This is what I have been doing last night and this morning. Not because it takes long to sew these pants but because I have to work in spurts with all my sweet children around. I did the applique last night and finished the Boutique Bottoms this morning. The other day I finally organized my Christmas sewing projects. One year I used those $1-$2 white bins. I bought a bin for each child I sewed for and labeled the bin. I thought I would do the same thing this year but I never made it to the Dollar Store so I saw somewhere online someone using ziplock bags to organize their sewing projects. I had lots of those in the kitchen so that is how I am organizing my sewing projects this Christmas. Each bag gets a child's name with their sewing project inside. And my Mom actually suggested that I look into the hanging shoe bag organizer. If the pockets are big enough that might be a good way to organize sewing projects in 2009! I'll let you know!
Above is my nieces Santa picture outfits! Aren't they so cute!! LOL You can't see it but they each have their initial on the stocking applique'. The best part about these outfits other than I just love the way they look is the price I made them for. This year, just like all of us, we are on a budget. The red shirts were purchased at our local Wal mart for $2.50 and $3.50 a piece and the fabric was on sale for about $2.50 a yard online at Hancock fabrics. I used about a yard each for each bottom. So the total for one outfit was about $7.00 after shipping and a whopping total of $14.00 for both!! Now that is in our budget! And I'll be making a white applique shirt to match these bottoms so that they can where the Boutique Bottoms after Christmas as well!
I also finished one more of our daughters Christmas Chenille Scoop Neck Dress Top that I am making out of an old white chenille blanket. The cost of three Christmas dresses will be about $3.00 and that is the cost of the thread and the little bit of rick rack I am using to accent the bodice of each. WOW!! I am SEW excited about these "right on the budget" sewing projects!!
You too can be on budget this year with Christmas! Custom Creations are awesome Christmas gifts that are just absolutely adorable as well! And if you don't have an Embroidery Machine, YouCanMakeThis has some great sewing machine applique designs or you can just add a cute coordinating fabric yo yo flower to the shirt instead of an applique! Jennifer Paganelli has a great video tutorial on Country Living magazine for you! It is sew easy and free and you would be using your fabric scraps from your sewing project!! There are so many ideas. Another great idea is to use some of the leftover fabric and make a easy belt/tie that they wear high on the waist. It brings an ordinary shirt to the next level!! Ok, if you are using any of SewSensible Boutique Sewing Patterns for your holiday, please don't hesitate to send them to me! They are a blessing to receive and you will be helping others get inspired!!