Since I'm a teacher, I thought this would be a nice DIY that crafty teachers can make for their own classroom or crafters can make for their favorite teacher. It only takes an afternoon to sew up and is a great alternative to the generic plastic hall passes that are out there!
Materials: - 2 cut rectangles (2.5"x 8") of printed cotton fabric, of unbleached muslin, and of fusible interfacing (a total of 6 rectangles) - embroidery thread and needle - 2 four-inch strips of bias tape or twill tape - tracing paper (optional)
Steps: 1) After you've cut out your rectangles. Design the desired text for your hall pass on some tracing paper. Pin the tracing paper onto printed cotton fabric and embroider (a contrasting color for the thread works best!). I used a back stitch for these, but a running stitch works nicely too. Once you're done with the embroidery, carefully tear the tracing paper off.
2) Fuse each interfacing piece to each muslin rectangle. Fold the bias tape in half and lay it on the upper edge of the embroidered rectangle. Then with right sides facing each other, pin each pair of rectangles together (muslin+embroidered piece) with the twill tape sandwiched between. Make sure that the interfacing side and the "messy" side of the embroidered rectangle are facing out. 3) Sew around (6mm seam allowance), leaving a 1" opening in each rectangle.
4) Turn the rectangles right side out through the opening. Steam press each rectangle. Then, using a contrasting thread, sew around the perimeter of each rectangle closing the opening.
And there you have it, a cute, inexpensive way of making hall passes for your favorite teacher! If there are any questions about this DIY, please feel free to contact me. Talk soon, Sue