I’m so excited to show you guys our brand new, Mini Elf Family Pattern!
Last December, Gabe was 3. It was his first Christmas where he really ‘got it’. He knew about Santa and baby Jesus. (and frequently mixed up their names, lol) He was excited about Christmas lights and stockings and presents. It was magical.
We’ve been adding a lot more ‘kid traditions’ into our holiday routine since having Gabe, and last year was definitely the biggest shift. I’ve been waiting so long to have a kid at Christmas time (we celebrated our 11th anniversary just after Gabe was born, and the long wait was certainly not a choice!) I wanted to do it all!
This is where the Miniature Elf Family comes in. We all know the Elf on the Shelf by now. I liked the idea of brinding that North Pole excitment into your home each day leading up to Christmas, but I wanted to do ours a little differently.
First off, I had to make my own. Because I am me. (And also, that ‘other elf’ is a little creepy…) Of course I went a bit overboard. Why have one elf if you could make a whole family?
In our house, the elves came out while Gabe was a school. He’d come home and every day they’d bring a little holiday cheer to share with us. Most days that was a holiday library book that we could read by the tree. Some days it was a Christmas craft (mostly from the Hobby Lobby Christmas Craft section) or ingredients to make cookies.
Every day when Gabe got home from school, he’d run over to see what surprised the elves had brought that day. We’d take a moment together to soak in that Holiday Magic before starting our evening routine.
I loved that time together every evening. There is nothing more magical than children at Christmas time, and this tradition gave us the perfect opportunity to soak that magic in.
After Christmas, I got to work writing up the patterns for the items I made. I can’t wait to share them with you. The first, and most important, is of course the elf family.
The pattern is officially available in our Etsy shop. I’ve just posted a video showing each step in sewing an elf, so if you’re a beginner, you can see exactly what to do.
If you’d like to make a little bit of Holiday Magic of your own, stick around, because we’ve got plenty of North Pole magic heading your way soon.