I got to go shopping at IKEA all by myself a couple weeks ago! Our IKEA is about an hour away from my house, so I don’t get to visit it as often as I’d like. I was in a hurry, but it was still great to get to go all by myself (parents of toddlers, you know what I mean!). I took a few quick pictures of some things I found there. [subscribe to video]

Crocheted Appliques: about $5

There are five to a package, so that makes these crocheted motifs about $1 each. They are good for all kinds of embellishment, from clothing, to tote bags, pillows, and more. What would you do with these?

4 spools of thread: $3

You can get a pack of neutrals (white, cream, and black) or brights (navy, red, yellow, green). Great price!

Pair of curtain sheers: $7

Good price for a pair of curtain sheers that you can us for all kinds of different things (including just using them on your windows — mindblowing, I know!)

Throw Pillows: $4

This is just about the best price you can find on throw pillows. Use them as is (they come in green, red, black, and maybe one or two other colors) or sew custom pillow covers for them. Decorator pillows usually cost about $20 and up, pillow inserts cost about $8 at Joann’s.

Rugs: $40

I love these colorful 5×7 rugs! For only $40, they bring a lot of color and fun to a room. Perfect for a kid bedroom, or any area where you want some modern color.

Hear about what I bought (and see my cute baby, and hear my cute 2 year-old) in this video, or read on to see photos of what I bought.

Cupcake liners: $.99

These are the same cupcake liners used in the Cupcake Light Garland that we all loved a couple months ago.

Silicone Heart Mold: $2

Silicone Molds are great for so many projects!

Upholstery-weight fabric: $5/yd

I like the scandinavian print on this fabric, and even though I have a policy against buying fabric (I have too much of it!), I got a yard of this. You could use it to upholster chairs, sew tote bags, staple onto a frame to make wall art, make a backpack, or sew just about anything.

As Is Frame: $3

This frame is covered with fabric, and cost just $3 in the As Is section. There’s nothing wrong with it — it was just used on the display floor. When you go to IKEA, be sure to check out the As Is section for great deals on furniture and other random pieces.

Gift Wrap: Assorted prices, from $2

I love the navy, red, and white color scheme IKEA has going on in its Christmas section this year, and they have good quality gift wrap. I hate to say this, but I don’t usually get wrapping paper at the dollar store because it’s too flimsy to do a good job wrapping medium and large gifts. Bonus: this gift wrap isn’t holiday specific, so you can use it year-round without looking like a skinflint!

Dala Horse Pan: $9

I think it was $9. I splurged on this pan (with a large and small pan) because I love Swedish Dala Horses, and I’m kind of a sucker for anything cookie cutter-y or cutely shaped. Pam at Gingerbread Snowflakes has a very fun Scandinavian Holiday and Craft round up on her site right now, including some great Dala Horse Crafts.

Large Reusable Shopping Bag: $.59

IKEA doesn’t have free plastic shopping bags anymore, but it’s all right because for just $.59 they sell you these huge reusable shopping bags. I LOVE these things! I use them for everything from bringing tons of groceries home, to diaper bags/suitcases for overnight trips with my three sons, to whisking away toys when I’m straightening up the house. If you don’t have any of these in your life, you should get some!

Other Resources:

Check out IKEA Hacker — kind of like a Dollar Store Crafts for IKEA stuff