12.17.2014

"...and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...."

Welllll, we have a chimney... that is attached to our wood-burning fireplace..... that we use a LOT.....  so these stockings are hung by the china cabinet near the Christmas tree so our house might not burn down.  :)
Our family has never been stocking stuffers at Christmas..... until this year.  As my husband and I were out completing our Christmas shopping a few weeks ago, he was adding this little thing and that little thing to the cart.  Let me pause here to explain.... my husband is a 'gift-giver'.  He loves to give gifts.  It's such fun to see HIS face and HIS excitement when someone is opening a gift he's given.  Many times he's been so excited over a gift, that he's just gone ahead and given it because HE can't wait for the appointed special day to arrive!  So back to the little things going into the cart...... turns out he was planning for them to go into Christmas stockings.... Christmas stockings we do not have.  Melissa had one left over from one of my crafty days when she was little when I painted her name on a quickly purchased red felt stocking with metallic Tulip fabric paint, and that was pretty much it.  So, if we're getting stocking stuffers for Melissa and Tom's mom (aka Granny - she'll be spending Christmas with us), then not only do both of them need adequate stockings, but Tom and I do too.
Thinking this would an oh-so-quick and speedy project, I checked my pinterest board and saw a link I'd pinned showing a stocking laid out for stitching, put the image in my head, traced the stocking I had on hand for my pattern, adding enough for a 'cuff' and went to town making a muslin to check the construction.  Muslin turned out oh-so-cute (photo above) so now I needed to chose the 'real' fabric(s).  Over the years I've been moving our home decor into the more 'natural' fibers and wanted to continue that in our Christmas decorating.  Our tree this year is simple with white twinkly lights, little white silk poinsettia flowers poked in here and there, along with Melissa's beaded candy canes she's made through the years. Those simple candy canes hold so many special memories it just would not be right to not see those on our Christmas tree!
Knowing I had plenty of burlap in the stash, I thought that would suit.  Simple, Organic, Natural.  That's what I wanted.  For the cuff/lining went with a piece of creamy stretch velour, also from the stash.  Thought the texture of the velour would be striking against the burlap.
With this pattern, it is a truly lined stocking whose top is simply turned down for the 'cuff'.  But what I did not realize until EVERYTHING was cut out and ready to be stitched.... is there's no place to sew in a hanging loop.  My little oh-so-quick-n-easy project screeched to a halt at this point as I pondered the loop problem.  Pinned a few other Christmas stocking tutorials after finding out that I could've cut the cuff separately and when stitching it to the top in the last step of construction, you can sew in a loop then.  Well, well, well.  Seeing as it's now a mere 8 days away from Christmas Eve and my little stocking holders have been sitting empty waiting to hold their appointed stockings, I just moved forward sewing the stockings together as I'd originally planned and figured I'd worry about the loop later.
Wanting the stockings to have a 'natural', 'organic' feel, none of my trims and ribbons felt right.  Thinking of some jute twine I had on hand... played with that for a few minutes and came up with my own 'twisted' loop.  I'd taken a fiber arts class a few years ago where we took strands of fiber and twisted them together to make a strand of yarn, and that's what I did with 2-21.5" of jute twine. After letting it back-twist to create the strand, fooled around with a knot under a loop and hand-stitched it to the outside back of each stocking with a double strand of Button Craft Thread.  Love that stuff.  It is so strong.
And now it's beginning to feel a lot more like Christmas around here!
Hoping you and your family are enjoying this Christmas season!

8 comments:

  1. LOVE those stockings! How will you tell which stocking is for which person? I'm not saying I think you should put a name on each one. I think that might actually spoil the clean, natural look of them.

    My daughter has always had her stocking which I knit from a Mary Maxim pattern some forty years ago. It has a big Santa face on it. Her dad and I never had a stocking until she was old enough to request I make one for each of us so she could fill it. (What a good girl!) So I whipped up (knitted) a red and white stripped stock for Papa Pea and a green and white stripped one for me. Our stockings are very funky looking . . . compared to the elegant simplicity of yours!

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    1. Good question! It is very hard, to near impossible to see in the photos, but each of the silver hangers are different. Tom is the Christmas tree, Melissa the snowman, Granny the snowflake and because I'm the horse lover and deer are closest to a horse out of these choices - that's mine! In all seriousness, I am thinking about putting names on, but that'll definitely be some time next year. We'll see. Your stockings sound perfect for ya'll - and yes, you do have a very good and thoughtful daughter.

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  2. Oh they turned out so beautiful!!! The twine goes perfectly with the burlap and the velour gives it that luxe look, my goodness, they are the best christmas stockings ever! You have such lovely hooks to hang them onto the cabinet too! Your house looks so pretty and ready for Christmas now :)

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    1. The hooks are new and I've never seen anything like them before. They are sort of cantilevered over the edge in such a way, they don't fall off. We'll see what happens when the stockings get filled! Thank you Erin!

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  3. What beautiful stockings - just right for the gift giver to fill - I'm sure he will enjoy that very much :). I do like your decor.

    My husband also likes to give gifts - I now give him a list so that I get more of the things I want (like sewing books) - mind you, some of his ideas are great, like the tiny torch that can slip under a pillow, so you can easily find it at night.

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    1. You have such a nice husband Sarah Liz.... and you are a good gift giver too. He will love the new nightshirts you just made for him! Isn't this season such fun?!

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  4. What wonderful stockings and beautiful tree! My mind is swirling with ideas now...of course not for this Christmas...but next. Busy trying to fill everyone's Christmas for homemade Christmas goodies such as scarves, comfy pants ect....but I'm thrilled they asked. But for now going out to look for burlap thinking cute Christmas print flannel for the cuff of the stocking.

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    1. Sounds like you've got a cute idea going there! Be sure to show us what you make -even if it's middle of next year!!!!

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