Pattern Release: Holly Jolly Stocking

I’m excited to announce the release of my newest PDF sewing pattern, the Holly Jolly Stocking!

Looking for a Christmas stocking pattern that’s fat-quarter friendly and easy for beginners? This step-by-step Christmas stocking sewing pattern will guide you through making a simple lined holiday stocking with a cuff and hanging loop. If you choose to quilt the main stocking to batting, you can get a nice weight and texture. Otherwise, feel free to skip this step for a more simple stocking that’s quick to sew!

I used Tinsel Fabric (Cotton + Steel) to make these festive new stockings for my family.

Learn how to sew a stocking (or two! or five!) for your holiday mantel with my new Holly Jolly Stocking pattern!

Holly Jolly Stocking Pattern by | Craft Buds

Materials (for each stocking):

Note: To make a stocking with a matching front and back, you’ll need 1/2 yard of that print (you’ll have some fabric left over). To have two different prints on front and back, you may substitute 2 different fat quarters. – 1/2 yard stocking exterior fabric (or 2 fat quarters for different prints on front and back) and loop – 1/2 yard lining fabric – 1 fat quarter (18” x 22”) for cuff Quilted version: – 13” x 18” batting or large scraps Non-quilted version: –  Recommended: 13” x 18” lightweight stabilizer for stocking front and back Holly Jolly Stocking Pattern: Quilted Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Use a different print on each side of the stocking so you can show off even more of your favorite fabrics!

My pattern testers made some really creative versions of the Holly Jolly Stocking! Here’s what they had to say:

Holly Jolly Stockings by KatieD

Katie D. made a lovely pair of quilted Christmas stockings…Just flip them on the mantel for a totally different and fun look! She says, “Stockings have been on my To-Do list for years! I made two quilted stockings and used low-volume prints on the front and red or green backs with contrasting cuffs. The instructions were very clear and the final size is great.” Holly Jolly Stockings by Modern Magnolia

Hannah of Modern Magnolia Studio sewed up these adorable stockings in holiday and wintery fabrics. Aren’t they just lovely? “I LOVE this pattern!” she said. “My mom is already requesting I upgrade all her stockings now, and I plan to make more stockings closer to the holidays.” Holly Jolly Stockings by Clover and Violet

Clara of Clover and Violet made these adorable quilted Holly Jolly Stockings in Pam Kitty Morning fabric! If you don’t want to use holiday fabrics, take this inspiration for a fun twist on tradition. “It’s super cute and fun to make! I think it is a great pattern,” Clara says. Holly Jolly Stocking by Kaela

Kaela made this awesome gingham stocking with a wide plaid cuff. I love the slight twist on traditional Christmas colors. “The pattern was so easy to read and follow along!,” she says. “Thank you so much! I’m so excited to make my family of 5 stockings!”

Holly Jolly Stocking by JodyR

Isn’t this Christmas stocking by Jody adorable? This is a view of the front and back, showing the slightly different red prints that beautifully blend with the dark minty green cuff. Jody says, “I was pleasantly surprised to see how large the stocking is was when putting the pattern together. We love stocking gifts so a bigger stocking is great! I am so excited to make 3 more for our house and then 12 more for my mom’s house because she liked it, too.”

Want to get the Holly Jolly Stocking pattern and get an early start on your Christmas sewing? It’s available now in my Craftsy pattern shop!

Holly Jolly Stocking Cover

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Etsy Giveaway from Most Precious Gift: 5 Winners!

Today we’d like to welcome Ashton Tennial, owner of the Etsy shop Most Precious Gift and newest Craft Buds sponsor! Most Precious Gift carries a variety of adorable headbands, hair bows and more!

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Ashton was inspired to open her Etsy shop by her three spunky little girls (5, 4, and 2). Ashton says, “I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for the past two years. I have always been a crafty/artsy person. One day I decided to try and make my own hair bows for my daughters and everything snowballed from there. I really enjoy what I do and take a lot of pride in my work.”


Ashton is offering a giveaway to FIVE of our readers to pick out their choice of a headband or hairbow. Just leave one comment below telling us what your favorite item from the shop is. Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, August 17. We’ll use to choose the winners (EDIT: Winners have been chosen, thanks!). And if you want to order something right away, use coupon code FREESHIP25 for free US shipping on order of $25 or more for the month of August.

How to Print and Use PDF Sewing Patterns

How to Print + Use PDF Sewing Patterns | Craft Buds

Sometimes, it’s the little sewing tips and tricks that really help to get us motivated to finish that next project! Today, I’m sharing with you a little tutorial on how I like to print and use PDF sewing patterns.

Unlike a paper sewing patterns, PDF patterns must be printed on your home computer and printer in order to use them. If you are not used to this, it may take a little trial and error to get started. I hope to save you a few steps by showing you the way I like to do it!

Print PDF Patterns Tutorial

Step 1: Download the PDF pattern. I’m using my Holly Jolly Stocking pattern as an example. Open the pattern file on your computer. Since it’s a PDF file, your computer will select a program to use to open it (such as Adobe Acrobat, pictured above).

