I'm having trouble thinking of a meaningful but inexpensive Christmas gift for my siblings. I come from a large family and sadly can't afford to buy everyone a fancy present. Do you have any ideas?
One of Many
Dear One of Many,
One of ICDC's clever friends used old mens' shirts - his late father's, in fact - to make pillows for each member of his family. He paired patterns with complementary patterns and colors with complementary colors - like a purple herringbone with a blue and purple checked fabric and red and white stripes with blue and white stripes.
Not being a seamstress, he took the fabric to his local dry cleaner who sewed them together quickly and added a zipper. All he has to do is order pillow inserts and voila - a pillow!
The shirts would have otherwise gone to waste - and now he has a beautiful and sentimental pillow for each member of his family.
You could do the same with old fabric - like a child's blanket - or any piece of fabric like a scarf, a tie, an old suit, corduroy trousers, t-shirts, curtains or even a beautiful napkin.