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

Free Knitting Patterns in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving

As much as I enjoy sewing, I find knitting to be far more convenient. I can pull out my needles anytime I have a few spare minutes and with knitting I don’t have to worry about taking over my dining room table every time I want to make something. Here are a few knitting projects I’ve pulled together for some Christmas gifting inspiration. Many of these are perfect for beginners and can be completed in an afternoon….and they’re free (except for the bowling pattern which is sitting pretty close to free at $1 for the pattern)!

Happy Knitting!

Toys and Dolls to Knit

Bear ornaments


Hacky sack

Striped stockinette snake
Ice cream cones

Toy boats
Aisling the Elf
Monster softies
Bowling set
Owlie soap sack
Baby gnomes
Frog bath puppet
Dinosaur Softie
Crayon Caddy
Maggie Bean and Friends (22″ doll) from Petite Purls
Monster softies

Wearables to Knit

Little Stay On Slippers
Kindergarten Kit: hat, neck-warmer, mittens
Fox mittens
Fish Hats from Knitty
Chapstick necklace
Yo Gabba Gabba mittens
Snowman Snowball Toddler Scarf

I made some hacky sacks a few days ago and plan on making some baby gnomes for stocking stuffers!  And, if I can swing it, I’d love to make the little bear ornaments and add the kids’ names onto them.

P.S. Some of the patterns require you to open a free account in order to access them…just giving you a head’s up!


Homemade Spaghettios, DIY Painted Boots, and Some Fabulous Sewing Tutorials

Happy Friday, friends!  Here are a few posts from my Reader that caught my eye this week. Enjoy!




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Crafty Halloween Links

trick or treat pillowcase armommy

Armommy brings out the pillowcases for some old-school Halloween trick-or-treating and shares a free template!

cats and ghosts from cakiesMy Cakies shows how to dress up some Christmas lights for Halloween (I love the spooky eyes!).


cone girls mr. printableHave some fun with these Halloween Cone Girls from Mr. Printables (via How About Orange)


jack o lantern pinata blissfully domesticTonya Staab shows step-by-step how to make this festive jack-o’-lantern at Blissfully Domestic.


kid zombie silhouettes

These zombie silhouettes from Crafts Unleashed are super-spooky! (via Crafterhours)


spider game

My kids would have so much fun with this DIY spider racing game from Llevos el Inviernos.

Chicken Parm Meatballs, DIY Play Washing Machine, and More!

Sharing a few weeks worth of noteworthy links for you to check out!*

chicken-parm-meatballs from DALS

craftster toddler washing machine

crystal light craftaholics anonymous

granny squares from dream a little bigger


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