Under $5 - Week 2

Before we get to the crafts I know you're all waiting to see I have some announcements.

I finally have all the layout issues taken care of (I hope. Please let me know if they're not). A genius man was able to help me with the white space issue..all I had to do was add two little stinkin slashes to the code...who knew? If you are having any troubles with a blog or just want to make yours better you should get hold of him. His name is Mau and he loves to help people rebuild and optimize their sites. Check him out at Web Media MX.

Do you remember Yulia @ Forever You from last session? She hosted a giveaway? Well she's doing it again! She has some great new stuff in her shop and even has both an organic section and a "Save Our Planet" section where 25% of the proceeds go to a non-profit. She's giving away a credit to her shop, so go to the giveaway page for more info on how to enter.

We had a really good first round this past week too! Our first winner is Kalleen with her Tag Wallet! Congratulations! The tutorial is up in the "tutorial" page.

The first round is always the hardest for me to have to say goodbye to someone. We haven't really had a chance to see what they're capable of or gotten to know them yet. That's why I'm super sad to say goodbye to Jessi. She's an amazing crafter and I hope everyone will keep checking out what she's working on at Sweetie Pie Bakery!

Now on to the show. This week's theme was Under $5 (without using anything you own). I did let them use things like glue and thread that they already had. Those things can add up! The tight budget did nothing to these ladies abilities to create fun stuff! I love it!


Craft #1 - Food Cozy

Need to get a meal to someone sick? Dinner to a family with a new baby?
Do you want your Brownies to be warm when you get to a party? Or maybe you need a housewarming gift?
...You need the food cozy

I love to make meals for those around me. I enjoy this simple act of service that can be accomplished even with a growing family at home.

This carrier was made for under $5.00 and can easily transport a meal from your house to another. This simple pattern was one of my great grandmother's. So go raid the piggy bank and lets make this inexpensive project together.

Craft #2 - ABC Soup

My kids are all about letters and spelling these days. And what better way to help them out then by making them these fun fabric letters! They are so easy to make and your kids will have hours of entertainment! The best part that the whole set cost me under $5!!

In the winning tutorial, you will not only get directions on how to make them yourself, but you will get a download to the alphabet that I created by hand!! That way you can print them out at home or take them to your local copy store and make them yourself. Your kids will love them and maybe you'll get a few minutes of free time while they spell away!

Craft #3 - 'Heart Felt' Button Covers

We take holidays pretty seriously around this house. I love dressing my children for the occasion but have found throughout the years that holiday apparel can not only be pricey but not always very cute. I decided to try something a little bit different for this Valentine's Day and made a holiday accessory that can be added to the clothing that you already have. The hearts are made of felt and embroidery thread, with a hole cut into the middle. Simply slip the felt heart over a button and, voile! Ready to go!

These are perfect for little ones as well as older children. You can apply this idea to any color variation or shapes that you can imagine. The possibilities are endless... I am seeing little Pine trees for Christmas, Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day , even multi-colored eggs for Easter. What fun!

Why have the fun stop there? Add a few hearts to the laces of your favorite shoes too...

A perfect pairing!

Craft #4 - Springtime Skirt

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring! I'm itching to trade in my pants and sweaters for fresh, flirty skirts. ButI need to be a little more budget conscious this spring, and that's where the springtime skirt comes in. Can you believe that it cost less than $5 to make?

pillowcase skirt
The secret is that it's made from two thrift-store pillowcases! I've seen tutorials that tell you how to turn a single pillowcase into a skirt, but they're always too slender for my hips. My solution was to piece together two pillowcases so that I had a skirt that fit both me and my budget.

pillowcase skirt
I think it's going to be perfect for picnics in the park. I can't wait!

pillowcase skirt

Craft #5 - Suit Jacket Clutch

This week I made a fabulous clutch from a $4 suit jacket that I got at a thrift store. I love that it is masculine, but yet feminine and very stylish. With so many different types of suit jackets out there, you can create tons of different one-of-a-kind clutches. And with this simple design, this clutch is a great project for beginning sewers as well as advanced sewers.

The coolest part is I was able to reuse different elements of the suit jacket to make this clutch. For the bottom of the clutch, I cut off a cuff and sewed it in place to give the bottom structure instead of using a plastic insert. The cuff worked perfectly! And for the lining, I used the coat's silk lining for a smooth interior. I even used the naturally distressed buttons for an awesome accent.

Because I was able to reuse different parts of the jacket, the only other supply I needed was a magnetic snap, which after a coupon, was under $1.

This is my $4 beauty that got transformed.

