If you’ve been following along then you know this is little Marian’s first Christmas. That mean’s a plethora of handmade toys, a Christmas dress, and of course ornaments to make! This idea came to me as I was matching up teeny tiny socks and marveling over the fact that they weren’t even the smallest ones she’s had! You can’t look at a baby sock without laughing. It’s just impossible. How can feet be that small?! I wanted to hold onto those socks (and the memories) in some way when I realized they looked just like little tiny Christmas stockings and would make the perfect 1st Christmas keepsake. These ornaments are such a snap to make that they would be great gifts, or just a quick Mommy craft to use up all the free time you have now (wink, wink). So grab your favorite itty bitty sock, some fabric stiffener, your trusty glue gun, and let’s get making!
- Baby sock
- Fabric stiffener
- Plastic Wrap
- Parchment paper
- Jump ring
- Embroidery needle and floss
- Hot glue gun
- Balsa wood tag (I found these tags randomly at a craft store and can’t seem to find a link for you anywhere!)
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Water based clear coat varnish (optional)
- Twine (optional)
- Decorations (optional)
1. Trace the sock onto a piece of cardboard but extending the top so it will stick above the sock opening and cut it out. Wrap the cardboard in plastic wrap and insert it into the sock. Adjust the sock so it lays exactly as you want it when it’s dry.
2. Mix the fabric stiffener with an equal amount of water in a bowl. Dunk the sock into the stiffener completely soaking it. Ring the excess stiffener out of the sock, readjust, and lay it to dry on parchment paper in a warm place. Depending on how soaked the fabric is this may take overnight.
3. While the sock is drying, paint the balsa wood tag white and then paint the child’s name and birth date onto the tag with acrylic craft paint. Once dry, paint on a layer of clear coat to protect the paint. A paper tag will also work but will become brittle after a few years.
4. Once the sock has dried wiggle the cardboard out.
5. With a sewing needle and thread stitch a jump ring onto the sock where you plan to hang it. A ribbon can also be stitched through the sock if you don’t have a jump ring but I find using a ring and then a traditional metal ornament hook just looks and hangs better.
6. Tie a piece of twine or ribbon through the wood tag. Use hot glue to attach the tag to the sock and then secure the end of the twine inside the sock with a little spot of glue.
7. Finally, use hot glue to attach decorations to the inside of the sock, filling the top.