• How to Sew Lined Stockings
    Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    How to Sew a Lined Christmas Stocking – with free pattern!

    In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to sew a lined Christmas stocking.  I’ve created a free pattern that you can download to make it easier to follow along, but it’s easy enough to make your own pattern as well. Before we get started, let me tell you a little story.  For Christmas 2019, I planned on making my family a set of matching Christmas stockings with our names embroidered on the cuff.   I wanted to make stockings for me, my husband, our son, and even our unborn baby – really planning ahead so that I don’t procrastinate on the fourth stocking and so that all four stockings would exactly…

  • Recipes,  Tutorials

    Candy Cane Cookies and Chocolate Snow-Top Cookies

    One of my favourite aspects of Christmas time is partaking in holiday cookies. I love to bake cookies for my friends and coworkers. This year I’m participating in a virtual cookie exchange with a few other craft bloggers, and for the exchange, I’ll be sharing not one, but two cookie recipes! These cookies are both delicious and pretty to present on a plate to your cookie exchange recipients. One recipe is for Candy Cane Cookies, and the other is for Chocolate Snow-Top Cookies. The candy cane cookies are more labour intensive but are very fun to make.  The snowy cookies require some resting time for your dough, the perfect amount of…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Free Motion Quilted Reindeer Pinwheel Quilt

    I recently shared my first full motion quilting project, a mini table top quilt that I made to test out my limited FMQ skills.  I jumped into a larger project, this pinwheel reindeer quilt for Christmas 2015. This project took a little longer than expected, so instead of finishing it for Christmas 2015, I finished it for January 5, 2016.  Oops.  Better late than never! The quilt itself is very simple.  I used two fabrics, a tan reindeer print with a green solid background paired with the same reindeer print in reverse.   Since both fabrics are busy prints and the prints do not contrast each other, the pinwheels are not instantly…

  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Christmas Star Table Runner (with printable pattern)

    It’s almost Christmas in July!  Today I’m sharing this quick table runner I made last Christmas.  You’ll have plenty of time to whip one up as a gift before the season hits. This project was inspired by this sweet mitten, ice skate, and Christmas wreathe print.  I love Christmas, but I’m not very into the traditional red and green colour combination.  I love this print because the green is toned down to a pale hue.  I also found this adorable white-on-green snowflake print online that matched perfectly. The finished measurement is 12.5″ x 36.5″.  You can make this longer by creating additional blocks; adjust the materials accordingly. Supplies Focal fabric: 4…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    How to Make a D20 Icosahedron Ornament

    What do you call a 3D shape that has twenty sides? If you said an icosahedron, you’re right! From my geeky history, a D20 dice comes to mind more than the technical term. To make this ornament out of paper, you can follow the related tutorial for a 3D Christmas ornament.   The concept is the same: take 20 circles and fold the edges to form equilateral triangles, attaching them edge to edge in order to build the twenty sided shape. The difference between these two processes is that instead of attaching them together with the edges towards the outside, the edges are folded into the inside. First, make sure…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Scrapbook Paper 3D Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

    This weekend was our first major snowstorm of the season, and being stuck inside gave me motivation to work on my Christmas tree.   Other than the tree skirt, I realized there was nothing homemade on my tree!  Time to get crafty and make some ornaments out of scrapbook paper: Supplies You’ll Need Round paper punch Three sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper Scissors Double-sided tape Ribbon Punch out 20 circles from scrapbook paper. I layered the three sheets and punched them at once to triple my productivity. Punch out one extra circle and cut out an equilateral triangle from it, as large of a triangle as can fit in the circle. …

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Framed Prints on Clips Swappable Art

    For almost two years, I’ve had a small amount of this grey-blue drapery fabric leftover from my craft room’s curtains.  The fabric is very sturdy due to a heavyweight blackout lining. While cleaning out my soon-to-be mother-in-law’s basement, I found these two frames that were destined for the trash heap.  I immediately thought of this fabric and knew I could work with them to create an artwork display for interchangeable prints. The best part?  Everything in this project came from my stash, so there was no immediate cost.  Bonus! Supplies wooden frames (recycled) fabric (leftover from old projects) drapery clips ($1 on clearance at Fabricland) small-sized prints thumbtacks ruler (optional)…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Quick and Easy 8-Piece Christmas Tree Skirt

    Last year, I only threw some excess fabric I had around the base of my Christmas tree as a makeshift tree skirt, but this year, I wanted to be a little more deliberate. This tutorial will show you how to make a round tree skirt using curved triangular pieces. My supply list is a little vague because measurements and fabric amounts will depend on the size you make. Once you make the paper template following my directions, you will be able to figure out how much material you’ll need. Supplies large scrap paper (newsprint will do) a pen a stick of some kind (could be a pen, a paintbrush, a…