I've been wanting to sew matching stockings for our family since last Christmas. Our current stockings were a mis-match of sentimental handmade stockings (Mine being 29 years old and Porter's being one my Mom made him when he was a baby), to random store bought ones that Ryan and Hudson had. I wanted a little more cohesive look to our Christmas decor, hoping that would entice me to not become fed up with the decor shortly after Christmas. I want our Christmas decor to blend in with our normal day-to-day decor.
I'm glad I didn't sew stockings last year as I was looking at very bright, vintagey (yet beautiful!) fabrics. I'm sure I'd have become sick of it in no time. A few weeks ago I came across this blog and all of her burlap stocking inspirations.
I was most drawn to these:
And then, lucky me, she posted her own creation of burlap stockings and I was in love! I was also in LUCK as she posted a tutorial to how she made her stocking. YAY!!
I of course went out and bought burlap and white twill. I was determined to make our family these cottagey french-country inspired stockings. I love the natural look of them and the neutralness of the colors. So fresh and pretty!
I decided mine would have ruffles and clip on flowers (which double as hair clips!), and the boys in the family would be ruffle-less and each have some kind of other decor to set them apart so they aren't so matchy matchy. Here is what I came up with:
I am more than happy with how they came out! I also plan to make another girl stocking and another boy stocking for whatever future addition(s) we have to our family. The "H" and the "P" are just paperclips I formed into the letters and hot glued buttons onto. I then used a few stitches of white thread to hold the letters onto the stocking. So, if in the future we get sick of the H and P, we can put something new on there. Same with the buttons on Ryan's stocking. I eventually think I want to replace them with large wooden buttons but I wasn't about to spend $20 on wood buttons. I'll have to keep an eye out at garage sales and Goodwill for little wooden buttons.