So when I received a wedding invitation from just such a cousin I was both thrilled and a bit stressed. I knew we would not be able to attend the wedding (it being on the other side of the country) but I did want to send a gift to celebrate a wonderful milestone. But what can you gift someone for a wedding whom you really do not know, and on my tight budget?
My dear auntie, who does happen to live very close by me, is going to the wedding. So I get a win that I could send my gift with her and get around postage costs. But I had to be considerate- the gift could not be heavy or bulky or take up much room in her suitcase.
So I thought on the gift for a long time. Finally I remembered a set of pillowcases that my parents have in their home. One of my mom's sisters had made the pillowcases for my mom and dad as a wedding gift almost 36 years ago. Those pillowcases are still used, loved and cherished today. That felt like a good fit for this wedding too.
Down I went to the fabric store and bought two meters of white cotton broadcloth. After my membership discount the total fabric cost was only $6. Then, using this tutorial I made up a set of pillowcases. Yes, I needed a tutorial - I had never made pillowcases myself. But let me just say, gentle readers, after making them I will never buy pillowcases again. These are super simple to make, come out looking beautiful and professional and decent cotton ready made pillowcases (with a pretty trim) can cost upwards of $50!
|My finished pillowcases using the linked tutorial.|
I totally did take photos of the faux screen printing method I used for the pillowcases with the freezer paper and fabric paint. However, my camera is playing a trick on me and making the photos I took impossible to find. So please go this link from when I did a new-baby-gift for my nephew to see the method.
When it was all done, this was my result and I was pretty darn pleased with it.
|"Screen printed" pillowcases|
|Love these kids!|
Taa daa!! Adorable, whimsical wedding gift for under $10! Happy Thursday, gentle readers and have a beautiful, joyful wedding cousin of mine!