Since I am usually on a tight budget I try to spend as little as possible for gift making. I don't worry at how much I spent on each individual's gift, but instead focus on making something that they will enjoy. I have in years past spent too much money on crap that people don't like or throw away as soon as they can, so for the last couple of years I have a "if I can't make it, you aren't getting it" motto. This cuts own on my costs (as long as I am careful), forces me to put the time and effort onto something memorable, and gives the recipient something worthwhile as a gift. This year is the second for *strictly* using that motto and I am still getting compliments on the items I made last year as well as requests for things that various people might like. So far this year I have spent well under $100 including the stash items I have used. I have made things for 12 family members as well as my husband and two kids. All items are unique and thoughtful, though not necessarily large of expensive.
ABSOLUTE AWESOMENESS!!!! You did a fabulous job with EVERYTHING! I have seen weddings that had a LOT more money invested that didn't turn out half as nice. CONGRATULATIONS on both the wedding and the job well done!!
WOW, those are beautiful! Almost identical to some my mom made for my daughter when she was born. She based hers off a pair of booties that belonged to my great grandmother. I don't think she use a pattern either. It is all gorgeous!! Great job!!