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Cross Stitch Gifts for Teachers

Updated on April 30, 2014

If you like to cross stitch and are thinking of making your teacher, or your child’s teacher, a gift, there are many unique, handmade and affordable finishing options.

Making your favorite teacher a handmade finished cross stitch piece is a wonderful, heartfelt way to tell he/she how much they are appreciated.

Here are a few cross stitch finishing ideas for handmade teacher’s gifts.

Framed Art
Framed Art | Source

Framed Design / Sampler

A hand-stitched and framed teacher-themed design or sampler may take a little longer to complete, but is a beautiful way to show your appreciation. Framed art can be placed in an easel-back to be kept on a desk or tabletop, or hung on a classroom wall.

Materials Needed:

  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Mounting board
  • Frame

Owl Bookmarks
Owl Bookmarks | Source


Stitched bookmarks won’t take as much time to finish as much-larger framed designs, but will still give your teacher the handmade effort appreciation you are looking for. Bookmarks can be personalized with your teacher’s name, the date, your class, or with whatever other details you would like to add. They can also be made from pre-made plastic canvas templates.

Signed Memo Board
Signed Memo Board | Source

Signed Memo Board

Perhaps one of the most unique and heartfelt gifts you can give your teachers is a signed keepsake such as a framed memo board. Much like a high school yearbook, a memo board can be signed by an individual, a group, or even the entire class. All that is needed is a small, stitched center, a wide photo mat, and a coordinating frame. Individual(s) will then write (with a permanent pen or marker) their sincerest messages all around the inside of the mat.

Materials Needed:

  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Wide photo mat
  • Frame
  • Permanent pen / marker

Pencil Case
Pencil Case | Source

Pencil Case

A pencil case is a cute idea for a teacher because it’s an accessory they can actually use and keep on their desk. Many small motifs are available for stitching and made easily into a pencil case. You can also purchase a premade fabric pencil case and added a stitched motif to the corner.

Materials Needed:

  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Backing fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper


  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Pre-made fabric pencil case

Greeting Card
Greeting Card | Source

Greeting Card

A stitched greeting card can serve two purposes – a card and an art piece. Whereas store-bought greeting cards are generic and mass-produced, a personalized greeting card is special and extremely unique. Your teacher can choose to keep the greeting card as is, or mat and frame it as a finished art piece.

Materials Needed:

  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Cardstock
  • Embellishments

The Making Spot
The Making Spot | Source


Small 1-2” cover buttons are inexpensive and readily available to be finished into some really great teacher-themed magnets. The stitching will take little-to-no-time as the design space is so limited, but can be finished into a gorgeous set your teacher can use for her memo and/or dry erase board.

Materials Needed:

  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Cover button
  • 3/4" or 1" magnet
  • Adhesive

Hanging Sign
Hanging Sign | Source

Hanging Sign

Stitched signs are great for hanging on the wall, in front of a desk or on the classroom doorknob and can be finished in a variety of different designs. You can also stitch your teacher's name so it can be used as a personalized nameplate.

Materials Needed:

  • Stitched teacher-themed piece
  • Backing or mounting board
  • Staple gun or adhesive
  • Ribbon

Teacher-themed Cross Stitch Designs and Patterns

  • “The Teacher” by Butternut Road
  • “Teachers” by Heart in Hand Needleart
  • “Teachers Touch the Future” by Lizzie Kate
  • "Teaching is a Work of Heart” by Lizzie Kate
  • "To Teach is to Touch” by Lizzie Kate
  • “My Teacher” by Bobbie G. Designs
  • “A+ Teacher” by Imaginating
  • “Teacher” by Hinzeit
  • “Building Blocks Teach” by My Big Toe
  • “Teaching” by X’s and Oh’s
  • “School Days” by Buttons and Beads
  • “Schoolhouse Sampler” – Leaflet 101
  • “Golden Rule Days” by Erica Michaels


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love all your cross stitch gifts ideas!! my kids teachers are going to be delighted receiving these homemade gifts. Gonna start buying those cloths and start stitching. Voted up

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is so cute! I have got to learn to do it. Thank you. Up & sharing.