THE cutest advent...made from cute baby things.

So there is THIS sock advent...made by Martha.
It's cute and all...but my baby's socks are not that cute on their own.
They are cute mind you...but not "looks like they were just made to be an advent" cute.
You know?
So I one upped Martha.
Here is what you need:
24 baby socks
24 tiny clothes pins
about 3/4 yard of various fabrics
(I bought 2 fat quarters then used scraps I had)
tulle (if and whatever color you desire)
ribbon long enough to go where you will be hanging this. :)
safety pins
numbers 1-24...printed on card stock
(search on etsy for "number tags")
Cut your fabric and tulle into strips that are 1-2in by 8-10in.
You really can't go wrong...you can even rip them if you like that look.
I also had a couple of favorite outfits that were my boys...and color appropriate. :)
So I cut those up too...same size strips...some with snaps...just cause.
Then hang up your ribbon...it is easier to work with if it is hanging.
Don't worry...your husband LOVES it when you put holes in the mantle.
Then...just start tying the strips on...use a simple knot.
Keep going and going, until it makes your heart happy.
I was going for obnoxiously full...but you might like a little full.
There is no wrong.
Then...add your little tiny socks...evenly spaced...using the tiny clothes pins.
Add your number tags...using your safety pins.
After I took this photo I added some snowflake ornaments too...
I'll take a photo of that when we see the sun again.
And you are done!
A super cute keepsake advent...
made from sweet little socks and clothes I couldn't part with.
I made one for each of the boys and plan on
filling the socks with little treats to
count down the days until Christmas!

Take that Martha!

xo




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28 comments:

Dawn said...

I love this advent calendar, and the fact that you used some of your boys' clothes! What a great way to re-use some of those baby clothes that are so hard to part with! :)

Michelle said...

You so kicked Martha's butt!

erin said...

This is fantastic!!! My daughter needs socks (baby's feet grow so fast!) so I think I'll buy her new ones and then when Christmas is over we can take them down and use them! She'd be getting socks for Christmas anyway and that is really really cute!

NicNacManiac said...

How freakin' adorable is this advent banner....I see you creativity showing...awesome!!!
Have a fabulous day!!
xOxO Nerina :)

Nancy said...

So fun. So fresh. Love the garland and the little socks....well, that is just delicious. There is always something about those little baby feet. I seem to lose socks anyways all the time!

Jaimie said...

WAY better than Martha's version!

Kandi said...

That's very cute Crystal! Wish my boys were still that little. Most of their stuff has been passed on to other families now. Take care!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

Oh, what great idea and I just love yours...so talented!! Love it!!

i love plum said...

awesome!

Stephanie said...

So adorable, I love this idea. And yours is way better than Martha's!

Jingle said...

Oh, now THAT is just adorable! What a cute idea!

jen said...

i made one last year - but with a new baby in the house, i want to add some of her socks on there -- and after seeing yours, mine needs to be redone! yours is so adorable - love the ribbon strips and the tag numbers! i need to get to work on mine!

Anne said...

I did claim my red letter prize, thank you!!

Maria in Lewisland said...

Girl, you just blew Martha right out of the water! Awesome job. I'm SUPER impressed and inspired. :)

Suki said...

Who needs Martha anyway? Yours is so cute!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

so so cute!

sara luke said...

Martha has nothing on you . . .

seemommysew said...

That's just darling!

Tiffany said...

LOVE this! It looks so fun and festive and so stinkin' cute!!! Great job. You totally beat Martha! Woohoo!

Maria W. said...

Today in my world it will be Little Bit Funky today. We are having crock pot baked potato soup, pumpkin pie tarts and I think I'm going to whip out the sewing machine that has been packed away for about 6 years:) Thanks for the inspiration!

The Parrotts said...

Oh yeah, that's way cuter than Martha's :) I can't wait to try it!

Katie said...

Very sweet and I like your version better than Martha's good job.

Amy at The Red Chair Blog said...

I LOVE this! Adorable!

traci said...

Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv it!!!!! I am going to try this one for sure!!

LaurieStar said...

What an adorable project! Love it. Hope you don't mind my visiting your blog!

Brenda Weaver said...

this is just too stinking cute!!! I love it! Way to top Martha!

The monkey bunch said...

Very cute. I did a similar thing with little mittens. I like the look of the ribbon better than the sting and greenery that I used, though, so I may borrow!

Karen said...

Just wanted you to know that I referenced your blog today. http://heleadethk.blogspot.com/2009/12/baby-sock-advent-calendar.html

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