Christmas (Stockings) in July
Today I am writing about a project I completed in December… but somehow never shared! These are stockings I made for our family. And I LOVED making them.
My entire goal in creating my Sleigh Bells Stockings pattern was to craft a set of stockings for my own family. I had gazed at our store bought stockings one time too many, I guess. They just didn’t express each person’s personality. And, as our family grew, it was tough to find more stockings to add to match. So, matching went out the window.
I pulled a giant stack of fabric and tried not to make things too matchy-matchy, but some fabrics are used in multiple stockings, which does tie them together.
I started these in mid-December and finished them just in time for Christmas Eve. It came down to the wire! I used the pattern for my husband’s stocking:
And for my daughter’s:
For my stocking, I used the tips in the pattern for using a favorite block at a certain size. It adds more variety and was an easy easy one to make.
My son’s gets the prize for most time consuming. The piecing instructions aren’t part of the pattern, but the rest of the stocking is. Those are 1″ finished pieces. (!!) Naturally, this one was the last to roll off the assembly line and I was ready to just be finished already. But I am crazy about how it turned out.
Picking the lining fabric is, oddly enough, one of my favorite things.
The kids’ reactions were fun on Christmas morning.
And the stockings held the perfect amount of special treats.
As a test to see who is still reading, I will share this little tidbit. I’m going to have to make another stocking before Christmas this year. Wink, wink. Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge. Naturally, this means another baby quilt will be in the works this fall. As if I needed an excuse to go fabric shopping….!