If you haven't been following along, this is our Fall Children's Clothing Series. We have a LOT going on.
1st: Linky Party!!! Link up any and all of your children's fall wardrobe. Can be homemade, thrifted, upcycled, whatever. Give us inspiration for our kids wardrobes.
2nd: Get organized by using our Fall Clothing Organizing Printable for FREE!!
3rd: Clothing you have missed:
Today I am going to share with you my budget and how I figured out my budget. As a reminder, I wanted to make at least 50% of my children's wardrobe. I have a 3 year old boy and an 8 month old girl. My 3 year old has many hand-me downs from cousins and friends, my 8 month old had almost nothing. For my 8 month old, I decided to go "larger" and most of her clothes are 12 months so they can grow with her through the winter.
So to start, I used the Clothing Organizing Printable. This helped me to organize what I needed. I also set an amount.
3 Year Old: $50.00
8 Month Old: $70.00
I know that might seem high, but remember this is fall, I have to invest in coats and jackets and JEANS! These things are not cheap!
I started by writing down what I thought they needed for the winter. My sons list was much shorter then my daughters. Mostly, because I knew he had several items that my daughter didn't.
Next, I decided what I was going to make and what we already had and wrote this down. Deciding what patterns to use.
Finally, as I shopped, I tried to find deals and use coupons for the fabric. I also upcycled quite a bit using clothing of my husband and mine.
Now, for the tricky part. I often used the same fabrics for multiple garments. For example, this green chevron fabric. Used it for 3 different garments.
I would take the amount of for the fabric and divided 3 ways.
$6.20/3 = $2.07
I would then add this amount to what it cost for the rest of the fabric.
When All Is Said and Done
7 Pairs of Pants/Leggings
5 Pairs of Pants/Leggings
Total of 64 items of clothing.
3 Year Old: $68.43
8 Month Old: $75.02
$143.45/39 = $3.68 per item made
I don't know about you, but I can't find PJ's for $3.68, can you?
Looking at it now, it looks like a TON of clothes! But remember, this is going to last them through the fall and into the winter. And midwinter the baby will change sizes and so will my 3 year old. So I think I did a pretty good job considering I have about 6 months worth of clothes for my kids all ready to go!