Now the question is, where's your man's suit jacket? right ;)

Craft #6 - Clip What you Love

This project is easy peasy and costs less than $5!
You simply clip what you love to the base that looks like this:

I clipped a picture of my cutie's bum at the beach because it always makes me smile!

You could also clip your daily "to do list" or a sweet note.

This simple project would make a fantastic teacher or hostess gift! I leave mine on my desk for a splash of girly fun.

Craft #7 - On The Go Book

Looking for something to keep your kids happy while on the go? Something you can pack along when you're out shopping, at a restaurant, waiting at the doctors office or even driving in the car? I was. I was tired of handing over my iphone every time I needed entertainment on the go. I needed something fun and entertaining yet inexpensive and compact.

This personalized
On The Go Book will grab any kids attention.

Made of inexpensive felt, this book is just the right size to go in mom's bag.

It comes with three activities:

My kids love it, especially because they saw mom making making it just for them.

Craft #8 - Lovebirds' Bookhouse

Librarians, turn your heads! For my "Under $5" project I deconstructed a book to make a whimsical lovebird bookhouse... err, birdhouse.

But since lovebirds are happier in pairs, I splurged to make a companion birdhouse and hung them both above my favorite reading chair. These little lovebirds make the space so whimsical and inviting! Can't you see these hanging in a child's bedroom, playroom or in a sunroom? Make a set without the ribbon and these would be adorable bookends! I also love how the book pages came together in little hearts, very fitting for our lovebird pair!

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Craft #9 - Huggies Clutch

Under $5.00 huh? I decided to grab a Huggie's wipes case ($1.30), 2 pieces of felt ($0.40), 1/4 yard fabric ($1.00), 24 sheets of paper ($0.20), a magnet ($0.70), and some hot glue sticks ($0.40) and create a fabulous organizer/day planner/clutch.

As women on the go we are constantly checking our calendars, making to do lists, and unfortunately forgetting our keys. I wanted one fashionable item to help me out without feeling like I am carrying around my home, missing my appointments, and losing my brain along the way. So here you have it...

A Wipes Case Clutch.
Simply grab it and go. Slip it into your purse. Or hide it away in your glove box. However you roll, you won't want to live another day without it!

Tucked away safely inside is a pen, a tear off calendar, a tear off to do list, your spare key (or gym key, or mailbox key, etc...) some emergency cash, and your business/credit/gift cards.

The winning tutorial will include directions on how to make the fabulous Wipes Case Clutch from start to finish, a pdf template for both the tear off calendar and Things I Need To Do pads, and the directions on how to make a tear off pad.

All that for $4.00. So slip that leftover $1.00 bill into your emergency cash holder, grab your clutch, and you're good to go.


Voting runs to Friday night so make your vote now. The poll is at the top of the right side bar (just in case you missed it). And remember to check out the viewer crafts! There's some great stuff over there!


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I LOVE this blog! I can't get enough f it.

April J. said...

These are all so fabulous, what a hard week to choose!

me said...

I absolutely LOVE the Lovebirds Bookhouse. How do I get the instructions because it would look perfect in my livingroom. Thanks.

Jennifer Burgett said...

Wow - this week has so many great crafts!!! Too many great ones to pick just one.

Kellys said...

I totally want to make #6 as a gift...hope a tutorial gets posted!!!

leelea said...

I love #9 the huggies clutch!!!! I need one!!!

Teri said...

You ladies rock my socks! These are all fantastic!! But, after careful consideration...I think I want the men's jacket clutch purse tutorial! Thanks ladies for all of this eye candy!! :)

Molly @ thecreativemaven said...

Ugh... it's SO HARD to choose.

coribeans said...

That food cozy would be so handy! Hope you post the tutorial for it.

LMcBurney said...

Fabulous! I, too, would love tutorials. I especially on Lovebirds' Bookhouse. Very whimsical and fun!

Suzie "Q" said...

The suit jacket clutch is SO original and suber fab, hope we get the tutorial;)

Swati said...

This was one contest where no one should have been kicked out!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the award! We love checking out your blog!

Juliagullia said...

I heart the clutch!!! All the projects are ahhhhmazing but a tutorial for the clutch would get me to RUN to my nearest thrift shop to buy a suit coat and whip out my machine. Whatever you choose, I'll be making it!

erinmalia said...

You totally inspired me to make my own casserole holder. I had totally forgotten about my mom's until I saw your post. Thanks! (See mine here: http://ohthehubanity.blogspot.com/2010/03/made-by-e-out-of-ashes-comes-phoenix.html)

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