I've done a lot of work, and have several partly finished gifts. If I'm going to make all that's on my list (see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213996.msg3189089#msg3189089
), then I still have a lot of work to do!
Here are some of the things I've completed:
For my boyfriend's step sis--a clutch made out of an old jacket I wore in the early 90s and the lining is leftover purple satin fabric from my mom's fabric chest. Total cost=$0.66 for the snap closure:
For my boyfriend's mother, a new gardening apron out of an old valence. Total cost=$0.00:
and grocery bags out of old fabric. Total cost = $0.00 (I got the idea from trickygirlb http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282037.0
For my boyfriend's 11 yr old sis, who wants to be an interior designer/architect when she grows up, a pencil roll with some art pencils. The pencils were on sale on black Friday for $2.00. I actually bought fabric, instead of using scraps. So, with the pencils, the total cost for this was: $2.67:
For my boyfriend's stepfather, who likes to work outside a lot, a cooling neck tie like the ones mentioned somewhere in this forum (sorry--I forget where I saw the suggestion) and described at http://www.pioneerthinking.com/bf_coolingtie.html
. I used scrap fabric, but had to buy the water wise beads. They were $3.99 at the nursery. But there's enough there to make at least 8 neckties. I made one for my dad and am making one for my boyfriend's dad as well. I used scrap fabric, so they'll cost about $0.50 each. That's way cheaper than the $10.00 one I bought at REI. In this photo is my REI one (on top), one that I made but didn't soak (middle), one that I made and tested by soaking (bottom). It worked really well!
Thanks for looking and for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. I got a lot of inspiration from this board.