Well, now that this gift has been received, I can add one more Christmas craft.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions as a kid was the advent calendar that a family friend filled with presents each year. I’ve been thinking of various ideas of advent calendars to make for my nephew. I finally settled on mini-stockings! But how to make them? I was going to buy fabric and find stocking patterns, but then I found the perfect head start. This great fabric from Spoonflower – even the colors and patterns are exactly what I was planning on!

I cut out all the cute little stockings and sewed them up (turning them right side out was the hardest part, and quite a finger workout).

After some hunting, I settled on giant brown rickrack to string them on. Ta da, a super cute stocking, advent garland!

Since my nephew is only 1, it didn’t seem like the right time to fill the stocking with tiny ‘stuff’ so instead I found a little felt lion ornament that they can move down the garland each day until he gets to become an ornament on the tree on Christmas day!