8/09/2014

Creative Teacher - Giveaway!

As back to school approaches, teachers become "busy bees".  A couple of my bloggie friends decided we'd put together a 'crafty' spin on a blog hop.  As you hop through you can enter rafflecopters to win hand-crafted school related items.

Today, I'm going to show you how I made a cute Classroom Library/Reading Center Pillow that brings that comfortable, homey feeling to my classroom.  My students love to use the pillows when they read.
You will need just a few supplies.  The material of your choice (I bought a flat quarter for $2, you can buy a quarter of a yard), Heat-n-Bond (a quarter to half of a yard), material scissors, letters to trace and 1 pillowcase.
Iron the material (no creases).  Layout your Heat-n-Bond so that it covers your material, but doesn't go off of the material (tip: don't iron it to your ironing board)  Iron flat.  
Cut out any letters or designs.  If you have a Silhouette Cameo it should do it for you.  I printed letters onto cardstock, cut them out, laid them backward and traced them onto the Heat-n-Bond.  Remember to trace the letters backward!  
Cut out the letters (tip: don't leave your material scissors at school over the summer, like I did).  Then, lay out the letters onto the pillowcase to find a design you like.  
Finally, iron down the letters!  Iron a few times to ensure that the edges adhere to the pillowcase.  You can put frey-check around the edges if you want to.  The good news, if an edge begins to pull away from the fabric, you can just iron it back down. 

For today's Giveaway, I made a "READ" Pillowcase you can win for your classroom library!  The material colors are blue-green-pink-orange-brown (it looks like black, but is brown) and will match a variety of classroom designs.  My classroom colors are lime and turquoise and this actually matches fairly well.  I know some people have allergies and you should know that this craft was made in a home with a small family dog.  The winner must be a classroom or homeschool teacher, they must live in the contiguous US and all entries will be verified. 
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If you want to look at all the crafts, continue along the blog hop.  Your next stop is Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners!  

33 comments :

Sara Filler said...

Must have a glue gun!!!

Laura Schachter said...

A laminator!!
Laura

Christin W. said...

A good pair of scissors

Christin
Shifting Teacher K-2

Mrs. Brown said...

I have to say a glue gun! I would be lost without mine!

Thanks for the chance!
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Monica R. said...

A glue gun!

sarah said...

Magnetic tape!

Tara Looney said...

It's a three way toss up...My essentials are: good scissors, sewing machine and hot glue gun!

Tracy Hayes said...

Glue gun for sure, can be such a useful tool!

Bev Ebersole said...

Hot glue gun

Sebrina Burke said...

I have a glue gun, but think I need a silohuett!

Carla @ Comprehension Connection said...

Deneice-This pillow would be a nice addition to my reading nook, and I really hope I win!! I would agree with Laura...must have a personal laminator (and maybe a great color printer!)

Karen F. said...

Hot glue gun of course!! and a good imagination :-)
Karen

Caitlin Orsborne said...

A glue gun!

S.O.L Train said...

The pillow would be nice for my reading area and a glue gun is a must!

kb said...

Great scissors of course! And a friend who is willing to work on the project with you.

Susan Efseaff said...

A crafty teacher must have a glue gun!

Mrs. Decker said...

My glue gun has been used a ton to get ready for this school year. Seriously I had glue sticks used them all, and then bought a huge pack of over 100 glue sticks, but the pack is almost gone.

Susan said...

A glue gun!

Mrs. Davies said...

A hot glue gun!!

~Wendy
sdwd727@gmail.com

Wendy @ Read With Me ABC said...

Sharp scissors

Reformed 4 Christ said...

Hot glue gun...laminator...scissors...the list could go on and on! lol - SO cute! I would love to win this for our reading corner in our hoemschool room! SO CUTE!

lorena said...

Good scissors and different types of adhesives (hot glue, E600, glue sticks, etc.) ;)

D. Frideley said...

I agree a good glue gun is a must! Last year I bought the huge "HOT" glue gun that allows me to glue to cynderblock. I have 1 pair of awesome, sharp scissors that are blue. My students know they are MINE & don't touch them.

Deniece

Jennifer Drake said...

Adorable pillowcase! Thank you for the great directions!
Jenn
Crayons & Cuties In Kindergarten

Mrs. Schlickbernd said...

I can't choose my favorite between a glue gun and a laminator!

missyp said...

Glue gun!

Doreen Bednarski said...

My glue gun gets lots of use at school.

Amber Laue said...

I am not really too crafty, but I would be lost without my glue gun!

Heather Meek said...

I will have to join up with the glue gunners.
~Heather
The Meek Moose

Melissa Cloud said...

Must have Mod Podge!

Ashley Cook said...

Its too hard to choose. But a glue gun is a good one! Thanks for this it is so cute!

Ashley

teachinginbroncocountry.blogspot.com

Ashley Cook said...

Its too hard to choose. But a glue gun is a good one! Thanks for this it is so cute!

Ashley

teachinginbroncocountry.blogspot.com

Julia Cosgrove said...

I would have to say a glue gun is essential.