I am Ashley and I blog over at Mommy by day Crafter by night. I love to craft while my kiddos are asleep at night. My blog is the place where I share all of my crafting adventures!
I am so excited to be here today!!
I absolutely love Kristyn! She has been kinda a blog mentor for me since I started blogging. She is the best. I was so happy that I got to meet her at SNAP this year so that we could finally hang out for real after all of our emails and text messages back and forth over the past year.
I have to say that my favorite holiday, by far, is Christmas. I LOVE IT! I can often be found listening to my favorite Christmas CD (White Christmas by Bing Crosby) in the middle of July… So it was totally fitting that I take part in this fun series that Kristyn put together!
(Go ahead… you know you want to push play and get into the Christmas spirit in the middle of July! 😉
When I was a teenager, my dad totally listened to Christmas music year round. I used to give him such a hard time- being a bratty teenager- and I would always tell him how lame it was that he was blaring White Christmas through the house in the middle of July. Secretly I totally loved it. I loved that he loved the song/cd so much to listen to it year round. Last time I went home to visit (in June) I walked into my parents bedroom and he had his old record player set up and he had the White Christmas album playing softly while he was working. It melts my heart. I love it. So… to carry on the tradition, I listen to the cd year round too. It helps me when I am feeling homesick and missing my dad/family and gets me feeling happy for the day.
Ok… now that you think I am a TOTAL weirdo- ha ha- I wanna share some of my favorite things about Christmas! 🙂
Kristyn asked me these fun questions about Christmas- so here are my answers:
1 – What is your favorite holiday and why?
Well… as you have probably already gathered- CHRISTMAS! I loved it so much. I am very religious so there is the obvious religious reasons that I love it, but on the other hand- I love it because of the spirit that is present through out people all over. Holiday cheer is so awesome. People are nicer, people seem happier, and I am 100% happier once there is a cozy Christmas tree to snuggle next to in my home. I put my tree up the first week of November every year… poor Thanksgiving doesn’t even stand a chance for decorations in my house. I just can’t help it. I want to savor ever single second of my Christmas tree.
So come November 1st, you will find one happy Ashley, listening to White Christmas, putting up my tree and reveling in Christmas cheer!
My favorite Christmas Tradition is probably a tradition that everyone has, but I have always loved that my family gives new jammies on Christmas Eve. As a little girl, I loved opening one present the night before Christmas. My mom always made sure to get something fancy for us that was really fun. One year when I was about 9 years old, I remember opening my jammies and finding a beautiful silky nightgown with a sheer robe that went over it. I felt like a princess wearing that around the house. ha ha It was a definitely a hit with my sisters and I that year. Now that I am a mommy, I love doing the same for my girls. I haven’t decided if I want to make some jammies for my kids this year or if I want to go for a fancy nightgown like I always loved receiving… I am watching for these Disney princess nightgowns to go on sale. They are like a dress up, but they are soft like jammies. Oh how my little gals would love these!
3 – What is your all-time favorite Christmas Movie?
Man… Choosing my favorite Christmas movie is a hard one. I would probably say Mr. Kruger’s Christmas. It is a movie that is made by my church, but the message is universal.
I watch it every year with my family and it makes me cry every time. I love watching it at the beginning of the Christmas season because it helps me to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
As for other favorite Christmas movies, I also love It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and White Christmas.
4 – What has been the best present you’ve ever received and why?
My very best Christmas present ever was a present that my dad made for me by hand. I had been married a couple years and on one Christmas after we were all done opening presents, my dad said that there was one more that he wanted to give me. He had me wait in the family room and he asked my brothers to help him with something. At this point I had no idea what he was going to give me. After a few minute, my mom lead me up the stairs with her hands covering my eyes. Once I was stopped at the top of the stairs, she removed her hands and standing in front of me was the most beautiful bookcase made out of my favorite wood- Cherry wood. Of course I immediately start bawling. I knew how long my dad must have worked on this for me. He is the best dad in the world. He wanted me to have a place to store my books.
