My mom was a talented seamstress. She sewed adorable baby clothes for my brother and me - I so wish I had the pictures to show you! She also sewed handmade Christmas stockings for each member of our family.
I was so sure that I would follow that tradition and make handmade stockings for my own family too, but (embarrassing!), that didn't happen. When we were first married, my husband was in school full time and I worked full time. Not much time for sewing. I didn't break out my sewing machine and use it regularly again until after my second child was born - a baby girl! What better reason could there be to sew? But by that time we had store-bought Christmas stockings for everyone in the family so new ones were always put off until next year.
Until now. This is the year we will have handmade Christmas stockings, yay! I decided to skip novelty Christmas fabrics (even though I really love them) and quilt these elegant Lyla Damask prints from Ink & Arrow fabrics for our stockings. If your local quilt shop doesn't have them, there are a few colors at Fabric.com and some more on Amazon.
The cuffs are sewn from some ultra-soft faux rabbit fur that I found at Joanns (you know when you are standing in line and the cutting counter and you fall in love with something in someone else cart?). I think this is it if you want to buy it online. It's so beautiful and it's 57'' wide! Love that.
But... this is not the first time I have used that faux rabbit fur from Joanns. Last year my Christmas Owls were very furry and rabbity, lol.
So this year we are going to have fur-cuffed quilted damask Christmas stockings, eek! And, really, I don't know why I waited so long. Christmas stockings can be fast and easy to sew. Do you want to make some too? Well, just hold on a few days because I'll post the pattern next week. It's a classic stocking shape that's perfect for quilting, trims, embroidery, embellishment, or nothing extra at all. Make sure you get my newsletter in your inbox every morning so you won't miss it! :)
So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.