Nov 24

Gifts – Handmade Outfit $3.50

The gift is a $3.50 handmade Christmas outfit and it is incredibly cute too.  I made 5 of them.  The mom and dad shirt were only $2.50 because I didn’t get them pants.  And, I even had enough to make the dog a matching neck scarf too.  That was $0.00.

Gift giving done cheap. $3.50 outfit @

The shirts I bought last week at JoAnn Fabrics.  They were on sale for $2.50 each.  The embroidery design I had but if you were to buy was $5.00 for the whole design pack at Designs by Ju Ju.

Gifts done cheap @

If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could still duplicate the idea by stenciling which I do often. The stenciled are equally as cute as the embroidery. Some even prefer it.  Here are instructions for stenciling with freezer paper.  Regular craft paint works just fine on fabric.  The little $.89 bottle works perfectly.  Don’t be tricked in thinking you have to buy the special paint for fabric, you don’t’ need it.  Did you ever get craft paint on your clothes?  It doesn’t come off.

$3.50 Christmas Outfit @

The pants I bought yesterday at the thrift store.  My thrift store has $.99 cent Saturdays where one color tag is $.99 for the day.  I’m one of those dorks who will only buy things that are $.99 on $.99 day.  It is just part of the fun.  Anyway, I found jeans for all the kids in the sizes that I needed.  All looked brand new.  I do wash them immediately though as one never knows.

$3.50 Christmas Outfit @

After the pants were washed and dried, I cut out the applique trees with my Go Baby. I’m lucky enough to have a Go Baby but you don’t need it.   It is super duper easy to draw your own tree or trace one from a coloring book.   Here are instructions for making your own iron on applique patches.

$2.50 Christmas Shirt @

The fabric was scraps from a previous project and I also had the backing for the applique on hand too.  Even if you don’t have these things on hand, you only need a very small amount and it would be of minimal cost.

Dog Scarf @

The dog scarf was again a scrap of fabric and I appliqued on a tree and embroidered the name.  $0.00 cost.

Total project

5 shirts = $12.50

3 thrift store pants = $2.97

Total Cost for 5 people gifts & 1 dog gift = $14.97.  Not bad. :)

See you next time.


Jun 01

Sewing On Saturday – Easy Headband

I followed Happy Together’s instructions for making this easy two side headband.

Free Headband Pattern

I ended up making 12 in an afternoon.  I, however, found that they were a bit too wide for my head and I simply used a wider seam allowance. The wider seam allowance worked perfectly.  I trimmed off the excess before I turned.  I also used what I had around.  I used old clothing for fabric, an old pillowcase, some vintage double knit and some old bandannas.

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Old ugly thrift store dress

The hardest part of the project was the turning.  I couldn’t whip up one in 5 minutes if it took me 15 minutes to get the darn thing turned inside out.  Since I am a notion addict, I got out my notion box and low and behold I had these.

If you don’t have this notion, get one if you can.  It consists of a tube and a stick.  You slide the tube though the headband, use the stick to push the fabric through and in 5 second it is turned and ready to press.  You would also use this on the piece for the elastic.

See ugly thrift store dress on the far right?

Thanks Happy Together for a great easy and useful project.