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A Gift a Day: Day Ten: Rome Pillow

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Rome Pillow The Prudent Homemaker

Ezrom and I talked about making this pillow for his room a couple of months ago. He chose the image that he wanted. The little pillow will go on his bed.

He doesn't know I made it for him for Christmas.

 

Supplies:

Image from the Graphics Fairy

Iron-on transfer paper

Fabric for pillow and cover (I used unbleached muslin)

Batting

Thread

 

Tools:

Iron

Scissors

Sewing machine

Sewing pins

Paper cutter (optional)

 

My mom printed up the transfer sheet for me on her ink-jet printer (I have a laser printer and the sheets only work with ink-jet printers). I trimmed around the image with a paper cutter to make perfectly straight lines.

I used the trimmed image to meaure tow pieces of fabric. I put the image down on a double layer of fabric and added a sean allowance of 1/2" all the way around. I cut the fabric out.

I ironed the image on one piece of fabric. After it had cooled, I put the two pieces of fabric right-side together and sewed them closed on three side. Then I turned the whole thing right-side out. 

The instructions for the iron-on sheets say to wash the fabric after ironing on the image, so I washed it, but I did not put it through the dryer. I let it air-dry for a short while, and then ironed out the wrinkles. I also ironed the open edges along the edge of the image so that they would go inside the finished pillow.

I cut a couple pieces of batting the size of the finished pillow, making each long ebough to cover it four times. I folded the batting over until it was a thickness of 8 times, and I put that in the pillow.

I stitched the open end closed by hand.

 

Time:

 It took me around 30 minutes to make the pillow.

 

Cost:

$.84

I had everything on hand except for the transfer sheets. These were .84 each for the iron-on sheets. I used batting that I was given from my mother-in-law; you could also use batting from an old bed pillow. The muslin was part of the fabric that I received from my grandmother.

 

Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?

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Camp Half Blood Shirt The Prudent Homemaker

Ezrom is a huge Percy Jackson  fan. He asked for a "Camp Half-Blood" t-shirt. Some of you may remember that Winter and a friend of hers made one of these before for another friend's birthday gift. On that occasion, Winter wrote the words and drew the pegasus image by hand with Sharpies (it took 3). This time I lucked out; someone had already made an iron-on image that I could just print and use! That made this gift really quick and simple.

 

Supplies:

Orange t-shirt

Transfer

Iron-on transfer paper

 

Tools:

Iron

Ink-jet printer

Scissors

 

Time:

10 minutes

 

Cost:

$3

I paid $2 (plus tax)  for the t-shirt and the iron-on paper works out to .84 a sheet, plus the cost of ink. I don't own an ink-jet printer (I have a laser printer). My mom printed this for me on her printer.

Joann's has t-shirts on sale for $2 each this week, Wednesday through Saturday/ Regular price is $4.99, and they have children and adult sizes.

Michael's also carries them in adult sizes (regular price is $3.99 and they go on sale for $3, but I don't know if they are on sale this week).

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A Gift a Day 2014: Day Eight: Pajamas

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Boys Pajamas 2 The Prudent Homemaker

Ezrom has been asking me for some traditonal-style pajamas for Christmas, so this gift is straight from his wish list.

 

Supplies:

Flannel

Pellon Iron-on interfacing

4 Buttons

Elastic

Thread

Pattern (I used Butterick B5586)

 

Tools:

Sewing machine

Iron

Sewing pins

Scissors

 Boys Pajamas The Prudent Homemaker

Time:

It took me 6 hours to make a pair of pajamas, including cutting them out. I think it should be less, but I had a lot of interruptions, which meant this gift took me a week to complete! If you've got 4-6 hours of interrrupted time, you can make these in a day. I sewed all of the seams with French seams, which also lengthens the time.

Cost:

$1.50 for this pair.

I was given some flannel that I used for this pair. I bought the elastic in bulk from Wawak. The buttons were from my button jar (cut from old worn clothing).

I bought the pajama pattern a couple of years ago online (I tried for several years to buy this pattern when the patterns go on sale, but the store was always out, so I bought it from Butterick's website). I'll use it for several pairs of pajamas, so I would put the cost for the pattern at $1.25 for this pair--though it could be less, depending on how many pairs I eventually make with the pattern. 

If you would like to make some pajamas, flannel will be on sale at Joann's starting Wednesday.November 26th,  at 6 a.m.  It will be 75% off. This is a once a year price, and the lines will be long. I recommend getting there early, and if there is already a line at the cutting counter, getting a ticket right away so that you don't spend 3 hours in line at the cutting counter. Solid flannel will be $1.49 a yard, and prints will be $1.79 a yard. 

Pellon interfacing will also be on sale. It will be $2.99 for the bolt (regular $7.99). From past experience, I can tell you that you might have to be there before 6:20 a.m. to get any, as they never have enough of these. I bought 3 bolts 3 years ago on sale like this, and I used some of that to make this pair.

All buttons will be buy one-get one free.

Fabric.com will also have Black Friday sales, but I haven't yet heard what those will be.

Wawak, where I buy elastic in a big roll, also will have Black Friday sales. Again, I don't know what these will be, but it could also cut down your cost on elastic, as well as buttons (their buttons are less expensive than those at Joann's).

Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?

 

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A Gift a Day: Day Seven: 18-inch Doll Shirts

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Today I'm doing something in this series that I've never done before.

Today I'm sharing some gifts that Winter made!

Doll Shirts The Prudent Homemaker

I actually had planned to make these doll shirts (just like the pink one that she made) for the girls this year. We had seen similar shirts in the American Girl catalog. So, when I saw what Winter was making, I was rather surprised! 

Winter is 12 (almost 13) and this is her first time making doll clothes. She has used a sewing maching a bit, but not a lot. It's also her first time sewing on knits and her first time using a pattern.

I think she did a fabulous job, and I know her sisters will be thrilled!

 

Supplies:

Jersey knit (you can reuse old worn shirts if you like)

Tulle (we used a couple of old, worn dress-up ballet skirts from the Dollar Tree)

Thread

Sharpie (permanent marker)

Velcro

Shirt Pattern (it's free)

Sequins

 

Tools:

Sewing machine

Ball-point needle (when sewing on knits, a ball-pount needle is important)

scissors

Light table or bright window 

Hand-sewing needle

 

Winter followed the directions for the free shirt pattern to make the shirts. She then traced a ballerina and a fairy silhouette onto each shirt (she found the silhouettes on Pinterest). 

For the tulle, she cut small pieces and sewed a gathering stitch (a long stitch) though each bit, and then pulled the threads tight. She then stitched then on top of the ballerina and the fairy.

She added some tulle around each sleeve as well.

She hand-sewed each sequin on around the shirt. The sequins were ones that had come off something that she had.

 

Cost:

I had all of the supplies on hand to make these. Most were repurposed items, but I did purchase the pink knit, the velcro, the thread, and the marker at one point. These cost about $0.25 each to make if you are buying all all of the supplies on sale/with a coupon.

 

Time:

Each shirt took Winter, a 12-year-old beginning sewer, about 1 1/2 hours each. 

 

Doll headbands

 

When she was done, she used the scraps and two hair elastics (1 cent each from The Dollar Tree) to make a couple of matching doll headbands. They are simply braided strips of fabric sewed onto hair elastics.

She is also planning to make some jeans for the dolls, using the bottom half of jeans we've cut off of worn jeans (when the knee was ripped and I cut them off to turn them into shorts).

Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?

 

 

 

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A Gift a Day 2014: Day Six: Herb Garden

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Herb Garden detail The Prudent Homemaker

 

Today's gift is a gift for a friend of mine. She has a place in a pot for a small herb garden. I am giving her several herb plants to put in her pot.

You could arrange your gift in a pot or another container, to be put in a windowsill until spring, if you live in a colder area. Our winters are mild and these herbs will overwinter, though the oregano and peppermint will die back, and do better if cloched during the winter. Those of you who live in the Southern hemisphere could include several annual herbs, such as basil and dill.

 

Supplies:

Herb plants from your garden

Plastic pots (I used ones leftover from previous nusery purchases)

Potting soil

Water

 

Tools:

hand trowel

 

Herb Garden Gift The Prudent Homemaker

 

I dug up several small plants that I grew from seed this year (the mint was a cutting from a plant that I had purchased. You can also root a mint cutting in water and have a new plant ready to plant in less than a week).

I transplanted them to a few small pots and watered them in.

I dug oregano, green onions, parsley, thyme, and peppermint. 

 

Time:

It took me 15 minutes to gather the supplies and replant them. However, they could use a little time to perk back up after being transplanted, so they will sit for a week or two before I give them (this gift will most likely be given later this month, rather than waiting until Christmas).

Cost: 

The only real expense for me was the potting soil. Your cost will vary depending on how much you spend for dirt. These cost me 25 cents total.

 

Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?

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A Gift a Day 2014: Day Five: Hair Ribbons

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Hair Ribbons

When I was a child, I loved hair ribbons. I had a few that I still remember--and still have! 

I remember visiting a friend when I was 8. Unlike me, she had a sister, and their house had drawers in the bathroom vanity (mine did not). Her mother opened the drawer one day when I was there, and it revealed a drawer full of hair ribbons. I was smitten. 

When we first moved into this house, we changed many things, including the bathroom vanities. Rather than keeping the sitting area between the two sinks, we added drawers. One was designated for hair ribbons, though at the time I had only two daughters and not five!

The girls have been asking for more bows in their hair, particularly when I braid their hair. 

I have a good amount of ribbon that I just haven't gotten around to cutting for them, so this year I made it a priority to cut ribbons for them. I'll make a trip to the Dollar Tree for a package of 100 hair elastics, and I'll tie the ribbons on them to make them easy to add to the end of braids.

 

Supplies:

Ribbons

Hair Elastics (optional)

 

Tools:

Scissors

long ruler

 

Cut ribbons to desired lengths. I cut them 20 inches or longer. Tie on hair elastics.

 

Time:

It took me about 20 minutes to cut all of the ribbons in the photo above.

 

Cost:

This can vary greatly by the ribbons you choose. I used ribbons I bought years ago. I buy ribbons by the spool, on sale, for the greatest discounts. These cost $.01 to $.03 each, plus $0.01 each for the hair elastic.

 

Did you make any gifts today?

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