CQ Stockings for a Merry Christmas

Genevieve Tracey © 2005

   
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This stocking is for our newest "angel", our granddaughter Julia. It is worked in home decor fabrics in a deep rose Victorian theme.  Stocking for Julie 

Christmas stockings are a wonderful use of our crazy quilting time, and make memorable gifts. The recipients are almost always thrilled to receive such a personal gift, and we enjoy the feeling that we've created an heirloom that will appear at the holidays for many years to come. Stockings can be carefully crafted to reflect the interests and preferences of the individual, as opposed to store-bought stockings, no matter how lovely. The only drawback is that once you finish one as a gift for a loved one, everyone else will want one too! Right now I am just finishing up CQ stocking #46...

Stocking #2 is for our Dear Grand Son Trevor, and features many things that are significant to him. His grandfather, my Dear Husband, is a school bus driver. His first Christmas gift was a sled, and he loves the snow. His favorite cuddle toy is a giraffe, and he loves Paddington bear and trains.   Stocking for Trevor  

When considering how large to make a stocking, I like to make it generous enough to include a book. Make a paper pattern, as that can be handy when making any future stockings that may need to match in size (children do NOT want their sibling to have a larger stocking)! Frequently my first step is choosing a lining fabric with a Christmas theme and color scheme that the recipient would love. Lay the pattern face up on the lining fabric, which is folded in two, right sides together on the inside. Once the lining is cut, any remnants of the patterned fabric can be used for patches of the crazy quilted front, and will establish a theme and color range. From the fabric chosen for the back of the stocking, cut one back (paying attention to which way the stocking is facing) and one rectangle for the hanging strap. Leftover scraps from this will also be included on your CQ front, uniting back and front in design.

People always laugh when I begin by telling them I did this stocking for a grown man! He is a lifelong Snoopy collector, and has his own little tree with all Snoopy ornaments and tree skirt, in addition to the family's larger traditional tree.   Snoopy Stocking for Paul  

The next step is patching and embellishing the stocking front. It is always a nice touch to include an embroidered initial or name of the recipient, but easy alternatives include an initial charm, or one of the tiny metallic name charms available at craft stores. Seam embroideries that feature holiday designs such as Christmas trees or stars or gift boxes are fun to do, and will catch the viewer's eye.

This Burgundy stocking was embellished with a Celtic theme for a man. I like to include a piece of my own crochet on as many of my CQ pieces as I can, and in this case it was the crocheted shamrock.   Celtic Stocking for Mike  

Instructions for stocking assembly can be found in many sewing or quilting books. I find it helpful to do a slightly deeper seam when working on the lining, as this allows the lining to fit better inside the stocking. Finishing the stocking edges with a cording provides an elegant look, so I leave a space along the top seams on either end to tuck the cording edges in at the beginning and the end of whip stitching the cord around the entire outer edge of the stocking.
 
This stocking was done for a friend who decorates for the holidays with a lot of glitz and gold. She loves flowers, and here the crocheted piece is the poinsettia.  Gold Stocking for Ana Carey 

This is a fun project, and also very satisfying in that your work will be a source of enjoyment for many years into the future.

This is my own stocking, done in cream fancies and home decor fabrics, and embellished with Victorian Christmas colors. The fairy is cut from a holiday print and appliquéd, and framed with hand-dyed lace.   Genevieve's own Fairy Stocking  
This green stocking was done for my son's fiancée, who decorates every year around her favorite theme of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, from the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special. The faces are pink shapes appliquéd down and then embroidered to form the main characters like Hermie, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman. Rudolph and Clarice are stuffed figures purchased in the scrap booking aisle of A.C.Moore. This year there is licensed fabric with these characters available, which would have made my life easier. Oh, well...   Rudolph Stocking for Brigette  
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