The end of the school year is just around the corner, and this year it’s bittersweet.  The Big One is finishing up his last year on Elementary School, and soon he’ll be off to Middle School.   In just a few weeks, it will be Teacher Appreciation week for his class.  We just finished Teacher Appreciation week for the Little Monkey’s preschool, and surprisingly both schools handle the weeks in a similar manner.  Teachers get lunch brought to them one day, flowers another, and on Friday, they receive a larger class gift that is usually a giftcard.  I think they can appreciate and use the giftcard more than any gift I can come up with, but I like to send something handmade from the heart.  This year I made Teacher Appreciation Lavender sachets. My Mom Made That: Teacher Appreciation Lavender SachetsI made Lavender Sachets for my wedding guests when Mellow Man and I got married a few years ago.  When I was wandering around the $1 Bins at Michael’s, I saw these little drawstring bags with crowns on them, and heart charms.  I picked them up for $2, and realized they would make easy Lavender Sachets! I had all of the other supplies, including the sweet smelling Lavender.  If you are looking for places to buy lavender,  Etsy has a number of suppliers that ship quickly and are reasonable priced.

My Mom Made That: Teacher Appreciation Lavender SachetsThe bags are very easy to make.  You fill the little canvas bags with the dried lavender.  and then pull the bag closed very tightly.  I think that these bags held about 1/2 of a cup of dried lavender.  I didn’t over stuff the bag.

My Mom Made That: Teacher Appreciation Lavender SachetsThen I actually sewed the canvas bag closed.  I didn’t want to worry about the bag opening and spilling everywhere.  Then I tied the red gingham ribbon around the neck of the bag, and sewed the ribbon to the bag.  Finally, I sewed the heart charm to the bag.

My Mom Made That: Teacher Appreciation Lavender SachetsOnce the Lavender Sachet was finished, I prepped tag to match the crown bag.  I have a good collection of rubber stamps, including alphabet stamps and crowns.  I decided to write “To a Queen of a Teacher” on the tags, and stamp a crown on them on one side.  On the other I used a Thank You stamp.

My Mom Made That: Teacher Appreciation Lavender SachetsThe two gifts were handmade, made from the heart, and easy to make.  I hope the teachers like them!  It was also nice to be able to contribute to the class gift, and give a reasonably priced personal gift from our family.  What are you making for your children’s teachers this year?