Thursday, November 29, 2012

"The Mitten"

My cousin Cindy works in a preschool and gave my children this beautiful book. She described how much fun her students have acting out the story. "The Mitten" by Jan Brett is a stunningly beautiful story about sharing in a "making room for all" way.

Each year I make "mittens" for our preschool.

After a long December of studying all types of holiday traditions, reading books like "The Mitten" and making every type of holiday craft imaginable, the preschool's  holiday party day arrives. Each student gets one of these large mittens to personalize by decorating. Then they each one-by-one give their peers a present (pencils, mini-playdough, stickers, etc.) to be places within their "mitten." It is really a beautiful time of sharing and caring by little four and five year olds.

This, however, is what I am left with after cutting out the mittens.

Well, I can't just throw out that huge amount of fabric! So, as per Joan Ford's instructions in "Cut the Scraps," I cut the remainder into piles of 2, 3 1/2 and 5 inch squares and............

 Cut the Scraps.

..................I made a little gift for each teacher.

Here is a detailed photo of each quilt.

So, what do you think of these scrappy table runners?

I hope Miss Chris and Miss Laura will enjoy them as much as we have this wonderful Christmas tradition of giving and sharing.


  1. Love this idea. I wish I had known about it earlier in the year so I could prep for this one too. Since next month is so hectic for me, with both kids birthdays as well as Christmas, there is no way I could do it this year, but next year for sure. Thanks for the idea.

  2. This is a lovely book and what a wonderful way to have children learn. And the use of the left-overs as teacher gifts is super.

  3. Thank you all. Looking ahead to the Blog Hop with Give-Aways which will begin on Monday of next week. I'll be posting what my "gift away" will be on Sunday evening. Check back then.