My favorite Christmas memories are those of watching my children experience the pure joy of believing in a Savior and Santa. My other favorite Christmas memories are from my very own childhood. As a child, every Christmas Eve was spent with with my Grandparents. How lucky was I to have 30 wonderful Christmases close by my family?!!
Christmas eve at Grandma and Papa's consisted of matching fancy dresses that my Mom had sewn for my sister and I. There was a quick dinner of finger foods because Grandma had learned making a quick meal was easier than trying to control excited children during a long fancy feast. After dinner we would all gather round in the tiny living room in our own special spot. Then as most families do gifts would be past out, we would go around the room and take turns opening them, then there would be laughter and fun as we all enjoyed our gifts and each other. There would always be a moment when Papa would get his pocket knife out to open a package we couldn't get into fast enough. Or a loud shout from Grandma "oh, how I needed one of these." The carpet would disappear under the mounds of ribbons and wrapping, and no one seamed to worry until a present had been thrown away! Then there would be Christmas pajamas and we would head for home always with leaving Papa and Grandma with a lot of "sugar" (big hugs and kisses).
As you can imagine when my Grandparents past and we sorted through their old things going through the Christmas decorations was the hardest. Imagining Christmas without them in it has seamed unfathomable. I took home with me my ornaments I had made them and some old decorations of theirs I couldn't part with; their felt Christmas tree skirt and Grandma's Christmas tablecloths.
That brings me to the reason for this post. Grandma's tablecloths now hang from my mantle as stockings. Yes, I cut them up an re-purposed them. Now every time my children's joyful squeals fill the room on Christmas morning and they see their stockings filled I will remember those beautiful Christmas eve's at my Grandparent's home. I would like to share the pattern and a short "how to" so you can make your own stockings. Merry Christmas. Remember to make beautiful magical memories this Christmas.
Easy Christmas Stocking Sewing Steps.
1) Download and print each pattern piece as an 8 x 10 picture.
2) Tape toe, heal and top pattern together.
3) Cut out 2 front pieces and 2 back pieces for entire stocking. (4 total)
4) Cut out 4 Band Pieces.
5) Sewn 1/4 inch seam of right sides together of 2 front pieces and then turn right side out. Sew up hole.
6) Repeat for 2 back pieces.
7) Repeat the same steps for band. Front and Back
8) Add iron on fabric pieces to heal and toe and extra fabric across center. Sew on any extras you want now before the stocking is sewed together. Like ribbons, initials, fabric additions, etc.
9) Sew on top bands to each front and back piece. Pin right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch seam across top. Remember to pin down pleat folds.
10) Pin right sides of stockings together and sew 1/4 inch seam around the entire outer edge.
11) Sew a strap of ribbon to the top edge for hanging.