Lucy had given me a fur vest. The fur itself was beautiful but the vest really made anyone (no matter how young and skinny) look like a pink polar bear.
I made it into powder puffs. I love these and they make lovely gifts...
I got six. I am keeping one so five went into the cupboard. The cost was zero as I had the ribbon and I used scraps to stuff them. Added to powder or bath products, soap etc they will be luscious gifts!
My evening crochet project has been to edge kitchen towels. I got two packets of ten on Ebay. This was much cheaper than I could get otherwise. Out of twenty I only have four to go!
I stamped some plain cards and envelopes but these are more for my own supplies. I used up a lot of these sending out sour dough starter!
Also, from Ebay, I bought a bulk pack of heart shaped gift tags. I love them! I got stamping and added string ties...
I have been making them up into sets as little gifts...
So 20 sets of these went into the cupboard. You can see this is my favourite stamp!
I have been following Pasty's sewing challenge. Everything I have made has been from things I already have. Here I have used some of the sheeting I got on my op shop day. There are now tablecloths and matching napkins.
Cutting up a quilt cover meant I got two table cloths plus matching napkins for under $3!
I used up some cotton odds and ends and made dish cloths or wash cloths. These will go with the homemade soap I already made or into kitchen themed gift baskets. They are a nice absorbent cotton.
I had a pretty fabric remnant so I made that up into two gift bags. I thought after they could be used for travel bags or something else but meanwhile they would make a couple of gifts look nice!
The other night I had a finishing off night, sewing in threads and folding things nicely. When I put a big lot away into the cupboard I really noticed how much is in there now! I am getting there! This is a refreshing change after a slow start!
After the last kitchen towels I have about a dozen of the gauze face cloths to crochet around. They are lovely for baby wash cloths or makeup removing cloths. They were also from Ebay at 35c each!
I have a bit more fabric in my stash but not much! However... I am going op shopping soon!
Next week we will start Show and Tell again. Already I have some amazing things to show you! If you would like to join in just send me a picture (or several) of what you have been making at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to the Bluebirds Facebook page.
Today I am heading to Aldi. It is possible a few more items will end up in the gift cupboard if the catalogue is anything to go by! When I see amazing deals and think a certain person would really love an item, it is the time to act. I am so glad of these finds come December!
Even now there is heaps of time to make a world of difference to reduce the costs of a wonderful Christmas. Not only are the savings incredible but Christmas is more fun and less stress.
What are you working on? Do you have supplies that could basically become free gifts if you can think of something to make with them? These are the best! xxx