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A Gift a Day: Day Fifteen--Tapestry Slippers

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For the fifteenth day of A Gift a Day, I made slippers. Last year I made slippers for all of my girls in cream-colored satin with a flower in pink or blue on them. This year I am making them slippers again, but I've changed a few things. I am using a different fabric for the soles. On this pair, I chose cotton duck cloth, which is a heavy cloth. I hope that this will produce a more long-lasting slipper.


 
As tapestry is very prone to unravel once cut, I zigzagged each seam (and did not trim the seams).

Slippers

Supplies:

fabric for outside ( I used a scrap of tapestry)
fabric for lining (I used fleece)
fabric for bottom (I used cotton duck)
matching thread
pattern (I used the Vintage Flair Flats pattern from Winter Peach)
buttons
elastic cord (I found mine here; she has lots of colors from which to choose)

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine

Time:

The total time for one pair of slippers was 3 hours.

Today I made one pair of slippers.


Cost:

$0.12 per pair. I didn't spend anything on it this year, as I had the supplies already (my .12 was spent last year).

I bought the pattern last year and have used it to make 5 pairs of slippers since then.

The tapestry was a scrap that was given to me from my mother-in-law several years ago.

Tapestry is rather expensive. However, you don't need a large amount to make these. The ones I made above are a women's size 7. You only need a piece 22" long by 16-17" wide. If you want to match the pattern, you will need a larger piece for matching. You can buy a remnant of tapestry, buy a small amount on sale, check the fabric close-outs at the fabric store (I often see discontinued tapestries there), or pick up a scrap at a garage sale.

I bought the fleece last year on Black Friday sale at Joann's.

I bought the elastic last year. I found last year that I needed a longer piece of elastic for my girls wide feet and high arches. This time I cut the elastic 8 inches long instead of the recommended 6 inches in the pattern. I Left very little overhang and I didn't cut any off.

The cotton duck fabric was from my grandmother's stash.

The buttons were vintage buttons that were given to me as part of a woman's personal button collection. I used them for the same daughter's slippers last year; I cut them off of that pair (which is worn) to use this year.


What did you make today?
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A Gift a Day: Day Fourteen--Cub Scout Vest

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My son mentioned this week that he wants a Cub Scout vest.

This is the simplest thing to make. I used my son's uniform shirt to measure the width and armholes, and I cut the felt just like it looks from the Cub Scout store vest that I linked above. I then sewed the pieces together.

Cub Scout Vest

Supplies:

red felt (I bought mine on sale for $1.87 a  72" yard after sale and extra discounts; you will need about 1 1/4 yards for 2 vests)
red thread

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine (optional; you could sew these by hand)

Time:

The total time for vest was 20 minutes

Today I made two vests. My younger son will start Cub Scouts at the beginning of next year, so I am going to give him one, too.

Cost:

$0.95 per vest. That's much better than the $14.99 at the Scout store!

You can see the rest of the gifts I've made in my Gift a Day series here.

What did you make today?

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A Gift a Day: Day Thirteen--Handkerchiefs

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I've made handkerchiefs every year for Christmas for the children. I love handkerchiefs, and the children love them, too. I love that they don't need to ask me for tissues at church, and when my two-year-old has a runny nose, she can reach for a handkerchief instead of emptying a box of tissues.

This year I decided to make scalloped-edged handkerchiefs for my two-year-old.

I really like to use old cotton sheets to make handkerchiefs, as they are very soft. I had a twin-sized bottom sheet wear out. I used the edges of the sheet to make these handkerchiefs. I cut 12" squares for the handkerchiefs. I measured and marked three of them. I then made a small cut for the length and tore the sheet to get a perfectly straight edge. I cut a bit at each marked edge (every twelve inches) and after I had made the cut, I tore each of the handkerchiefs. I usually take a long time measuring and then I still get them crooked. Tearing ensured straight edges.

I sewed the scalloped edge 3/8" away from the edge of the handkerchief. I then used a small pair of sharp embroidery scissors to carefully cut away the edges of the fabric from the outside of the scallops.

Handkerchiefs

Supplies:

soft cotton (a sheet, muslin, or other cotton)
thread

Tools:

scissors
ruler
sewing machine

Time:

The total time for one handkerchief was about 25 minutes.

Today I made three handkerchiefs.

Cost:

$0.05 per handkerchief for the thread. You can read about how I buy my thread here.

I also embroidered two handkerchiefs for 2 of my other daughters, with their respective initials. I will be sewing scalloped edges on these as well. It took me about 2 hours to hand embroider each one. I did while I watched shows in the evening on Hulu. I will work to make 3 more handkerchiefs for the other children for Christmas.

