye to our friends and teacher and honestly, a little bit nervous to see what a new school will bring. But, luckily for us, she also happens to live just around the corner.
Anywho, while Henry made her a shrinky dink thank you gift, I wanted to make her one last little handmade thank you too. Something for her, but also, how could I resist making something for little baby too, right!
I started with the something for her. A diaper clutch made using this tutorial as a guide, mine was a little bit smaller, I added some fusible interfacing between layers and a wrist strap and a faux button. The fabric is leftover from my own 241 tote.
I wanted this clutch to be useful to tuck in some wipes and diapers and maybe a couple of other odds and ends, but not babyish. I wanted it to be something that she could use post diapers as well.
I hope she likes it, I'm thinking about making one for myself (someday...)
Ps...did you see my little caterpillar photobomber up there?
To tuck inside I made a simple little changing pad. Laminate on one side and cotton on the other with a double layer of flannel tucked inside for a little bit of padding...
And then, of course, the something for baby. Back in April, I had Henry's class over to our house while their teacher was on maternity leave and we all worked together to make the new baby some stenciled onesies. I also whipped up a divided basket (forgot to take pictures!) to tuck them into and a few burp cloths to go along with the onesies but, since I was trying to keep paint where it should be an giving direction I didn't end up making a onesie that day myself. So, instead I made a little cloud appliqued shirt and a pair of baby pants to match...
(Fabric, up up & away skinny laminx and double cloth cotton)
A nice little thanks for everything gift...
We've been so lucky to have this teacher and this school as part of our early education years. It's been fun for me too because I've had the chance to be in the classroom with the kids and create fun preschool projects with them...
Plus, I think that their teacher may possibly be, after four years, the recipient of the most handmade gifts from me!
Have a great day!