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Teacher Appreciation Tote Gift Idea!!

I’m Megan and I am the writer, creator and mother of three behind Balancing Home, where I chronicle life one home project, kid meltdown, and heart-melting moment at a time.

I’m also lucky enough to be married to a very talented graphic designer, who makes my visions a reality and then lets me share them all with you.


Today I’m here to share a project I whipped up using a teacher appreciation printable my husband and I created last year for teacher appreciation week. I have become a bit obsessed with my Cricut|explore and thought it would be fun to bring in an already made design.


To make this bag I created a new project in the design space studio and then clicked “upload an image”. I followed the screen prompts to upload the teacher appreciation printable (available as a jpeg and pdf). I used glitter iron-on vinyl. I found the glitter iron-on cuts best when the dial is between cardstock and fabric.


This is an affordable option to say thank you for all your child’s teacher does. The best part about a tote for teachers is: it is 100% useful! Trust me (former teacher here)–you lug a lot of stuff between home and school. You can find the printable here. I used the jpeg to create this bag, but it is also available as a pdf. I know my readers have found many uses for this teacher appreciation printable– creatively framing it, shrinking it down to make gift tags, etc.

Are you going to make one too?? Thanks so much for having me today Jen!


Thanks Megan!! What a fun idea for a teacher gift. I’m sure you do have to carry a lot of things around, and this is a gift I think any teacher would love. And, if your teacher appreciation week is already over, it would make a great end of the year gift too! Megan has great ideas on her blog, Balancing Home. Here are a few recent projects of hers that I love:


This Let Them Be Little Pillow is so darling! I know I love that saying too. Especially now that my kids are growing up!


This Simple Spring Feather Mantle is so fun! I love the colorful feathers, letters and bows she made! So pretty!!


And this FREE Dishes Printable is so fun! I think I could use a little help with my dishes too.

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  1. Monica says:


    Is there any way that we can get the file where the background is white and the letters are black? I don’t have fancy machines (I would literally KILL for a Cricut!), so I want to make this as an iron on transfer but I don’t want to use up all of my black ink.

    heeeeellllllppppp :)

    oh, and THANK YOU for making this available!!

  2. I love this tote bag idea. Is there any chance I could buy one from you? You should be selling these things on Etsy they are so cute! You and your husband make a great team. Such talent. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Could I pay you to make one of these totes for me? You should sell these on Etsy or something! So cool. Love the graphic. What a great team you and your hubby make.

  4. Audrea Clemence says:

    Love, love this tote. So cute an good idea! I really want to make a couple but I have a Silhouette an have never even opened the box! I noticed you have a Cricut. Is there anyway to get instructions for doing this on the Silhouette fr getting the saying to my Silhouette screen an cutting it an putting it on the tote.? Never have used vinyl or heat transfer material. Thankyou for sharing!

  5. Such cute ideas! As a former teacher I would have loved to have received one of these gifts!!!

  6. Hi! I LOVE these bags and would like to make some for the teachers on my team, but I cannot find the JPEG file you mentioned above. I even went to the Balancing Home website you linked to, but only found the .pdf and I don’t know how to turn a .pdf into a cuttable file on my Silhouette software. (Let’s be honest, I’m not sure how to turn a .jpeg into one either, but I at least know that you can….right?) Can you help me, pretty please? Thanks!!!! :) :) :)

    • I just saved it as a jpeg instead of a pdf…I’ll see if that worked. Sorry to comment again–I couldn’t figure out how to delete my first comment. :)

  7. I love this! And any teacher would too, adorable!
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  8. Very cute ideas! I especially love the Help with the Dishes printable! So funny!
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  9. Greetings!

    Love this page, some people are soooo creative!

    But hey, as a teacher…..I’ll still be happy if I get an apple for teacher appreciation.

    But the bag, awesome, can’t believe you actually made that, because you’re right, I can’t believe the junk I lug around all day, but I consider it my workout =)
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