Christmas Ornaments: Pom-Poms, Beads and Popsicle Sticks

The days may be becoming increasingly shorter, but being stuck in the house all day with three young kids can sometimes make each day seem incredibly long. Am I right? Making Christmas ornaments has quickly become our favorite go-to activity on these cold and dreary December afternoons.   Keep reading!

Handmade Christmas Stockings

Our mantle looked pretty sad after the Christmas decorations had been put up. The husband and I had stockings to hang but there were none for the kiddies. Even though my sewing skills are non existent, I thought it would be a fun to make Christmas stockings. And besides, I needed a craft to keep me busy during the evenings while my husband was away during the month of December. After spending a great deal of time perusing Pinterest, I came across this very helpful tutorial on Cluck Cluck Sew.

Her tutorial made the project oh so simple even for someone as inept as I am at sewing. I did make a few minor changes from the steps laid out in the tutorial. I bought more fabric than I needed for the project so I could make matching stockings for any future little ones that might come along. I also added a layer of batting between the outer fabric and lining. And finally, I didn’t quilt the fabric for the stockings. (Yikes. Maybe I’ll attempt something like that in the future.) To make them just a little bit extra special and sentimental, I used the kids’ baby blankets for the fabric to line their stockings. I thought it was a great way to make use of these blankets collecting dust in a box in the back of my son’s closet.

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For someone with no sewing skills, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

stocking 1

stocking 2

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 Cute, right? I’d love to have them embroidered in red with the kids’ names.