DIY Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are almost always an afterthought for us, which is why, aside from some of the little toys knits I mentioned the other day, I really only started thinking about them yesterday. I made a quick stop at the store and gathered up some candy and a few trinkets from the dollar section. I was reminded by the fellow behind the counter just how exciting the stocking is to the little ones as he recounted his own memories of finding his filled stocking on Christmas morning. It’s funny the places we find perspective sometimes isn’t it?

I was happy he was so open with me because I really did need  a reminder about how special the little things are. Certainly special enough to put a few moments of thought and care into.

And so, here are some simple gift ideas, on the small-ish side, that can easily be made before Christmas.

Felt superhero masks from Cutesy Crafts (free templates)

Felt animal masks from Petit Poulou (free templates)

Shape Sticks with free printables from Tried and True

“Candy” coin rolls from Martha Stewart

Personalized key chains (for the older kiddos) from Little Lovelies

Monster page corner bookmarks from Tally’s Treasury

Wooden slingshot from Made by Joel


Felt finger puppets pattern from Ginger and George available to purchase here

How to Make a Felt Bat Bow


you need:

bat bow supplies


: Cut pattern pieces from felt, and cut a 1/4″ by  1 1/4″ strip of felt :
bat bow step 1


: make a bow with the top piece, position the “ears” on the edge :
bat bow step 2


: position wings behind bow and use a needle and thread to tack into place :
bat bow step 3


  : tighten the center of both pieces and wrap thread around a few times to hold :
 bat bow step 4


: wrap strip of felt around center, keeping edges in the back :bat bow step 5


: make sure the strip is wrapped nice and tight :

bat bow step 7

: cut off any excess felt from the strip and stitch down :

bat bow step 8

: use the same thread to wrap around a hair tie :

bat bow step 9

bat bow hair tie

: or hot glue the bow to a head band :
bat bow headband

The bow was  inspired by this pin.  Please have fun making these for yourself or someone you know, and if you have any questions just ask!

Dress-Up Tutorials for Labor Day

I usually only think of Labor Day as one of the bookends of summer. It’s not a day that garners as much attention as more popular holidays, but there is still fun to be had aside from barbeques and final trips to the beach! Try using the day as a chance to celebrate different occupations!  Here are 5 fun options for dress-up clothes along with tutorials to show you how to make them yourself!

Construction Worker Tutorial

This construction worker’s vest is super-easy to put together. Pair it with a plastic construction hat and your little one is set! Go see Subtle-tee for the details on how to make it.

Chef’s Hat Tutorial

Check out the how-to for these adorable chef’s hats at Skip to my Lou! Once you’ve got the hats made, go ahead and bring your little one into the kitchen with you to whip up a simple recipe. :)


Firefighter Dress-Up Tutorial

Feeding my Kid shows how she used a woman’s button-up shirt to make this firefighter’s jacket for her son.


Nurse Dress-up Tutorial

Check out these awesome nurse’s outfits from Ikat Bag. She offers the pattern for the cap on her blog and has photos of the front and back of the apron for those who’d like to have a go at making their own.

Postal Carrier Bag Tutorial

My girls love to pretend to deliver hand-written notes or special “packages” to various “mailboxes” throughout the house. I know they would love to have a mail bag like a real mail carrier! Go to Create Studio for the tutorial!


Felt Playscapes Inspiration


This Little Project has been making the most darling playscapes based on some of the familiar surroundings of her family. They look great and what a perfect way to look back at recent events with your children and discuss them in more detail! Fabulous idea! Currently, she has created scenes for the park, the library, the post office, and the pool!