Janine is a GREAT example of a "Creative Mommy on a Budget" as she has completed many beautiful DIY projects to giver her son's nursery a unique, custom, homey and inviting feel that looks so high-end but is in-fact DIY on a budget. She has also created some adorable clothing items for her son that make him the most stylish baby in town!
The material was about $10 a meter on average so I spent about $50 on material, $15 on piping, $7 on batting and $3 on thread. So the total for this project was about $75. However, I had extra material left over that I was able to make other projects for the nursery with.
I used ideas from three different quilts I found online to create mine, taking different aspects that I liked from each of them. They ranged from $120-$200 in cost!
I bought 3 white canvases and drew the pictures directly onto each canvas and then painted the pictures.
The cost was $10 for the canvases (I already had paint and brushes).
Similar paintings retail for about $50 for the collection!
Savings: $40.00Wooden Baby Name Letters |
Buying custom wooden letters online cost anywhere from 6$-8$ per letter which would mean Isaiah's name would cost on average $42.00 plus shipping!
Toy Sling |
1. I sewed two large half circles together, leaving the flat edge open.
2. I took 2 long pieces of material (about 4 feet long each) and folded
them in half (pretty sides together) and sewed along the open seam
3. Then, using a safety pin, I pulled the material through so the right sides were facing out making 2 tubes.
4. I then attached piping to each side of the half circles’ open edges.
5. I centered and pinned the tubes on the half circles so about 1 foot of material was hanging from each side.
6. I attached the tubes to the other side of the piping. The tubes work as the ties to attach the sling to the crib.
Since I used leftover material the cost was $0!!
However, about 1 meter of solid material would be needed for the sling and approx. half a meter for the ties and some piping. So it would around $15-$20 to make if you have to buy the material.
Toy slings cost about $60 at Sears.
My Savings: $60.00!
Your Savings (if material needed to be purchased): $40.00
I personalized it by adding a block with the letter “I” for my son’s name.
I top stitched the block and letter on to the bag.
The cost of the project was $0 as I used scrap material!
However it would probably cost around $10 if one had to buy the material.
Handemade Baby Laundry bags on Etsy cost $40.00 on average.
My Savings: $40.00
Your Savings (If materials need to be purchased): $30.00
Snake Stuffed Animal |
I had left over material from curtains I sewed for his room, the material reminded me of a snake, and since his room was jungle themed I decided to make him a giant stuffed snake.
I cut two long pieces of material in the shape of a wide snake. Then placing right sides together I sewed the pieces together but left the mouth opening un-sewn. I then top stitched a heart on the side of the snake and hand stitched the eyes on (I used beads). I then took 2 pieces of material and sewed a tongue and attached it to the center of the mouth. I then stuffed the snake and hand stitched the mouth closed.
This project would cost approximately $10-15 for material and stuffing.
I found a similar Snake Sutffed animal on Etsy for $19.00 plus $12.00 shipping ($31.00)
My Savings: $31.00
Your Savings (If material needs to be purchased): $21-$16
Little Man's Hat & Tie |
I bought a pattern on Etsy for $8, the pattern included both the hate and tie.
I found the patterns to be VERY easy to follow taking me about 3 hours to complete both projects.
The cost was about $20 total, for the pattern, material and notions. I purchased the amount of material recommended by the pattern and have PLENTLY left over so I plan to make some hats and ties for gifts in the future.
To buy a hat and tie like this would be an average $40.00
Tie Onesie |
I bought a package of plain white onesies and using left over material from another project cut the material in the shape of a tie.
I then zigzagged the “tie” to the onesie.
VERY easy to make.
I have seen these sold at craft sales and mom to mom shows. They usually cost between $10-20. I bought a package of 6 onesies for $12 and used scrap material for the tie. So the cost per shirt was about $2 a great gift idea!
Brown Dress Pants |
I had left over material from the hat and decided to make matching pants. I bought a pattern from Etsy, the pants were VERY easy to make, taking less than 2 hours.
I added a blue trim to the pockets to match them with the tie and hat I had already made.
The pattern cost $4 and I bought elastic for the waistline.
Using left over material this project cost me $5. Most baby pants cost about $15.
I am sure Isaiah will grow up knowing that he is truly loved and cared about because of all of the time and effort you put into hand-making all of these items especially for him!
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