There’s a Christmas story in the “Little House on the Prairie” series where Laura and her sisters are worried that Santa won’t be able to make it through a blizzard and fill their stockings. After a series of 1800’s style tribulations, he finally does visit, only to leave each girl a tin cup, and an orange, and a penny. Are you kidding me? A tin cup? An orange? A Freaking penny? When I read this as a 10 year-old I was completely terrified. How could Santa possibly be that cruel? If the girls had only had stockings as “rockingly cool” as ours…they prolly would have made a better haul……
We use a lot of beacon blanket fabrics at work and I constantly save the scraps. I have been told that I am a tremendous pack-rat (read: hoarder). This past week I’ve been making Navajo pillows for the store windows…and each pillow I make leaves a perfect 10 by 24 inch strip of fabric left over. For Christmas this year, I thought I would make stockings from these strips.
I can sew a pretty mean straight line, but curves are a bit of a different story….so I go real slow. I started with a 99cent poly stocking from a dollar store and used it as a template for my own….
I used cream fur for the mostly red stockings, and black “Mongolian lamb-ish” fur for the black one with the heartbeat line. I had planned on using sheared wool or Mongolian lamb for the trim along the top…..but unfortunately JoAnn’s fabrics only had polyester carnival furs, (Big sigh). No worries, I can always switch the trim to real fur in the future.