Semi-Homemade Christmas Stockings

When it came time to make some Christmas stockings for my husband and me, I was limited by the fact that I can’t sew. (I know this is a severe character flaw that I will begin to remedy in the new year via sewing classes from my mother.) I had no idea what I wanted our stockings to look like, but I love patterns and texture. And I can embroider.

Christmas Stockings 1
I purchased some ready-made, extra large (we love things in our stockings and the nuts, candies, and fruit take up a lot of space) stockings for cheap. I went to my fabric craft reserve and picked out some vintage fabrics and a set of green striped sheets. The stockings had white furry cuffs at the top, so I removed the cuffs and used the size as a general guide for the new green-striped cuffs I added.

Embellishment was a difficult choice, but I decided to use a winter/Christmas theme–snowflakes for me, Christmas trees for Rob. If we ever need to make some more stockings in the future (ie – if we ever have kids), I’ll probably do one with presents, or stars, or gingerbread men shapes; the possibilities are endless! I cut snowflakes and trees out of the vintage fabrics and tacked them on with some glue and embroidery – french knots and running stitches. I used my laptop to lay out our names in a script font and then traced the names through the green-striped sheet using a fabric pen and relying on the light of my laptop for the tracing. I embroidered our names with a crewel yarn to give them some oomph.

Detail Shot 1

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The last step was sewing the new cuffs on to the stockings. I did it all with very simple stitches (by hand), but they are surprisingly sturdy. The overall product is pretty rustic, but I’m really pleased with them. The fabrics are so pretty, and I love the green striped cuffs with the red stockings. I’ve saved the sheets & vintage fabrics in a special box, so if we do ever have kids I can use the same method to make new ones! (Or if I ever feel like doing stockings for all the animals!)

Christmas Stockings 2

Fabric Striped Pillows

When my best friend got married, my mom wanted to get her something special. One day while wandering through Anthropologie, mama saw some fabric striped pillows that were very expensive! Mama ended up making pillows inspired by the anthro ones; hers were skillfully crafted, as opposed to the rough finish the anthro pillows were going for.

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Embroidered Dish Towel

I embroidered this hand towel for one of my fellow Leo’s Birthday Present. I’m not sure exactly, but I think it needs a pair!
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Embroidered Onesies

Embroidered Onesies

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted something I made. It’s mainly b/c I keep forgetting to take pictures of things before I give them away. Anyway, I embroidered these onesies for my cousin’s baby-coming-in-September using some of Jenny Hart’s patterns. I can’t believe my cousin’s going to be a mom, but I know she will be an awesome, gorgeous, rockin’ mom.

I wish they made onesies for adults; they look so comfy!

Embroidered Landscape

Embroidered Landscape

This weekend, I was finally able to finish an embroidery I’ve been working on forever!

Over a year ago, I bought a barely started cottage embroidery scene at the bi-monthly Lutheran Sale at the church near my house. I was thinking about starting a new embroidery that I bought at another flea market, and then realized the cottage was still incomplete. I was able to practice a lots of lazy daisies and french knots.

I think it came out pretty well; it’s a perfect addition to my tacky landscape collection.