Are you having a hard time keeping Baby Jesus in the manger? I know while our kids often brought Fisher Price Little People, Lego figures, Barbies and Stuffies to adore Baby Jesus in the crib, from time to time, Baby Jesus went missing only to be found under a pillow or visiting various special places around the house.
Christmas is celebrated for 12 full days! Why not help the kids make their own cuddly Baby Jesus!? He can even have sleepovers in your child’s room with this easy to make crib!
Sock Baby Jesus has often been a part of our Advent tradition, letting the kids pull string straw out to make the crib comfy for Jesus’ arrival. We actually hosted a Sock Baby Jesus Workshop just in time for Advent this year over at Equipping Catholic Families.
Here’s a little refresher to make your own Sock Baby Jesus … or even one for each child in your house!
You will need:
- a clean single white or tan sock
- some batting or cotton balls
- 2 elastics
- a scrap of flannel or fleece material (about 10-12″ square or rectangular)
Stuff the sock with batting or cotton balls to make the main body of the doll. Secure an elastic to separate the body from the head. Stuff additional batting or cotton balls for a nice, round head. Secure with a second elastic. There will likely be soft sock left over … don’t worry about that!
Try out a few faces on scrap paper. A simple short arc (open upwards) makes a nice sleeping eye and a subtle smile. Dot or small circle eyes will give him a nice alert look. Use a red marker to give him a cute heart.
Pull the elastic ankle part of the sock down to the face for a cute little hat. Use the scrap flannel or fleece to wrap the baby. You could sew it in a couple spots or use an elastic to secure it, but it can be just tucked into place.
The crib is an empty and clean clementine (oranges) wooden crate with some fabric scraps folded in for a little extra padding. When we use the string straw for good deeds during Advent, we just tuck a ball of yellow yarn under the material.
Copyright 2018 Monica McConkey