Select “Print” then look around the pop-up menu until you find an option that says print “actual size” or something similar. You want to make sure you don’t shrink the pattern to fit on the paper. The screenshot above shows how I ticked the button that says “Actual Size.” Now I can select print!

Important: Many PDF patterns have a 1″ test square on the pattern (shown below on the upper left corner). Measure this box on the printout with a ruler to confirm it has printed the correct size.

How to Print and Use a PDF Pattern | Craft Buds

Step 2: Take your printed pages and look for the natural place where they overlap. Some people like to cut off the overlap, but I prefer to simply fold it back. In this stocking pattern, you can see how I fold along a thick line on the right side of sheet 1. Then I can place it on top of the corresponding line on sheet 2, and line up the stars (a mark intended to help place the pattern).

Not all PDF sewing patterns will have a distinguishing mark like this, but you can usually line them up from the point the pattern starts on one sheet and ends on another.

How to Print and Use a PDF Pattern | Craft Buds

Step 3: Continue to fold under the edges of the pattern, and tape the papers together in the order they belong. On the bottom row, you’ll fold under two edges of the paper. Don’t worry about the order border for now. I like to use washi tape, taping a few times inside the pattern, because it is quick, easy, and surprisingly durable!

How to Print and Use a PDF Pattern | Craft Buds

Step 4: Cut out the sewing pattern along the border. Place the pattern on your fabric, and trace directly around it with a rotary cutter and mat, or scissors. If using scissors, you’ll want to pin the pattern in place on the fabric.

Wasn’t that simple? I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial on how to print and use a PDF sewing pattern. Read my handy tutorial on how to transfer a paper sewing pattern with freezer paper here!

And if you’d like to check out my Holly Jolly Stocking pattern for yourself, you can get it here.

Back-to-School Teacher Gift: Candy Caramel Apples

With summer coming to an end, kid-friendly recipes and activities help make going back to school more fun. These fall-inspired candy caramel apples are tasty, fun and easy to prepare—even with younger kids. Wrap a couple up in cellophane sheets with some ribbon for the perfect gift for teachers on the first day of school!

Caramel Apples Recipe: Back to School Gift: Craft Buds

What you’ll need:

– 6 small apples
– 1 bag soft caramels
– 2 tbsp. water
– 1 c. chopped nuts
– 1 bag M&Ms (or your favorite candy)
– 1 c. chocolate chips
– 6 wooden sticks
– 2 Hefty Foam Bowls
– 1 baking sheet
– Waxed Paper

The great part about this recipe is that you can easily change up the toppings. I’ve made this treat several times before with different candy combinations, including mini chocolate chips, sprinkles and coconut shavings. For this batch, we kept it simpler for the teachers with chocolate drizzle and nut-covered apples. (We topped the leftover apples with M&Ms for my family to enjoy!)


1. Wash apples and remove stems. Insert wooden sticks (wooden skewers, chopsticks, etc.) into the stem end. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place apples on baking sheet and put in fridge.
2. Separate nuts, M&Ms and candy into separate foam bowls. Set aside.
3. Unwrap caramels and drop in microwave-safe bowl with water. Place in microwave for 2 minutes or until melted, stirring halfway.
4. Dip apples in caramel, letting the excess drip off. Chill in fridge for 5-10 minutes.
5. While you wait, microwave chocolate chips for 1-2 minutes or until melted.
6. Dunk the caramel-covered apples in desired topping and place back on baking sheet.
7. Use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate on caramel apples.
8. Refrigerate until the caramel is set.

Guest post by Hefty. Photo: Joshua Resnick

Looking for more teacher gift ideas? Check out these Teacher Appreciation Pencil Pouches, cute Printables for Scissors as a gift, and the In Good Hands Printable!

Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt + Free Pattern


Citrus & Mint: Quick & Easy Baby Quilt + Free Pattern | Craft Buds

Do you love quick baby quilts? One of our most popular posts of all time on Craft Buds is my Quick Triangles Baby Quilt, and I was inspired by that project to design another free baby quilt pattern that’s great for beginners as well as experienced quilters looking for a weekend project!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The colors of this quilt were inspired by a design seeds color palette my friends picked for their little girl’s nursery. I really loved the citrus and mint colors paired with a soft cream, but you can make this quilt in a variety of colors and it would look beautiful! If you have trouble picking a color palette for your quilt, try choosing two or three colors that work well together and pairing it with a neutral like white or grey. (One of my favorite go-to color combos is yellow, aqua and grey.)

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The block we’ll be sewing is called a half snowball quilt block. A full snowball quilt block uses the same technique, but with all four corners getting the triangle. This half snowball tutorial will show you how to make this block, which you can use in all kinds of projects! I hope you enjoy this free quilt pattern.

