Growing up, my mom sewed two main items – Halloween costumes for my sister and I, and Christmas stockings. While Meg and I have moved on from the Halloween costumes (well, somewhat … at least we can make our own now!), Mom still makes Christmas stockings as gifts and wedding presents for lots of friends and family.
The stockings are huge and involve both cross-stitching and sewing. Back in the day when sewing was beyond my skills, I did do some cross-stitching. On the stockings, the cross-stitched part is the name. So occasionally (at least for my stocking and my husband’s, and maybe for a few of his family members), I would stitch a name on a stocking while Mom did the sewing part.
This year’s stocking project for our family was making sure Link’s could be hung right up on the mantle next to ours. I bought a cute green penguin fabric last year before he was born and designated that as for his stocking.
This time, Mom cross-stitched – because I was in easy mode talking about writing his name on it with a glitter pen, which would take much less time, but not go quite as nicely with our own stockings as a set – and this bothered mom more than it bothered me.
And I did the sewing of the stocking for the first time. Pretty easy now that I have leveled up my sewing skills. Final product shown here:
Side note … As part of a technical writing class in college, I re-wrote the stocking instructions and illustrated and laminated them for mom. Having used them once now … Turns out I left a step or two out O.o. Despite getting an A. I still maintain that my hand-drawn pictures were more understandable than most of the illustrations you see in pattern instructions!
Regardless, the stocking is now hung by the chimney with care.
Believe it or not, I have a few other posts planned for this month. We’ll see if I get to them all, hah! Stay tuned for Christmas baking, baby sewing project (it’s 5 snaps from done!), the final geeky fandom baby photos, and first birthday fun!