Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Secret Santa for teachers

So, I'm trying to do some handmade presents this year. At work we do Secret Santa. Monday - Thursday we give $2 gifts and on Friday we give about a $20 gift. Then we leave for Christmas break, which is really the greatest present of all. :-)

The person I drew had a few things I honed in on. Here is how my days are looking:

Monday: Six pack of Sprite Zero
Tuesday: Hot chocolate mix in a zippered pouch
Wednesday: Lanyard and a Reese's Peanut Butter cup
Thursday: 100 calorie pack rice cake things
Friday: Tote bag and a gift card

We fill out a questionnaire about our favorite things to give our Santa, so everything was chosen from that list, wait did I mention she loves zebra print and her favorite color is pink? Bingo!

I made this pouch from Patty's tutorial again. Super fast.

It has a hot pink inside.
And I measured it to fit this cute hot chocolate packet I found at the store.

I made a lanyard out of a 6 inch strip of the same fabric folded up like a strap and stitched down both sides. I added on a clasp to the end. Teachers always wear these for keys and ID badges. Vera Bradley ones are hot right now, but why pay for someone to manufacture something homemade looking? I saw a cute one with small yo-yos on it...oh, the possibilities.

Here is a close up of the clasp I used from the jewelry department at Joann's.

For Friday's big gift I mad a matching tote and I will put a gift card in it. I didn't use a pattern for this, so if anyone is interested in a tutorial let me know. It's four rectangles and a strap. It took about 20-30 minutes total. Oh, and it is reversible.

I did different colors of thread in my bobbin and needle. That gave me hot pink top stitching on the zebra side and black top stitching on the pink side. 

I made it flat bottomed so when she carries binders or paperwork in it it will stand up a little better.

All stuff a teacher can use right? I would have gone more handmade, but I hardly know this lady. I was scared I would turn into a Secret Santa horror story..."One year my Santa made me an entire week of zebra stuff she made herself. I was so tired of zebra I never wanted to see one again!"


  1. As always, your creativity shines through,Stacie! I'm so proud of you! Your friend will be thrilled to have you as her Santa. I'd love a tutorial on your tote. It's exactly what I've been searching for since I need something with straps long enough to fit over the handles of my walker and deep/wide enough to carry everything that needs to go with me everywhere. Can't wait to see your next creation!

  2. I love everything you made!
    What a fortunate lady to have you as her secret Santa! I know she's loving each new surprise. Way to go! :)

  3. did you know you show up as a no-reply blogger? you requested a christmas tree skirt pattern from me, but I don't have a way to get in contact.....