Saturday, November 1, 2008

Handmade Gift Ideas

This week I used some of my sewing projects for gifts and hope you can use these two ideas. I guess you could call them "semi-handmade". They are a combination of a handmade item and a purchased item or cash!

1. I was invited to a baby shower given for my cousin who recently gave birth to premature twin girls. The girls now weigh 3 pounds and will be in the hospital for a while longer. I made these two Strawberry Shortcake tote bags and purchased two large packages of diapers.

I didn't realize diapers had gotten so expensive! I wanted to buy a large package of name brand diapers since it was for a gift and was floored! I had coupons and my plan was to buy them at Walmart. I did get a pretty good deal, I think, at CVS. Its hard to tell what's a good deal since there are so many different size packages, baby sizes and brands. Some say Mega pack, etc.

The diapers I bought at CVS were 60 count Playschool, size 1 and 2, which fit babies 8 to 18 pounds. They were on sale for $10.99 and I had a CVS coupon for $2.00 off. In addition, if you spent $20.00 on Playschool items, you received $5.00 Extra Bucks for a future shopping trip. If only I had some extra bucks on hand to apply to this purchase, it would have been a really good deal. I'm anxious to see this week's CVS sales paper to see if I can "roll" this $5.00 extra bucks coupon on some more good deals this week.

I think these will be greatly appreciated gifts. You can never have too many diapers, especially with twins! And the tote bags can be used for lots of things while the babies are small and the girls can use them when they are larger to carry around their stuff in.

2. I also made this denim wallet for my daughter. On the inside it has a place for credit cards, gift cards, etc. It was a little surprise for her to receive in the mail this week. I put a 5 dollar bill in there with a note that said "Lori's Dunkin Donuts Coffee Money". She loves to go through the drive through and get an iced coffee, but tries to limit these treats, so I thought she'd appreciate a little bonus in the mail!

You could place a Walmart, other gift card or good old fashioned cash in a wallet and make a very nice gift. Its much more personal than just giving a gift card or money. It shows the recipient that you put some thought into the gift.

I have a very busy weekend ahead of me. Today I have some Etsy Shop sewing to do, house cleaning and laundry. Tonight I'll be spending the night at my mother's. Tomorrow I'll be home by 11:30 A.M. or so and will be having my daughter and her family over for lunch. I will get aome grandbaby sugar!

Have a great weekend everyone!


ancient one said...

You have the best ideas. I have a baby shower this weekend and I was shocked at the price of diapers too... LOL

Tori said...

Great idea for this bag, I love the colors too.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Melinda said...

That is a GREAT idea! Two gifts in one plus wrapping to boot!

I actually just bought diapers myself last week for a baby gift. I couldn't believe the prices either!

Anonymous said...

Debbie, those are such creative gift ideas! I'm sure everyone loved your gifts.

Have fun with your family and sweet grandbaby. :)

Terri said...

What wonderful gifts, Debbie! Thank you for sharing. You are getting my creative juices flowing.

Alexandra said...

Cute! I can't wait to see what else you make for your Etsy store. Have a peaceful Sunday. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
I love my new wallet. You are so talented. I am making Tea Towels for girst.

Mom2fur said...

When I had my second (Katherine), my first (Michael) was still in diapers. We used to buy them by the case. I can't even imagine what that would cost nowadays!
Cute projects, Deb. I really have to get moving on my own Christmas crafts, now that I'm done with Halloween! (First step--I actually organized my fabric this weekend so I have a better idea of what I have on hand.)

Pen Pen said...

The baby bags are awesome! I'm sure your daughter will enjoy her new wallet with its coffee money tucked inside. You are the best!

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