It's hard to believe Elsie has nearly finished her first year at school. It has flown by, and she has grown and changed so much; photos of her from this time last year show a very little girl in a too-big uniform who could just about write her name, and now she is reading and swimming and drawing and spelling ... She has had two really wonderful teachers and two teaching assistants and I wanted to give them something to say thank you for all the hard work they've put in. I decided that book bags would be something I'd like to make that they might find useful. I dug through my stash and bought a few extra bits and pieces and based these on the tote bag from Lotta Jansdotter's book.
I added lining and an inside pocket, and made some personalised keyrings that I attached with a little button loop.
For the TAs I made pencil rolls from the same book; I had some little pencil shaped buttons that I couldn't resist using even though they'd have been better in lilac.
It is inspirational to sit in the room and watch these women work with the children, and they have taught me masses, let alone the children! I really hope they like these ...