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