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A Gift a Day: Day Twelve--Paris Bookmarks

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I took my oldest daughter with me to Target to run some errands. I usually avoid even glancing in the direction of the Home Decor department, because they have cute things and I know I will see something I like. I find it easier to be grateful for what I have when I don't go looking at what I can't have.

However, this time we ended up looking down two aisles, and we saw a large Eiffel tower clock. At first my daughter thought it was a wall decal (it was just black with hands on it and no numbers, so it's not an easy-to-read clock). Apparently a friend of hers has an Eiffel tower vinyl decal on her bedroom wall, and my daughter told me that she really liked it.

As soon as she told me, I knew what I was going to do for the bookmarks that I was planning to make for her. I knew The Graphics Fairy had several free images of the Eiffel tower.

In the end, I also ended up using a few postmarks from Just Something I Made as well.

For the twelfth day of A Gift a Day, I made Paris Bookmarks. You can make them, too! I added the free printable to my bookmarks page. If you have a color printer, the stamps will print in color.

Paris Bookmarks

Supplies:

cardstock
embroidery thread for tassels (4 skeins)
clear shelf paper

Free Printable and tutorial from my website

Tools:

scissors
paper cutter (you can use scissors instead)
ruler
printer

Time:

The total time for four bookmarks is around 30 minutes.

Today I made four bookmarks.


Cost:

$0.43 per bookmark, or $1.72, if you are buying supplies. I had the embroidery thread from my grandmother's collection, so that brought the cost down to $0.10 per bookmark, or $0.40 total.

Joann's has embroidery thread on sale for $0.33 a skein on Black Friday. Regular price is only $0.39 if you aren't there on Friday.


Images courtesy The Graphics Fairy and Just Something I Made. Finished design is copyright The Prudent Homemaker.



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A Gift a Day: Day Eleven Change Purse

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For the eleventh day of A Gift A Day, I decided to make something that was not on my original list. I am making a purse for my daughter, and she doesn't want any pockets inside. I thought she needed something to hold some change, so I made a lined change purse. You can make one in any size for any object (longer and skinnier for a pencil case, or a larger bag for a makeup bag, for example). I cut my fabric 4 1/2" by 5", for a finished size of 3 1/2" by 4."

Change Purse

Supplies:

fabric for outside
fabric for lining
matching thread
zipper (about 5"; you can use a longer one and shorten it)
tutorial

Tools:

scissors
sewing machine with a zipper foot
sewing pins
ruler
marking pen or pencil

Time:

The total time for one change purse was about 45 minutes. I think it takes less time than that, but I am only getting 2-3 minute increments in which to work on any presents lately, which is making figuring out the time for any project, let alone completing a project, quite difficult.

Today I made one change purse.

Cost:

$0.00 per purse. I used scraps of fabric that I was given for the lining, scraps from garage sale curtains (these are the same ones from which I made a scarf), and a zipper from an old container that used to hold sheets. I repurposed the zipper because it had this fantastic "W" zipper pull on it, and the purse is for my daughter Winter (now I need to find another one for Wren someday!) If you want your zipper pull to be similar, you can purchase a letter charm and some large jump rings. Using pliers, you can remove the other zipper pull and replace it with a letter charm or another charm. (I have seen letter charms at Walmart, but they were a bit high, I thought. You can also try Michael's or Joann's.)

If you need to purchase zippers, Wawak has them on sale this month. A zipper this size is .37. If you want to make multiple bags in the same size, they have a buy 2 get 1 free deal until the end of November (same size and color zipper). They also have a Black Friday deal going all week (through the 23rd) for $10 off a $100 order with code WBF1112.

This takes the tiniest bit of fabric, so you can use leftover scraps from a previous project, or repurpose a bit of clothing. You can use a new zipper, or a repurposed one (just unpick the stitches).
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A Gift a Day: Day Ten--Flowered Bobby Pins

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For the tenth day of A Gift a Day, I made flower bobby pins.


Flower Bobby Pins

Supplies:

satin fabric (about a 10" square piece for 9)
bobby pins
crystal or glass pieces for center (you could use beads instead)

Tools:

scissors
candle
matches
E-6000 glue
toothpick for applying the glue

Time:

It took me 1 hour to make 9 bobby pins.

I used this tutorial for making the flower petals. Instead of sewing them together, I glued them together. I then glued the crystal piece into the center, and then glued them onto the bobby pins.

Cost:

$0.30 per bobby pin. These could be made for less; I found more inexpensive supplies after I had already purchased mine.
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