My Family’s Stockings
My husband and I spent our first married Christmas as poor, starving college students. We couldn’t afford much in the way of gifts, and we also couldn’t afford too many decorations. One traditional piece of decor I couldn’t do without were our own stockings. Rob went along with my antics so as not to ruffle our modest nest during the holiday season and when my search for some cheap and cute stockings came up empty, making them was my next best option.
One December afternoon, I found myself at my aunts house who had a great sewing machine and she also had boxes of scrap material. The 2 of us put our heads together and came up with these:
I was pleased with how they turned out, but thought that maybe the next year I would make some really great stockings that were even better! The following year I was pregnant with Ethan and also on bedrest. With no other options or resources other than what I had at home, I made a stocking using the same technique as the ones I made previously, only this time using yellows and greens and stitching the name “Baby” at the top. (We don’t find out the sex of our babies, so I had to keep it unisex!) Our 3 little stockings hung that year all together and their sweet simplicity began to grow on me.
As you can see, our family has grown since that time and we now have 6 stockings-(7, actually, if you count the “Baby” one that is only hung on the years when I have a little one in the oven!)
The techinque is simple:
(I used the new 5-inch Precision Applique Scissors from Olfa- I love them! They are great scissors for small projects. They cut great and I love keeping a small pair of scissors with my sewing machine- these are perfect!)
2. Cut 2 red pieces of felt into the shape of a stocking. Mine and Rob’s were actually those cheap 99 cent stockings- I just undid the seams.
3. Cut fabric into various sizes rectangles.
4. Place fabric pieces all over the stocking- overlapping to cover completely.
6. Sew around the entire edge of each piece of fabric.
7. Once your done, you will have pieces of fabric that hang off the sides of your stocking.
8. Trim the excess fabric along the edges.
9. Stitch your name at the top. (I used gingham print for all of the stockings which made it easy to cross-stitch our names)
10. Sew up the sides of the stocking with your sewing machine.
11. Add a rectangular tag for it to hang easily.
12. Stitch around the edges to give it a more decorative look.
… and thats it!
I like that each one is unique, but all look similar. They aren’t super big (which is nice and saves money!) and they are just simple- I like simple.