A Giving Christmas with Stitched By Crystal

Hi there! I am Crystal, you can usually find me over at Stitched by Crystal, but I am thrilled to be here today joining in on the A Giving Christmas series and sharing a fun craft your kids can make and give! 
In our family, we give a lot of Christmas ornaments.  Everyone in the family gets a new ornament to add to the tree each year.  So I thought it would be fun to have my kids get in the giving spirit by making ornaments to give to others.  My kids are young, 2 and 4, so I needed something toddler friendly, something without a lot of cutting and sewing involved.  These little sock snowmen certainly fit the bill! And they were fun to make together, they are so easy even my youngest could join in!
We started our crafting by raiding my kids sock drawers for any unmatched or outgrown socks.  We ended up with a pretty big selection! We had mostly 6-12 and 12-24 month size socks, any size will work for this craft, but the little ones make really great size ornaments.  Next, we hit up my craft supplies for some tiny pom poms, stuffing, fabric scraps, and craft glue.  Then we grabbed a few of the tiny rubber bands I use to style my daughters hair and we were ready to build some snowmen!
So just to recap, to make a snowman ornament, you need:
  • Some mismatched socks, one white one and one of whatever you have on hand to make a hat.
  • Tiny pom poms… two for eyes, one for a nose, and a few for buttons.
  • Fabric scrap for a scarf, we used a 1” x 9” strip of fleece.
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Craft glue
  • Four small rubber bands
Start by cutting off the top of the sock. With the sock inside out, wrap a rubber band around the cut end of the sock.  My little ones needed some help with this step, but older kids should be able to do all of this on their own.  Then turn the sock right side out and stuff it a little more than halfway.  Add your second rubber band and then stuff some more.  Then add another rubber band to close the top.
The stuffing was my kids favorite part!
To make the hat, cut a few inches off the top of your other sock.  With the sock inside out, wrap a rubber band around the cut end.  Then turn the hat right side out and stick it on the snowman’s head.  Use your craft glue to glue the hat to the snowman’s head around the bottom to secure it. 
Wrap the scarf around the snowman’s neck to hide the rubber band and glue on his eyes, nose, and buttons.
Stick a hook through the top of his hat and he is ready for giving or hanging!
My kids and I had so much fun crafting together! Thanks so much Karly, for hosting this great series and for having me here today!   I hope you enjoyed our little sock snowmen, swing by my blog sometime and say hi! 


A Giving Christmas with Rebel & Malice

Today Rebel & Malice are on tour with a lovely way to teach kids about giving. 
I love how it also keeps toys being recycled!! 


A Giving Christmas with Handmade Boy

Hi everybody! I'm Kelly from Handmade Boy and I'm here to share how my daughters and I made quick and EASY scarves for their friends this Christmas.

And I admit, they kept a couple for themselves, also. Hey, when they are this easy, why not make one for yourself?! You'll have extra yarn anyway.


A Giving Christmas with Call Ajaire

Today you can head over to Call Ajaire to get the recipe for some fun bird feeders and hear how it turns out..........


A Giving Christmas with Scientific Seamstress

Today Jeanine from Scientific Seamstress is sharing this adorable Bear Plush toy pattern.
I adore Jeanine and Carla and if you are needing more persuasion to love them as much as I do, then you should follow this along with checking out the bear.
You know you'll love it!


A Giving Christmas with Amanda Rose

Hi everyone I'm Amanda from AmandaRose I'm so excited to be here today to show you a fun super easy and very fast giving gift. A Giving Christmas should be every year and be like a week long just so you can give to as many people as possible and hope you touched at least one soul :o). Today I'm going to show you all a cute little heart that can be made up so many different ways. This one I sewed on the sewing machine but I have a couple cut out that me and my girls (7 & 5) will be hand sewing with children's needles (or knit needles). This is such an easy fast sew you could whip out a handful in a day and a heart means so much that it's a great little gift for everyone, all ages all genders so I hope you enjoy!

Fleece Heart Toy Tutorial.....


A Giving Christmas with Phat Quarters

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You are going to LOVE what Gemia from Phat Quarters is sharing today! 


Paisley's Birthday

Time has been going by far too fast and I can't believe this little chicka-roo is 5 years old already. 
Paisley is very sweet and loving but do not be fooled by the sweet little face. She acts very shy, but once she's comfortable with you, she is a wild-child.


All Spice Tour: Day 5

I can't believe we are on our last day of the tour! 

First up for today we have Becca from Becca DuVall Photography. Becca is so funny and sweet and I adore her photography. I am totally jealous of her posing skills. I look like an absolute nerd when I try to pose, but Becca pulls it off so gracefully. Yeah. Totally jealous. I just adore the All Spice she made. Check out her blog to read more!

Then very last on my tour we have Irene from Froo & Boo. I am in love with Irene's style. Her execution is impeccable and I would have my kids wear every single garment she makes. I am so glad she said yes to being on my tour! I always enjoy seeing new posts from her and I love her holiday All Spice!