Over the past few years, several parents in my daughter’s classes have contributed money to purchase the teacher a gift certificate.
It’s a thoughtful gesture, and I know the teachers are appreciative. Thus far, I haven’t participated in that, opting instead to do something on my own. Since I do interact with my daughter’s schoolteachers, by volunteering, throughout the school year. It gives me helpful information when it comes to giving gifts.
This year I’m crocheting a tote bag, for Mrs. M, my daughter’s third grade teacher.
For some, it might not sound like much, but they don’t know my daughter’s teacher. I do. 🙂 Therefore, I know it’s something she’d like. About a week ago, I sketched a few designs I’d know she’d like, and this morning, I’ve settled on crocheting her this paperless grocery bag by Coats and Clark. The crochet pattern is free, it just requires me to purchase yarn, and set aside time to craft the item.
Although the bag isn’t exactly like the sketch I created, it can easily be modified to compliment my design.
I’ll be making the crocheted bag sturdy, and it’ll be completed in earth tones; which she loves. For embellishments, I’ll add a few crocheted and knitted flowers to the bag. Nothing too extravagant, but just enough to add some pizazz!
As much as I’d love to make her something bright and colorful, I won’t. I know the colors she likes, and although I’m sure she’d wear the colorful bag occasionally, she would do that because I’d made it; not because she enjoyed it.
Sometimes it’s best to put other peoples wants ahead of our own, shocking I know! 😉 This is one of those times.
I want her to use something that she truly enjoys.
Photo Source: Coats and Clark