Christmas Stockings to Cheer

Mad Mim Christmas stockingsOpening my Christmas bin this year was a lot like opening my fridge-precleaning/shopping. It was packed sardine-tight, but after much rooting around, I came up fairly empty handed and disappointed. Nothing much to tempt me, that’s for sure. My ornaments are getting kinda hashed, and some of them are just straight-up ghetto. Like we’re-hopelessly-poor-so-I’ll-make-some-ornaments-out-of-an-apple and then let that whither and dry for 5 years, and you get ghetto. Uh, WHY did I even pack those away last year?? Hmmm, it’s a Christmas mystery. But no matter, because my Christmas spirits were brightened as soon as I took out my stockings. So bright and pretty and special! I started making our stockings when it was just my hubs and I, and then I made my kid’s as they came along. I always use the same (perfect)stocking pattern I drafted from a brown paper sack that first year, but each stocking is made especially special for each person.

Allan’s is the least beautiful I guess, but that’s unimportant–because it’s absolutely perfect for him. When we were first married he had these nasty (yet beloved) t-shirts from HIGH SCHOOL that were ill-fitting, tattered and BEGGING me to be tossed. But Allan was harboring some sort of sentimental and unbreakable attachment to those beauties, and he wouldn’t let me touch them. At Christmas time, however, I stroke brilliance, and we found a perfect compromise. I used his old t-shirts to make his stocking, and I used some of the logos and designs as embellishments. To make it especially Allanish, I added some comics because nobody loves comics like my boy Allan. My favorite one by far is this F Minus one. HAH! So funny! Mad Mim Christmas stocking guy Mad Mim Christmas Stocking Guy, funny, creative Mad Mim Christmas Stocking Guy, funny, creative, old tshirts Mad Mim Christmas Stocking F Minus comic Mine is a Anthropologie knockoff from a few years yonder. It’s all applique and then I did some hand stitching over the design. The most amazing part about this stocking is that I made it before I even knew what heatbond was. Como se wha?! Mad Mim Christmas Stocking -HER, anthropologie knockoff

Mad Mim Christmas Stocking_girl, creative, applique TwinkleTwinkle Macarojo’s is next, and is (I’ll confess), my favorite. I do remember that there was a stocking that inspired me, but I don’t remember where it was from, and most of it I just made up. It’s embroidery, and my only regret is that I didn’t stablize it a little more. I actually did, but used heavy weight that looked bad, so I ripped it off. Oh well, it’s dazzling still. Twinkle likes it because it has pink (of course). Mad Mim Christmas Stocking _girl, embroidery Mad Mim Christmas Stocking _girl, embroidery Mad Mim Christmas Stocking _girl, embroidery And then my bub’s. His was definitely the most time consuming. (quilting minute pieces is not my thang-thang), but it’s boyish and handsome and bright. For some reason it turned out slightly skinnier on top than the others, which I’m worried will cause strife in the years to come.  I may have to always compensate him for his loss with a few extra Snickers.

Mad Mim Christmas stocking_boy's, quilted chevron stripe Mad Mim Christmas stocking_boy's, quilted chevron stripe

So what kind of stockings do you like? Are you traditional? Do you like them all to match? What do you think about my non-Christmasy colors? Blashemy or Brilliance?  Be honest, I can take it. Everyone has their own way that Christmas ought to be, and I love and accept it all although I’ll admit I’m VERY particular on stocking shape. Mine is perfect and that’s all I’ll say. And if you want it, here it is!

Mad mim free stocking pattern pdf download (Sorry for the previously bad link. Its working now 🙂 )


LeAnne B

You amaze me. I love your stockings!!! Can’t wait to see what the future kiddos’ stockings will be. Loving the chevron/zig zag for your little man. Just darling! (A very boyish darling that is!)


I love your stockings!! I know I tell you that I am jealous of your talents all the time but seriously I wish I could make stockings. I really tried last year and ended ordering Pottery Barn ones at the last minute….

InCircle Interiors

I LOVE non-Christmasy colors on stockings. It just makes sense to me for some reason. I love those stockings you did! They are all so personal. I finally made stockings this year, using the tutorial on my blog today from a gal I met over T-giving. And I sent that picture of the eggnog joke to my brothers to because it perfectly conveys how I truly feel about eggnog.



oh my, i love these! i’m kinda sad that my sister already made a stocking for my little man so now i don’t need to. but you know what?? i’ma make MYSELF one! for reals. mine is super 80’s and uggo and so not me (how could it be, I’m hip and so NOW. hahaha) thanks for the inspiration:)

heather e

Geez. I made up the template on ours and each one is slightly different. Haven’s is too skinny and I can’t hang them all in a row I’m afraid. I can’t believe how darn meticulous and patient you are when sewing! They look amazing. You need to post your tree skirt.

Miranda @ One Little Minute

Okay, I’m working my way back, and you are great! I do recognize you, in a fun sort of “where do I know you from?” sort of way. Glad to be reacquainted! Your stockings are darling (I love the nontraditional colors and handmade, unique patterns) and basically everything you sew I want to wear. I have this thing about patterns, though. Don’t use’m. I know how, just never got into that groove guess. I am very very tempted by that butterfly dress, though. Maybe I’ll give it a wing and see where I end up:)

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