Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A Gift a Day Gift Thirteen (and Fourteen): The Quilts
One of the big "special" gifts I wanted to make my kids this year was a quilt for each of them. See, I made a quilt for my son last year, but it was the first really "big" quilt I'd ever made and it is kind of an odd size (cute though). So, I wanted to do these quilts right. I made both quilts twin sized, although I made my daughter a "tall" twin sized as I had the material, the batting and the quilt binding to pull it off, so why not?
For materials I used sheets. Yes, sheets. I buy three per quilt in whatever size I want to make the quilt in (and actually in the case of these quilts I'd end up with a full sized quilt in one pattern I liked and twin in another. It worked out fine). I just look for sheets that are in nice shape and in cool patterns and buy them for 1.00 to 2.00 a piece at the used stores.
For Armina's quilt I used a really pretty butterfly sheet I found for 1.50 at one of the used stores that was queen sized and a pink sheet I found for free at C&D (the dump used to let you go through things people didn't want and pick up stuff) years ago. For the backing I used a tan sheet I bought for 2.00 at the used store as well.
The batting for both quilts I'd bought new. Armina's quilt has all natural cotton batting that I bought on a super online sale at Jo-Ann fabric last year. It cost 14.00 for a full sized batting, so I had that to use for hers. Alvah's I used a medium loft hypo allergenic batting I got at JoAnn's on some sale (it was like 11.00 for a twin size).
So, all totaled, each quilt cost me about 20.00 for the materials I used, although a lot of it I got over time, so I didn't have to pay it all out of pocket at once. For the out of pocket expense for the actual PROJECT I spent about 13.00 total for both quilts.
I got thread for the actual quilting of the quilts so it'd at least somewhat match the fabric and the quilt binding...I got on sale on Joann's website on a super sale for like 1.00 and some change per package last year (same sale as the cotton batting), although I did get the last package of my son's quilt binding at the brick and mortar store for 50% off on their Black Friday sale (since it wasn't on sale I used a coupon on it) because they'd only had two available for purchase online during the sale I got all the other quilt binding on.
Total Time to Complete Project: Boy, I'd say 14 to 18 hours per quilt. Which, really, when you consider cutting and such, isn't that bad. Quilt basting spray, by the way, was invented by a genius. Just saying.
Total Cost Per Project: About 20.00 per quilt, batting and thread the main purchases.