homemade holidays: stocking stuffers for kids

There's still plenty of time to make homemade gifts for this Christmas.  Here are a few easy (and fast!) ideas for stocking stuffers:


Make a crayon roll using the tutorial over at Skip to My Lou.  It is a quick, easy project, and is the perfect size for a stocking.  I exchanged the tie closure for a button and ribbon (I've found ric rac or stretchy ribbon actually works best), which I think is a easier for the little people who can't tie things yet.

 
Make a ball (or two or three) using the free patterns at Grand Revival Designs (her free patterns are located in the right sidebar.  She also offers a free stocking pattern).  I like to add a jingle bell inside the stuffing of the balls I make - my one year old loves it.

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20 comments:

artsy_momma said...

Adorable! I think I might try making both of them :)

Jennifer said...

Great ideas, thanks for the links.

Devil Dog Momma said...

Cute! I adore the western fabric. Here is another tutorial I refer to sometimes: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/2008/04/crayon-roll-tutorial.html

Angel said...

Love the crayon roll. I'm going to try it! Both projects are great for using up leftover fabric, ribbons and buttons, which we all have LOTS of. Thanks ^_^

janadec9 said...

when i opened the grand revival designs link, there was no right sidebar, nor could i find free patterns, do you have anouther link? looks really cute!

Jill said...

the right sidebar is definitely there - maybe give it a second to load?

anna angela said...

The crayon roll can be a makeup brush roll too, just fyi. Haha. As always, your crafts are so cute!

Alisa said...

Your versions of these are so sweet. I've made many of those little balls for baby gifts and birthdays.

Anonymous said...

Love these ideas! Would love more if you have any!!

Karly@Coastal Plains Living said...

Hey Jill!! Love the crayon roll. Do you have a tutorial for the car caddy? I bought some fabric to make it, but can't figure it out on my own.

Thanks!

justenoughstyle@gmail.com said...

I love the idea of putting a bell inside of the ball. I am definately going to make TONS of these for my daugther. Thanks for sharing.
I love reading your blog and seeing what you are making. Thanks for the inspriation.

Katie said...

Thank you for these ideas! I love when I can see the exact same thing (like those crayon rolls) about ten million times and then somebody says "stocking stuffer" and suddenly I have a reason to make one! And I am totally going to try out some of those balls--perhaps with oilcloth! What fun! Thank you!

janette said...

thanks for the tutorial on the crayon caddy...so handy.
Also...wondering if you have a tutorial for your car caddy I saw over on "so you think you can craft". my son would be way into that. thanks!

Dawnell said...

Post your car caddy tutorial! P.S. I totally knew that was your craft on S.Y.T.Y.C. I love it and want to make a couple for gifts.

Ashley said...

yes....car caddy roll ;)

Katie said...

I made the ball! If you'd like to see pictures you can see my blog post here:

http://notesfromaveryredkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/oilcloth-ball-for-big-o.html

Again, thanks so much! :)

Jessica said...

Just downloaded the pattern for the ball. I am a beginning sewer. What size do i make the seams? I made the whole felt playhouse, and I can't figure out a little ball! LOL!

Kharissa said...

I was just wondering which size pattern you used to make your ball. The big, medium, or small? The one you made looks like the size I'm after, I just didn't want to chose the wrong pattern.

Jill said...

kharissa - I used the largest sized pattern.

clairebakescakes said...

HI,
I made this today and my kids loved it. I actually was just going to make one for my 4 year old but his sister who's 8 saw it and the she wanted one. So I made one for her as well. I will post it tomorrow in my blog :-)
Thanks for sharing.