DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Remember those giant dolls? Well they aren’t pirates any more, I made them the cutest (and easiest) Elves Costumes!

Adorable Elf Dolls tutorial with free patterns

I apologize for the super long video. I’ve been sick and now the little one is sick so I didn’t have a chance to edit it down and I thought eep Christmas is SOOON I just need to share this. But I hope to come back and replace this FB LIVE replay with a bare bones tutorial version!

Speaking of FB live if you don’t already know I go live twice a week usually sharing some kind of sewing or crafting project and every once in a while cooking :) You can catch me on the Rae Gun Ramblings page Mondays at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 1 PM EST.

Supplies

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What to Do

  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

Boy Elf Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

How to make holly shoe bells. Cute DIY Christmas craft tutorial

Girl Elf Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you’re good to go.

Sew the cutest elf dolls and shoe jingle bells

20+ Neighbor and Teacher Gift Ideas and Block Party

There is one week until Christmas and it’s crunch time!  If you’re like me at all, you’re probably scrambling to figure out if your are going to do neighbor and teacher gifts.  Well if you are, here are 20+ ideas that will please anyone!
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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

I love a good Christmas cookie exchange but this time of year is so busy that I’m thankful for recipes like this Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies recipe.

Hands down our favorite cookies. Easy cake mix peanut butter cookie recipe so so good.

This recipe is crazy easy and the cookies are super yummy. These are perfect for those December weeks when you want fresh baked cookies but have one billion activities and responsibilities to take care of.

That said these would be super yummy any time of year. I made a batched today at the same time that I made dinner. They are as fast and easy as making a box of brownies but definitely with a little special touch

Perfect cookie for peanut butter chocolate lovers. This cake mix cookie recipe is so easy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Devil Food Cake Mix (I used this one)
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 C Butterscotch Chips
  • 40 (ish) Peanut Butter Cups

Directions

  1. Mix together everything except the butterscotch chips and mints.
  2. Once combined stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop onto a cookie sheet in 1 inch scoops. Keep it small these spread a lot!
  4. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately top each with an unwrapped peanut butter cup.
  6. The heat from the cookie should melt the chocolate and when it does take a knife and smoosh it down to make the marbled look. If your cups don’t get spreadable you can pop the cookie sheet back in the oven for a minute.

Everyone loves this easy cake mix cookie recipe. Peanut butter chocolate fans will love this quick dessert.

What are your favorite cookies?

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Peace on Earth Marbled Painted Ornaments Tutorial

These marble painted ornaments are so easy to make and if you add they are easy to personalize with a quote, date, or any other memory.

10 minute marble painted ornaments tutorial. Darling Peace on earth globe ornament

These Marble ornaments can be done with either glass or plastic ball ornaments. If you look at the pictures and video the white and gold ornament is made with plastic and the others are with glass.

Make a glass ornament that looks like a globe with easy marbled painting. Peace on Earth ornament tutorial.

That makes it a really easy project to do with kids. Depending on your control freak/clean freak level some of the older kids might even be able to do the project completely on their own.

kid friendly marble painted ornament tutorial

What You Need


What to Do

  1. Remove metal hanging top.
  2. Pour in different colors of paint.
  3. Tape top closed.
  4. Roll in box or tap ornament and roll in your hands.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. Remove masking tape and replace hanging metal.
  7. Tie with a ribbon.
  8. Cut out vinyl with your favorite customization or the PEACE ON EARTH design (download here).
  9. Weed the vinyl and use transfer tape to apply to the ornament.

How to make gorgeous Peach on Earth hand painted marble class ornaments. Easy tutorial great for kids.

I made these as a part of a fun Ornament Challenge from Expressions Vinyl. Check out all these other AWESOME DIY ornament ideas, vote for your favorite, ahem mine #14 just kidding ;) and enter the $100 Expressions Vinyl giveaway!

Lots of easy DIY christmas ornament tutorials

15+ Peppermint Recipes and Block Party

‘Tis the season for peppermint recipes!

Over 15 delicious peppermint recipes. Perfect for Christmas desserts and gifts

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake | Stress-Free Cake Decorating with kids | Santa Cookies | Best Brownies (with Peppermint option)

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies | Peppermint Oreo Truffles | Mocha Mint Truffles | No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

Candy Cane White Chocolate Popcorn | Peppermint Chocolate Pudding | Peppermint Popcorn Balls | Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Peppermint Candy Bites | Slow Cooker Peppermint White Hot Chocolate | Peppermint Kiss Cookies | Simple Peppermint Bark

I’ve been whipping up peppermint treats and from looking at the pasts Block Parties I see I’m not the only one. Here are a bunch of delicious peppermint recipes. And remember that in addition to your new projects and posts on any topic we’d love you to link up any of your older Peppermint recipes too.

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today as this week’s host. Here are a few of my favorite projects since I hosted last time!

Great christmas books, crafts and recipes

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White Christmas Salmon Club Sandwich Recipe

White Christmas is hands down my favorite Christmas movie. To celebrate I thought I’d make a spin on the Club Sandwich they have in the film.

