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Monday, December 28, 2009

Sewing: Custom Christmas Stockings

sewing custom christmas stockings

When I brought out the Christmas Boxes mid-December, excited about the traditional heirloom hand-me-down ornaments and stockings, plus cards and books therein, little did I suspect that I'd be in for a few surprises least of which was a bunch of fat ants and a few empty candy cane wrappers - yeah, I had happily packed away sweet juicy candy cane I had used as ornaments on the tree last year.

And, no stockings! Not a single one of the four I have used for the past several years. I was particularly sad to not find the one D's mom had knitted for D when he was little and was his stocking all through his life so far.

When I put away the stuff after last Christmas, I had packed away the stockings not in the usual Xmas Box, but safely elsewhere. Only, I had turned the house upside down and still didn't find it. It couldn't have walked away. I know it is there somewhere, biding its time, hiding snugly under something, just out of sight.

Anyway, it was just a few days to Christmas and rather than getting upset about it, I took it as a sign that the Universe was trying to tell me to make my own.

That's how these customized stockings - for the kids, D and me, plus the two kitties and a surprise visitor - came into existence with the help of my sewing machine.

Oggie's has little cars and a bus which seem to be his favorite these days. I tried giving him Ana's hand-me-down June doll and Polly pappa, but, he naturally gravitated towards excavator and fire truck and of course, Bus! So I wanted to capture that memory in his stocking. Plus, Oggie has preferred the color blue so far, with no real push - explicit or subliminal - from me. So, I wanted to have blue print for his stocking as well.

Ana was helping me make the stockings. I had this pile of scrap fabric I was going to use. She saw the colorful fleece print that I had used for her jammy-pants and rice bags and she loves that print - so, at her request, I had to use that fabric for her stocking, along with Rudolph, Santa, and Snowman, of course.

D's is plain blue corduroy on the back, no frills. And mine has my favorite patchwork quilt style piecing in bright yellow scraps.

All four has red one one side and customized colors on the other side as above.

The kitties' are smaller with scrap red velvety fabric for the back.

I decided to make the foot portion rather large so Santa can stuff little things all the way from toe to heel and then some!

Anyway, nothing great about this project, except that it was done in record-time, with a lot of love and patience, full of hopes and prayers that these stockings that the Universe arranged the circumstances to allow me to create for my family will someday be hung up by Ana and Oggie in their homes along with my grandkids'...

And then again, I could be careful like last year and put it away safely in some place and not find it next year...

custom christmas stockings



Blogger Dale said...

They're great!

Merry Christmas, Sheela.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Sheela said...

Thanks, Dale!! Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to you and your family too!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Vibha said...

Hi Sheela,

You are really talented. I see such dearth of these skills these days when buying anything and everything seems so easy but the thrill of making such things and using them is unique and worth all the effort. Not even close to your efforts and expertise, I love fabric painting so just buy plain T-shirts so and decorate them with my art. When my kids were very small, I used to knit sweaters for them with patterns of their favourite cartoon characters. Now in Bangalore we don't require those many woollens so stopped knitting now. But recently painted cushion covers with all the different seasons on them.
Just thought of sharing with you.


10:51 PM  
Blogger Sheela said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vibha! I must see the cushion covers you painted with different seasons - I am trying to picture the elements you might have used for each season :)

I think about it a lot too, like you said: When gorgeous machine-made knits are so inexpensive, in today's fast-paced life, who has the time to indulge in hand-made things? And, why bother, right?

Job/work Life takes up all the energy and time, so, why waste precious other moments in inconsequential stuff...

Plus, a lot of such crafts used to be handed down from parents to kids and if they don't see their mom/dad make anything, why would the kids want to, right?

Anyway, am rambling... thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vibha.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Vibha said...

Hi Sheela,

I agree with you fully.

For cushion covers, I have made different scenes using fabric paints -
summer - sweating sun enjoying a glass of juice

winter - a snowman

autumn - a boy standing under two trees which are shedding leaves

spring - winnie the pooh enjoying a balloon ride in a park full of beautiful flowers of all kinds of colours

monsoon - grey clouds and rain

Sheela, I get a lot of motivation just coming to your blog. Thanks for doing all this.

I also like doing a lot of art/craft with my children - Raghav (7 yrs) and Medha (6 yrs)

These days I am busy doing warli on hand made sheets, pillow covers, pots - almost on anything that I lay my hands on.


7:20 AM  
Blogger Sheela said...

Warli, one of my faves! If it's not too much trouble, please send me pics of your Warli. I do a few, just small scenes - a couple of gals, maybe 4 at the most, frozen in action... nothing spectacular so far worth sharing.

9:16 AM  

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