Budget Friendly DIY Monster Quilt!
Earlier this week I said that I was going to share with you some of my handmade gifts on a budget. WARNING – usually, quilting and budget friendly do not go hand in hand. Making your own quilt is often very expensive in addition to time consuming. This quilt was not =)
In fact, my quilting buddy Andrea and I made most of our Monster Squares together for a girls night in Saturday night which didn’t feel like a lot of time at all! She also let me raid her stash of great texture fabrics!!!
Using the kids clothing they have outgrown and shopping thrift stores for next textured and fun colored clothing is great for quilting on a budget (and eco-friendly). I can find hideous 25 cent clothes that would make great monsters!!!
To begin this project, I started with purchasing 1 yard of the adorable blue monster fabric and went through my own fabric stashes for the other square backgrounds to again, save on costs. Each square was cut 9″x9″.
Each monster was created by me and machine assembled! It was fun to make them with a friend, because we could share ideas. She loved my green monster with lots of legs and added a ton of legs to the one she was working on. I really liked her one-eyed monster and made one of my own!
I also found this quilt on the Internet and loved the way the guy on the rights feet hung down, so one of mine got feet that hung down too!
Each square features a different texture – but all are washable and soft for snuggling with!
My mom gave me a little less than a yard of yellow with white poke-a-dot fabric and I used this as the sashing so the quilt would be a little smaller than a twin, but bigger than a toddler quilt. I used every last millimeter and had to piece the outside edges (that’s what happens when your are trying to save money)
I didn’t take a picture of it, but the backing is an orange with white poke-a-dot fabric that I bought on Black Saturday for $1.99 a yard. They only had 1 and 3/4 yard of it left which matched the size of my quilt perfectly. I also buy the bigger Cotton batting (for Queen size) when they are 50% off and make 2 kids quilts with them.
All in all, my total cost for the project was…
Blue Monster Flannel Yard – $5
Orange Backing – $4
Thread – $2
Batting – $10
And now my 2 year old will have a hand-made present to unwrap on Christmas Day. I can’t wait!!!!!!!!