In December of 2010, I was 9 months pregnant with my first child and seriously nesting. I had always been a very crafty girl, but I had never actually tried my hand at sewing. Inspired by my sweetheart's childhood stocking his mom made- I decided to pick up a needle and thread.
The supplies I had on hand were felt from my best friend and some embroidery floss/sequins from my mom. I had no idea if working with felt would actually yield usable heirlooms- BUT, my plan was to create Christmas with a little quirk. I started with my then-soon-to-be-born son Gatsby's. A playful jungle theme seemed suitable enough (and now it is very evident- he is certainly a little monkey.)
Much to my surprise- I was actually pretty dang good at this whole stocking thing. It took me a day (while taking many pregnancy naps) to complete Gatsby's. Oh dear, did I feel accomplished. So since I hadn't gone into labor yet, I decided to make Will and me some to match: Turtle family and mama owl worked out very nicely.
So fast forward to December 2012... enter the welcome new addition of little tiny Guthrie. Of course, he needed his own stocking and it had to be as funky as the rest of ours. A dinosaur with a Santa hat was jokingly suggested by dear devoted Dad. I liked the sound of that. I feel as of late I've been slightly off my craft mojo- so it worked out- less thinking on my part. Guthrie's stocking took one evening (honestly- the wee hours of the morning) of peaceful uninterrupted craft time. It seemed like I was painting with felt-very relaxing. I used 3 simple stitches: running, whip, and back stitch. Easy-peasy.
Viola! Cute, quirky felt stockings that are very suitable to our little family.
Hope you like 'em, bloggy land!