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Christmas (Stockings) in July

 

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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.

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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:

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And for my daughter’s:

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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.

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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.

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Picking the lining fabric is, oddly enough, one of my favorite things.

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The kids’ reactions were fun on Christmas morning.

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And the stockings held the perfect amount of special treats.

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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….!

 

 

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28 Responses to Christmas (Stockings) in July

  1. Elle July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Well, let me be the first of your readers to say “Congratulations”! That is very exciting news!

  2. Lisa July 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Yay! Congratulations!

  3. Sarah July 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Love those stockings!!!! And congratulations on the new addition!!

  4. Toni July 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Congratulations! Those stockings are fabulous and the kids look so cute! I’m definitely going to have to try the pattern.

  5. Alisa July 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Congratulations! Hope you are feeling okay? And have fun getting ready for the new family member!

  6. Bonnie Fish July 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    As I was reading this I wondered if you were going to mention that you needed to buy some more fabric for another stocking ;-) Don’t leave this one until December ;-)

  7. Cindy July 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    What happy news! Congrats! Your stockings are super cute.

  8. Jetgirl July 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    The stockings are beautiful. And congratulations!!! :o)

  9. Jeanne G July 28, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Congratulations Momma! What a beautiful Christmas you have coming up. Your stockings are delightful and fun. Thanks for sharing your pretties and your wonderful news.

  10. Cille July 28, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    How wonderful :) Many congratulations!

  11. Hannah July 28, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Congratulations! Before Christmas this year must mean you’re pretty far along already? In fact, our babies will probably be almost the same age! Anyway, I hope it’s going well so far!

  12. the lazy mom July 28, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Congratulations!!!!!! So exciting!

  13. Sharon B July 28, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    That is awesome news! Congrats, Shea and family!

  14. Jan July 28, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Very exciting news! Congrats to you and your family!

  15. Afton July 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Congratulations! Cannot wait to see the new stocking & baby quilt. Maybe I’ll make a few stockings before Christmas too, love yours!

  16. Kelly July 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    SO SO SO excited about your news. :) How fun it’ll be to have a little one in the house! :)
    Congratulations, friend. Hope to see you soon!

  17. Heather July 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Congratulations to you and your family! I loved seeing the pics of your kids on Christmas, soooo cute. Love the stockings!

  18. Carla July 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Christmas in July…..I feel cooler already! Another cute baby….yay!

  19. Joan Rodriguez July 30, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Yea! another baby to hug, cuddle and love forever. Congratulations!

  20. Sallie July 30, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Congratulations!

  21. Holly July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Congratulations! What great news that there will be another stocking on the mantel this year!

  22. Allison July 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Congrat’s!!!!!!!!! When are you due??

  23. Nicole July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    The need to say congratulations caused me to de-cloak and cease to lurk….Congratulations! Also – lovely stockings…..

  24. Beth F July 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m glad you’re back!

  25. Patty August 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    How blessed this little one will be to be part of your family! Congratulations to him/her and the entire family!

  26. susan May 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    How is the baby?

  27. Mandy W. August 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    I just ordered this! Looking forward to making them for our family. I hope to find a way to embroider names across the top of the cuff.

  28. Mert Parsons November 20, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    The stockings are wonderful. I would love to see the new one you added to the row! I want to make stockings for my daughter, her husband, and their baby girl. Now there is a good reason for them to all be similar. Thanks for sharing! I also have to make a baby quilt and would love to see the one you made.

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