Christmas Stockings

After 6 years of being married, we finally have some Christmas stockings! Yeah! Granted this is only the second year that we've had an actual fireplace, so I can't really use that as my excuse anymore. (Last year I ran out of time and didn't have fabric that I liked).

However, when I went to the quilt show in October, I found some large rick rack that I couldn't pass up, and I thought stockings stockings stockings. However last week when I was planning out the designs, it wasn't working, the fabric (I thought maybe a stripey patchwork front with some of my scraps might be fun) just wasn't coming together in a pleasing way. So instead of forcing it I decided, well maybe this year it isn't going to work out either.

As I was getting out the felt to make a Christmas star (we are having an all plush/felt tree in honor of The Bubb) I found some gray and red fleece that I had intended to make some pants out of and thought, stockings! The fabric for the tops came together really fast and I knew it was meant to be :) I love how projects work out like that sometimes!

So here are my fabric combos:  Gray Fleece (Joann) / Michael Miller Ta Dot in Moss, Red Fleece (Joann) / Tiles in Verte by Anthology, White Minky Fleece / Kei Japan Honeycomb Dots in Red.

Since I was making more than one, I decided it was best to make a pattern. I started by freehanding a stocking shape onto some tracing paper. Then after revising it a few times, I cut it out and used this as the pattern for all three. I wanted a big fat boot like stocking, my husband laughed when he saw how wide they are at the bottom :)

From here I cut out two sides, stitched the lining band to the top and added a hanger made from the super large rick rack. So excited by this.

For now they are hung over the fireplace with nails until we get some proper stocking holders.

I actually saw the perfect ones about 4 years ago at Kohls but alas I didn't have stockings at that point so I didn't get them. Well I am still on the hunt and will get there eventually.

Happy Monday everyone!

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