Applique Mason Jar Teacher Gift

Applique Mason Jar Teacher Gift - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I know most of you with school age children sent them off  a while ago.  School didn’t start here until yesterday.  I sent my little 6 year old to the 1st Grade!!  My son made it clear to me that he wanted to give something to his teacher on the first day.  Together we sorted m&m’s and put them in layers into a mason jar.  We used a package of mini m&m’s and a package of regular m&m’s.  There were just enough left over to put in his lunch. 🙂


Mason Jar
Fabric scraps
HeatnBond Ultra Hold
M&M’s (or anything you want to out in the jar).
Scrapbook Paper or Card
Vanishing Marker

My favorite part of this project is the lid.

Applique Mason Jar Teacher Gift - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For the lid I used fabric instead of the metal circle that is normally used.

I appliqued an apple to “Feather” Fabric from Bella Solids.  The red part of the apple and the leaf are squares from my Fresh Flowers Charm Pack.  The stem is “Brown” from Free to Grow by Robert Kaufman.

Not sure how to applique?  Take a look at this post.  How to Applique.

I cut a 5×5″ square for the base fabric.  I took my lid and used a Vanishing Marker to trace a circle so I would know how big to make my apple.

I cut patterns for the stem, leaf and apple.  I just kept it basic, but you could make the apple more true to shape if you’d like.

I placed the pattern on the lid to make sure it was the right size.

Applique Mason Jar Teacher Gift - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I used HeatnBond Ultra Hold to applique the apple to the base fabric.

I wrote this note on a piece of scrapbook paper and tied it on with hemp string.

Applique Mason Jar Teacher Gift - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This was a great project for me and my son to do together.  He was so excited to give it to her!
This is a gift that could be given to a teacher any time of the year.

You could applique a baby carriage to the top and have people guess how many items are in the jar for a baby shower game.

You could applique a Christmas tree or present to the top and do a
cookie mix in a jar for Christmas gifts.

This is a fun gift that I know I’d like to receive, and the applique lid shows you spent
time in personalizing it.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Nancy
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    This is a GREAT idea! I love the sentiment on the note card….I’m afraid I will be stealing the entire idea 😉

    • Cherie
      Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      I’m glad you like it!

  2. Elizabeth McDonald
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Adorable! This would also make a wonderful Thank You gift, or a hostess gift! I agee with you, the key is personalizing it for the recipient!

  3. Susan Chase
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    yup, I am stealing the idea too, its perfect, everyone loves M&Ms

  4. Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea. My daughter-in-law is a teacher. Did you drive your son to school that day? You couldn’t send this to school with a little schooler on the bus…it might break. I’d drive them!!!

  5. Brittany
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    What a cute gift idea! And it’s perfect for us bc 2 of my 3 have male teachers this year! I think chocolate would impress them more than some of the girly crafty things we’ve done in the past!

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