To this day it is by far my favorite piece of furniture in my home and I will treasure it forever. He is amazing. I honestly think that I inherited a lot of my crafty skills from him. He looks at something made out of wood and walks into his workshop and makes it without any plans or directions… I like to do that same thing, but with fabric! 😉
5 – Why do you blog?
I started my blog a year ago so that I could have a place to share my ideas and share the things that I make. My blogging has turned into a passion. I have learned so many new things over this last year. I taught myself to sew, I started quilting, I learned to make printables, and I never thought I would actual create a tutorial and teach someone else how to do something, but now I have made lots! It is so fun!
Today I will be sharing with you a tutorial I did last year…
3-5 different fabrics for outside(if you have scraps leftover from other projects, this is the perfect time to use them since you don’t need much for each piece of the front side)
fabric for back piece and liner
4-6 inches of ribbon
(yardage for fabric and fusible fleece depend on how big your stocking are)
Step 1: Trace or freehand a stocking onto paper. (if you are tracing, be sure to add a little for seam allowances)
Step 2: Cut your stocking pattern into the design you would like. I cut 4 pieces, but you could do more or less pieces! It’s up to you 🙂
Step 3: Cut out your fabric (I used a different fabric for each of my 4 pieces) and then piece together your stocking by putting each piece right side together with the piece that it lines up with. After you are done piecing it together, press open the seams.
Step 5: Lay your stocking onto the fusible fleece and cut out a piece exactly the size of your stocking. (Make sure that when you do this step that you are laying the stocking on the correct side of the fleece so that the fusible side will fuse to the back side of the stocking) Iron the fusible fleece to the back side of the stocking.
Step 6: Now for the quilted part. I just sewed straight lines because I have never quilted anything before, but you could get really creative with this step if you are experienced or braver than I am!:) For mine, I just placed the needle as far to the left side as my machine would allow and then just lined up the right side of my presser foot to the line I previously sewed. Super easy and since it is such a small piece it isn’t too hard to get your lines straight! 🙂
Step 7: Trace the stocking onto a piece of paper to create a pattern for the back of the stocking and the liner pieces.
Step 8: Use the stocking pattern to cut out a piece of fabric for the back of the stocking as well as a piece of fusible fleece. (make sure when you do this step that you have the pattern flipped the right way so your pieces match up and you don’t create two fronts instead of a back) Iron the fusible fleece to the back piece. Once the fleece is ironed on, you can quilt the back piece if you would like. (I chose not to just because of time.)
Step 9: Use pattern and cut out the liner fabric. One front and one back.
Now- if you have ever made a zipper pouch, the rest of the tutorial pretty much follows how you would make a zipper pouch (minus the zipper of course)
Step 10: Take the front piece of the stocking and the front piece of the liner and put them right sides together and sew along the top of the stocking. When you open it up, it should look like this.
Step 11: Take your piece of ribbon (I used about 4 inches of grosgrain ribbon) and create a loop and sew along the bottom edge of the ribbon to secure it.
Step 12: Take your back piece of the stocking and the back piece of the liner and put them right sides together, but pin your ribbon loop face down on the liner piece in the corner. (make sure to pin it on the side of the stocking that has the heel on it- not the toe side) Sew along the top edge of the stocking.
When you open it up it should look like this.
Step 13: Pin your front and back piece of the stockings opened up right side together. (quilted pieces together right sides together and then liner pieces right sides together.) Sew all the way around the stocking but leave an opening big enough to fit your hand in on the side of the liner pieces. (This will be used to turn the stocking right side out.)
Step 14: Once you have sewn all the way around (except your side opening) turn the stocking right side out and then stitch the side opening closed by tucking the raw edges in and stitching as close to the edge as you can. Then tuck your liner down into the stocking.
That’s it! You are done! Ready to hang your homemade quilted stocking over the fireplace- or in a tree if you want a cool picture:)
I love the craft blog world and I am so happy to have a small place of my own in it! 🙂
Thanks so much for letting me come by and go down Christmas memory lane with ya!
My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!