Opening 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! 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?!
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). 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.
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 🙂 )