Thrifty Christmas - Part 7

Do you have your stocking hung by the fire with care? We do! As a child I think that one of my favorite thing were our stockings. I remember always rushing downstairs on Christmas morning to see what little goodies had been tucked into my stocking.

As a child my stocking was machine knitted and had our names on them in a very early 80's style. As an adult I wanted to have a more timeless look to our stockings. I also wanted them to look a little more upscale. Of course, I didn't really have any money to spend on this picky project.

Want to know what I did? I'm sure you have lots of great guess but you will have to keep reading to find out.

I was lucky enough to score several boxes of home decor fabric samples from freecycle. I made a lot of different items from the fabric but hands down my favorite is our stockings. I used the fabric samples to quilt together very elegant looking stockings. I also embroidered our names on them for that personal touch. This project cost me nothing since I had all the stuff to make them already.

In fact, I would say that they made me money! I had lots of people comment on how nice they were. Some of them even asked me to sew them stockings. So I did make about a dozen of them some extra Christmas cash one year.

This is an easy project and you can use any fabric you already own. I think that it would be great to take some of your daughter's past Christmas dresses and make them into the stockings. It would have so much meaning.

Did you make your family's stockings? How did you do it?


Ms. May said...

We made our own stockings one year -- mostly to procrastinate since Christmastime and finals are unfortunate bedfellows. I dragged out my fabric box and made a really cool crazy quilt one for myself. By the time I was done, I was shocked to see that my husband had made his very own, without even using a pattern, to look like a business shoe and trouser! It was so cute.

Mrs. (not) the Jet Set said...

I'd love to see a photo of your stockings. They sound really fun!

If you email me a photo of them I'll add it to the post to share with everyone.

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