I really love the look of these stockings from Garnet Hill. However, I didn't love the original $58 price tag. I thought something bright, graphic, and fun would be perfect for kid stockings growing up.
My sister's mother-in-law makes felt stockings too for family and close friends. Here is one that she made for me when she learned I would be spending Christmas with my sister a few years ago. (Cuff folded over to protect the innocent.)
The stockings she makes are varied--one will have a bells and holly, another a caroler, another a Christmas tree, etc. After doing extensive internet searching to find a pattern for something similar, I just emailed her and asked her for what she uses. She quickly sent me a stocking pattern and a set of drawings that I could choose from.
But then, I had to decide how to construct the thing. Although I like the look of felt, I would want to use actual wool felt (being sort of snob-ish that way) and that would be expensive. Also, I liked the idea of them being washable. So, I went with an all-cotton stocking. And, because I was doing applique (for the first time!), I wanted it lined and I had no idea how to go about it. Luckily, I found an awesome tutorial online which helped enormously with the actual stocking construction.
And then I had to figure out the whole applique process, since I was clueless in that regard, too. (Youtube. Gotta love it.) After watching some tutorials, I decided to do a blanket stitch vs. a sateen stitch to save me some time and sanity. Turns out though that my machine doesn't have blanket stitch. So, I played around with the various stitch options until I found something that I thought would work.
Are you bored yet?
Here is the final product:
I am fairly happy with how they turned out. Although, I realize that we are in trouble if we have another child, because I don't have enough fabric to make another stocking. He/She will just be like all other youngest children--completely disenfranchised. I probably won't even both with a stocking for him/her--he/she will just be stockingless.
(In case you didn't know, I am the youngest child. I know what I am talking about.)
We will cross that bridge if and when we need to. In the meantime, I can breathe a sigh of relief. Christmas can come. The matching stockings are finished--even the one for baby girl who won't even be here to enjoy it. I would start attacking other nesting projects (Like the closets!!! OMG! The closets!) but that requires moving, and I am finding that difficult these days. It is so much easier to just sit and not wheeze about.