Christmas Stockings For All (and a surprise!)

Merry almost-Christmas! We’re under a week away and it’s coming up fast. It’s a good thing this project is quick, because I had to wait until something special had happened before I could share…

I’d like to welcome into the world Henry Oliver Niksa! He came into the world at 5:57pm, December 11th, 2017 weighing in at 7lb 5 oz.

EEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee baby! FRIGGIN’ FINALLY! 😀 It’s been hard to share much of anything with y’all over the past couple of months, as we were keeping things on the down-low until he was here. But now he is, so it’s finally time to share some stuff…when I manage to get like 5 minutes to myself. Aka don’t hold your breath.

Instead what you should do is throw together some SUPER quick Christmas stockings for you and your family!

Even with the hand embroidery, they still came together very fast.

The Project

I knew from the get-go that I wanted to make us all personalized stockings for our first Christmas as a family-with-baby. As I also knit, I was looking at The Collection of Three. I also did some research for sewing patterns and came across this tutorial. I didn’t really want to knit three oversize, colorwork, sportweight socks so I figured I’d give the sewing one a go. I had time to try a couple of things before committing, but once I started with the sewn version I decided I really liked it.

Fabric:

(c) Joann Fabrics

The main fabric is Navy/Green Plaid Snuggle Flannel from Joann. I got it on a great sale just like the fabric from the Walk the Plank pocket tutorial. The lining and cuff are a plain white flannel also from Joann. I went with a bamboo batting because it was on sale. 😀

Pattern:

I used this tutorial on Fabricworm’s blog. It is a really great tutorial and includes a PDF of the pattern piece and also of the instructions. It was easy to follow and I never got lost.

Only change I made was to sew the lining with a larger seam allowance so it would better fit into the stocking.

Embroidery:

I am not the best at embroidering. I am both too perfectionist and lazy to produce a really good result. I’m very proud of these though. My cursive is very distinct (to me) with my b’s and r’s, so I knew I wanted the embroidery to be in it instead of a computer font.

I started by writing our names on some scrap paper until I got ones I deemed usable.

Then I found the center both height and width-wise. You can see the markings above. I also folded the fabric into it’s cuff form and marked off the seam allowance. Then with air-soluble ink, marked the center of the fabric.

Next I laid the names under the single fold of the cuff and transferred them to the fabric to the best of my abilities. It wasn’t an exact science, that’s for sure.

I actually tried a couple different ways of stitching before I settled on the final backstitch (above).

Backstitching, with yarn instead of thread

Stem stitch with thread

Final names

Once the embroidery was complete it was just a matter of finishing the rest of the pattern as instructed. Attaching the cuff was easier than I expected, and I didn’t even forget to put the ribbon on any of them!

Finished items:

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I’m really, really pleased with these. The fabric is very us (I am fairly sure I have a RTW button-up in almost the exact same fabric) and is very unique to use for a stocking. The embroidery makes me smile, because I see my own handwriting. And seeing that new name in between ours is just heartwarming. <3

Bonus!

Do you think I was going to let you get out of this without a barrage of baby pictures?!

Please excuse any typos, grammatical errors, and other things that would require time to proofread and fix! I’ve got a baby now, ain’t nobody got time for that. (Srs though if you wanna comment, I’m totally cool with other people proofing and will fix any errors that you may find.)

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