Give a Little Gift - Day 2 - Off to School

Give a Little Gift - Day 2 - Off to School

Give a Little Gift - Day 2 - Off to School

Sahara Fabric's awesome waterproof oxford is perfect for sewing up so many different projects! Today we have some gift ideas for teachers and students in your life. Most of these stitch up in no time flat and are perfect for gifting on their own, filled with supplies, or maybe as a cute add-on for a gift card.

Gift Idea 1:  Device cases!

Waterproof oxford on the outside and something soft and cushy on the inside--minky or fleece or cuddle luxe. Add some batting between the layers or pieces of foam for extra protection. The new Double Zipper Vertical Bag is perfect for device cases. Slide the device in the main pocket, and use the front pocket for the cord, charger, and other accessories. The outer shell of Sahara's waterproof oxford protects from incidental splashes and raindrops!

Know a voracious reader? Maybe you're gifting an e-reader. This 6x8 size holds the current Paperwhite and charger cord. (Of course check the measurements of your particular device and any cases you might have on it!)

The 8x12 version of the Double Zip Vertical Bag is perfect for small tablets (an iPad mini, perhaps? Santa, are you reading this?) and huge graphing calculators. 

Gift Idea 2: Pencil cases!

Grab new packs of their favorite pens and pencils (while they're clearancing out the school supply sections!) and make up snazzy new cases to start off next semester fresh. The Top Zip Pencil Cases hold just about everything! 

Gift Idea 3: Incidental cases!

The Makeup Stash Zipper Bag holds all the stuff you need to get you through the day. Make one of these for everyone on your list, choosing prints to match personalities and interests. This is the 5x7 size, and it holds everything pictured. It easily slides into a purse, backpack, or work satchel. The waterproof oxford will protect against anything inside leaking out onto your other belongings. (Have you ever had one of those anti-bag pods leak in your purse? Ugh!) Even the guys in your life can use something like this--throw in some fingernail clippers too! My husband uses his incidental case all the time. I made one for his car, one for his desk, and one for his work bag.


All packed up and ready for success!

Gift Idea 4: Sunglasses Cases!

I sewed up this XL Sunglasses case from the Vertical Top Zipper Bag Set for my favorite biology student's lab goggles to protect them in her backpack. (The sunglasses case also holds, well, sunglasses, but it is a perfect, discreet case for hygiene products too.)

Gift Idea 4: Snack bags!

The Top Zip Square Zipper Bags hold snacks and all sorts of odds and ends. I pieced together the front of that 6x6 square on the sewing machine using my scraps, and the oxford sews like a dream! The 7x7 square on the bottom left fits whole chocolate bars. I will make sure there's an emergency stash of those when I gift this set to my favorite teacher. We recommend lining snack bags with Sahara's PUL. If you don't need a large square filled with chocolate (who are you, really?), the waterproof oxford bag is perfect for holding headphones, small calculators, or anything you don't want getting dripped on in your bag. Rain, spilled water bottles...


Grab some of this vibrant oxford and sew up one case or a whole set! They're perfect to complement a gift card or stand on their own as a thoughtful gift. The recipient will think about you and how awesome you are whenever they use their cases.

Don't forget matching zipper pulls to put that finishing touch on your gift. The Science Charm Set and the School Charms Set 1 coordinate wonderfully with this vibrant waterproof oxford. I also used the Mini Script Alpha Monogram Charms, the block Alpha Mini Monogram Charms, and the Basic Shapes Charms Set 1.

Come show off your Sahara projects or ask any questions about Sahara's line of fabrics in the Sahara Fabrics Facebook Group. And as always, we can't wait to see how you POP in the Parker on the Porch Facebook group!

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  • I would make oit for glasses and put lense cleaners in the front pocket

    Barbara on

  • I would fill it with goodies for my sister who just started dialysis.

    Judi Mullins on

  • my sister in-law is in the hospital – shortly going in nursing home & I have a sister in nursing home – lip glosses – sanitizers – wet wipes – tissue – I would keep stuffing until I couldn’t stuff no more – I could also make some for the staff – wow thanks for the idea


  • I would definitely fill one with Kleenex, hand sanitizer and lip gloss for each of my granddaughters.

    Barbara on

  • I’d fill one with a small pad of paper and a pen and some snacks for my daughter to take on her next road trip

    Michelle Chatterson on

  • OOOH! My grandchildren live at the beach, sooo, some great cases for sungalsses!

    Libby Rogers on

  • I will make the bag and put manicure items in it as a gift for my sister in law.

    Cindy Smith on

  • Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and informations! Makes it so much easier for newbies to jump right in and get their feet wet…soaking wet!

    Beve on

  • I will use this bag for a gift card holder, and maybe some sunglasses for my granddaughters Birthday gift for this Saturday 28th. She will be 18!

    Sharion on

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