Finished quilt 36 1/2″  x 42 1/2″


– 9 to 12 fat eighths (each makes 3 blocks), fat quarters (each makes 6 blocks) or large scraps of colored fabric in three color groups (like yellow, orange, and mint green)

– 1/2 yard of cream or white fabric for the small diamonds

– 1/3 yard of binding fabric

– Crib size batting

– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric


– Cut 42 squares of colored fabric 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

– Cut 84 squares of cream fabric 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

– Cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ x 44″ (width of fabric) for binding


Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial


1. Fold each 2 1/2″ square in half diagonally to make a crease, and press with your fingernail. With the right sides of fabric together, place a cream square on two opposite corners of a larger square as pictured. The crease should not touch the corners of the large square.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

2. Stitch along the creased lines.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

3. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim off the outside corners 1/4″ outside of your stitch line.

P.S. I love my OLFA 45mm ergonomic rotary cutter, and Amazon has a great price on a rotary cutter plus replacement blades! (affiliate link)

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

4. Press the seams toward the center of the colored block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

5. Tip: You can use chain stitching to speed up the process! Add one corner square to each of the colored squares without cutting your thread. Trim, press, and repeat with the opposite corner of each block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

6. Arrange the blocks in 6 columns and 7 rows until you get a color placement you like. I use my portable design board to make this process easier! Tip: Once you get your final arrangement, take a picture with your phone. Nothing fancy! Here’s mine that I took with my feet in the bottom. :) You’ll want to refer to this while sewing, so the blocks don’t get mixed up.

7. Join the blocks in each row with a 1/4″ seam, making sure the cream triangle seams are aligned.

8. Press the vertical seams of each row in an alternating fashion to make nested seams. To do this, take row one and press all the vertical seams to the right. In row two, press to the left… row three, press to the right… and so on. This will reduce bulk when joining together the rows, allowing the blocks to fit together snugly! I typically press all my seams open, but this type of quilt block, I really think it works better to use the nesting technique.

Once you join the rows, press the long seams between each row OPEN (as pictured above) to avoid too much bulk in the centers.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

9. Baste the quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. I chose a wide meandering free-motion quilting pattern, stitching through the diamonds and other seams to reinforce them.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

This is a really quick and easy baby quilt pattern that you can whip up over the weekend! Break it up over 4 days if you’d like so you can spend time cutting squares, sewing the blocks, joining the blocks and rows, and quilting the top!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I quilted my project on the Baby Lock Tiara II with Madeira Thread and Quilter’s Dream batting. This was my first time using this brand of batting, and I’d have to say I’m in love! The quilt held up great and did not wrinkle during my photo shoot, and it has a really nice weight to it that I think will withstand many years of baby and toddler love!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I took these photos at our local agricultural park (the same place I photographed my recent Tennessee quilt), and I was giddy that the horses were out. Of course, I was little nervous they would take too much interest in the quilt! Aside from choosing the fabrics, I really think my favorite part of quilting is taking the perfect photo of the finished product, and it helps to have really cute models.

I really hope you give this easy baby quilt pattern a try! If you make something from any of our sewing and quilting tutorials, we’d love for you to leave a comment. Happy quilting!

Berry Peach Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

We know that the Crock-Pot is an essential appliance for many home cooks looking to make soups, roasts, dips, and appetizers. But have you ever tried making desserts in the slow cooker? I’m excited to share my first ever recipe on Craft Buds (see Mary’s great recipe posts here!), and of course it would have to be a dessert!

Crockpot Recipe: Easy Berry Peach Cobbler Recipe in the Slow Cooker

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Fits well in a 6-quart oval slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Peach Berry Crisp Recipe

This won’t be the last time I whip up this easy Berry Peach Apple Crisp in the slow cooker! I love this recipe because it’s adaptable to whatever fruits are in season (or whatever you happen to have in your kitchen). Swap the peaches out entirely in place of apples, or sub in some strawberries for blueberries! Fresh or frozen fruit works great with this recipe, but I’ll give amount for fresh fruit.

Crockpot Recipe for Peach Berry Crisp

The easy dessert recipe serves about 6 to 8. Don’t worry about “slicing” it or trying to make it look pretty. The more syrupy the bottom layer, the better it tastes!

Crockpot Peach Berry Cobbler Recipe



Bottom Layer:

1 cup fresh blueberries *
8 peaches or apples *
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup white sugar

* Note: May substitute fresh or frozen strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, for blueberries. I used 5 fresh peaches and 3 apples, but you can sub any fresh fruits you’d like, or about 16 oz. of frozen fruit.

Crumble Topping:

1 stick melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup oats (old fashioned)
3/4 cup flour


1. Sliced and core the peaches/apples. Rinse the berries. Toss them in the bottom of your slow cooker!

2. Stir in the cinnamon and white sugar, tossing it with your fruit.

3. In a separate bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, oats and flour for the crumble topping. Crumble the mixture evenly over top of your fruit.

4. Cover the slow cooker and cook the peach berry crisp on high for 3 1/2 hours. If you don’t have that long, you could get away with as little as 2 hours, but I like the way the fruit melds together with the longer cook time.

5. Serving suggestion: We love it warm with a scoop of whipped topping or vanilla bean ice cream!

Berry Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker


Have you ever tried a Crock-Pot dessert recipe?

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