The teacher's favorite animals are sheep and goats, and since I can't draw a goat I decided to do something with sheep :) I sketched out this little guy and used it to make a template.
Helpful hint- if you don't have any card stock lying around, a file folder works too :)
I used white fleece for the sheep's fur and black cotton for the face. As you might have noticed, I did not make feet for the sheep. I wanted the kids to be able to personalize their sheep a little so I bought some fabric paint and decided to let the kids make their fingerprints into the sheeps' feet.
Here is the example I made. I used my pointer finger to make the feet, I figured that was closer in size to a kindergartners thumb :) I had bought a fabric marker and was going to have the kids write their name on their sheep, but when I tried the marker mixed with the fleece just didn't work out and there was no way the kids could have written anything even halfway legible on such a small piece of fabric (I couldn't even do it). Embroidery machine to the rescue! I kind of like it better since it will look more uniform, but I would have liked the kids to be able to write their name- its so cute at that age with backward letters and such. Instead I think I am going to have them write their names on a piece of white paper for me with a black marker and I am going to see if I can create some fabric on Spoonflower with their names- I think it would be a cute lining to the bag. Oh, yes! This is going to turn into a tote bag, I probably should have mentioned that.
(please excuse the icky cutting mat, basting spray+a cheap Walmart cutting mat + 4 years= ickiness)
See, there is my little sketch. I love it! I really (really, really!) hope it turns out as well in reality as it does in my head! Very possible I will be more excited to give this to the teacher than the kids are. I will make an excellent roommom one day (or certainly an enthusiastic one :)