Tons Of Tutorials – Make Your Own Christmas Stockings

It’s the last day of November, so Christmas crafting is either in full force or completely done for each of us and I’m sure someone out there needs to whip up a stocking or two to deck their halls with.

If, by chance, you don’t have a need for some stockings then head over to Purple Panda Quilts because Lyanna (I KNOW, how amazing that she’s got the same name as me!) does an annual stocking drive for foster children from October 1 to December 1. There are lots and lots of tutorials on her site as well.

Here is a compilation of TONS of different ways to create a stocking (quilting, sewing, crochet, and knit), from vintage-y to modern styles.

All but one pattern is FREE!

Each link takes you to the pattern for stocking, or if you want to be extra creative you can just use one of these as a template to create the shape you like and use whatever you have/want.

Quilted:

Scrap Stocking @ Maggie Makes

Christmas Stocking @ Stamp*Stitch*Create (bought pattern)

His and Her Scrappy Christmas Stocking @ Moda Bakeshop

Sewn:

Recycled Sweater Stocking @ The Long Thread

Rick Rack Stocking @ Martha Stewart

Jingle Bell Stockings @ Martha Stewart

Recycled Wool Stocking from Scraps @ Resweater

Knitted:

Zig Zag Stocking by Vicki Howell @ knitting.about.com

Personalized Knitted Christmas Stockings @ Canadian Living

“Basic Sock” Christmas Stocking @ Pickin’ and Throwin’
Both Crochet & Knit Patterns @ Berroco.com

Crocheted: 

Waiting for Santa Stocking @ Red Heart

Holly & Berry Stockings @ Red Heart

Free Christmas Stocking Pattern By HolyJeans30

Happy Crafting!

The Fifth, and Final

Today I had my first appointment, and it’s official (even got pictures to prove it) : I’m pregnant!

(sorry it’s very fuzzy, it’s a picture of a picture)

{I know, you guys totally wanted to see my insides. funny funny.}

I sure hope so, with all the morning sickness I’ve been having. Never have I been this sick! I’ve been hoping that the doctor tells me there is only one baby, and there is only one! (twins are in my family)

Every pregnancy is different to an extent, however, the emotions and nausea with this one are crazy. Of course I am very happy and blessed to have another baby, but this one is proving to be much more challenging than the others (at least for now).

I guess this explains, a little, why I’ve been such a bloggy slacker lately. I have however been cranking away on Pinterest, it’s just so addicting and almost mindless, lately that’s been quite nice.

Am I crazy to be having my 5th child, I think so. Crazy in love with my kids and the thought of having another! 

Thinking about some things I want to make during this pregnancy has been really fun. There are tons of really cute patterns out there for just about anything and everything baby!

Annabel’s Blanket

Baby Mary Jane Skimmers (if it’s a girl)
Helena Sweater (for my 2 yr old)

Organized To-Go Bags
Flat Front Pants
Re-purposed Baby Pants (can you imagine these in cute boy/unisex stripes??)
Baby Food Lid Game

There are even sites with clothes altering ideas for maternity wear, google it for even more.

DIY Maternity
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One thing that has been quite nice is all the nesting that is kicking in already. I haven’t been feeling well enough to really tackle what I want to, but the urge is there already! Must be something to do with how this is #5 and I know how quickly things will be over and another little one will be here to snuggle, love, clean up after, and adjust to. Just hoping I get it all done!

Tons of Tutorials – Make Your Own Easter Basket

*edited to add another tutorial, at the end*

I have been considering making Easter Baskets for my kids for a while, since we all know how much room traditional ones take up. We have regular baskets for ours, the wicker-type kind, and they are huge.

I wanted to be lazy and just use a pattern to make them instead of actually thinking and making my own. It happens…

So, what’s a girl to do?

Google ‘Fabric Easter Basket Tutorial’ of course!

Here’s what I found:

There’s so many to choose from!

Fabric Easter Basket Tutorial, Me and Madeline

Fabric Basket, Pink Penguin

Easter Basket, Distressed

Via Moda Bake Shop

How to Make a Fabric Basket, Dabbled.org

Easter Basket, jcarolinecreative

Woven Recycled Easter Basket, Resweater

Coiled-Rag Basket, DIYNetwork.com

Recycled Wool Easter Basket, Resweater