Delicious Salmon Club Salmon Recipe great for celebrating White Christmas

It’s funny they seem to eat a LOT of sandwich in White Christmas but at the beginning when they are riding on the train they order club sandwiches and malted shakes. I doubt that their clubs were salmon clubs but hey I love a good Salmon Club Sandwich so I thought I’d make one :)

Salmon Club Sandwich recipe

I remember being a kid and watching White Christmas making our traditional Christmas wontons and declaring which dress was my favorite. Who am I kidding I still do that. And it’s so fun to see my nieces are doing the same thing now. I’m excited to watch it with Teddy this year he HAS to love it ;)

White Christmas Sisters Fans easy step by step instructions

I even made Sisters inspired Blue Feathered Fans tutorial a few years ago (you have to see the video of the nieces dancing with the fans too funny). I’m telling you it’s my FAAAAVVV. Have you seen it? Do you have a favorite part?

White Christmas inspired food ideas great for holiday parties

Salmon Club Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cooked Salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Bacon
  • Havarti
  • Avocado
  • Mayo (optional)
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Cut the bread and cheese in triangles (or if you want you can cut after you assemble the sandwiches)
  3. Layer 2-3 ingredients between a layer of bread and repeat.
  4. Stack the segments and hold together with a toothpick

Delicious take on your normal sandwich. Salmon club sandwich recipe

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DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells Tutorial

I’d love to put a little Christmas spirit in your step, quite literally. I made these adorable DIY Holly Shoe Jingle Bells and I’m giddy about how they turned out.

Love this simple Christmas craft. DIY holly shoe bells tutorial and free pattern

Today I’m joining in on I Heart Naptime‘s annual Crazy Christmas Event. Every year Jamielyn invites loads of talented bloggers to share tons of awesome crafts, recipes, and printables perfect for Christmas. Hop over to see how I made these fun Holly Shoe Bells. P.S. I made the pattern in 3 sizes baby, kiddo and teen/adult.

 

UPDATED: The following tutorial originally appeared on I Heart Naptime on 11/29/2016

I love the festive little jingle the little holly adds to every step. But more than that I love how quick and easy this little craft comes together.

Such a fun way to dress up our shoes for Christmas. Easy jingle bell holly shoe accessories. Full tutorial and free pattern.

This is easy enough that even elementary school kids who can do basic hand sewing could make their own if you help them cut out the leaves.

Christmas shoe craft. Cute jingle bell holly accessories.

What You Need

How to make Christmas holly shoes that jingle. Easy craft tutorial

What to Do

  1. Cut 2 holly leaves out for each shoe you want to dress up. There are three sizes on the pattern so they can work for baby shoes, kids, and teens/ adults.
  2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and then fold that in half to find the middle.
  3. Sandwich the middle of the pipe cleaner between the points of two leaves. Take a couple stitched to sew the pipe cleaner to the leaves.
  4. Thread one bell onto your needle and stitch in place. Repeat for the rest of bells.
  5. Take a couple extra stitches to secure the sewing in place before knotting. This will help prevent the stitch from pulling through if the bells get man handled.
  6. Secure the bling to the shoe by threading one side through a shoelace hole and twisting. Alternatively you can simply slide the pipe cleaner under the shoelace and twist to fasten it in place.

Easy to remove Christmas jingle bell bling. Holly shoe tutorial.

I think these turned out so stinking cute. My 2 1/2 year old little boy got SO excited when I put one on his shoe he LOVED dancing and spinning around.

How cute turn regular shoes into jingle bell holly shoes for Christmas. Full tutorial and free pattern.

And as adorable as I think it is I love that when we went to watch his cousin’s gymnastic competition I could quickly and easily remove the holly so we wouldn’t be disruptive.

Toddler holly jingle bells shoe swag tutorial

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Beautiful Gift Ideas and Block Party

Now that Thanksgiving has wrapped up, it’s time to get serious about making holiday gifts! Handmade and DIY gifts are my favorite to give AND to receive.
beatutiful DIY gift ideas lots of present tutorials perfect for CHristmas and beyond
Isn’t it so fun to think about what sort of personalized gifts to give? There are so many ways to make gifts special and save money, too. I’ve rounded up some favorites here:

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Since this is my first time hosting the block party, I should introduce myself! I’m Susan from Bite Sized Biggie. I work a team of bloggers who share tips, ideas, projects and recipes that make life a little sweeter and more manageable.

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We share so much GREAT stuff that we make and find that it’s hard to choose favorites, but these are 3 of my all-time favorite posts:3-favorites-bite-sized-biggie

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10 Minute Wood Slice Joy Ornament and More DIY Ornaments

I think one of the reasons I love making handmade ornaments is that they tend to be really fast projects. This Wood Slice Joy Ornament is no exception.

Tons of easy christmas ornament tutorials and these 10 minute wood slice joy ornaments

I made glitter wood slice ornaments a few years ago and really love them. This joy ornament is an even simpler version of it.

How to make custom wood slice Christmas ornaments

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Import the Joy design and cut vinyl out on your cutting machine
  2. Weed design and apply transfer tape. Place design on wood slice.
  3. Drill a hole in wood slice if yours didn’t already come predrilled.
  4. Cut a strip of fabric or ribbon and tie through hole

love these simple joy wood slice christmas ornaments. so easy to customize on the cricut

So easy right!!! And if you’ve got a fear of power tools you can just glue the ribbon/fabric to the wood slice.

How to make custom word Christmas ornaments on your cricut

Want more great handmade ornament tutorials? Check out these from my friends!

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20+ DIY Christmas Decorations and Block Party

I know that it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to at least start thinking about Christmas decorations, especially if you are thinking about making them!  Here are some great DIY decor ideas that you can make this holiday season. 
 
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