Thirteen years ago, my oldest child was 6 and my youngest of 4 was a couple of weeks from being born, I decided we needed stockings. I was pretty much housebound as it was snowing outside so I got creative with supplies I already had on hand.
St. Nick Close up (I made 2 using this design, it's my favorite)
Little did I know that I was creating precious family heirlooms. My kids love these stockings, and my husband and I love knowing that we made these, I made him help cut out shapes, I was in a hurry (I guess the nesting instincts were taking over)! These still thrill our kids when we pull them out of the decorations box. I always wrap these in tissue and place them carefully in a separate box within the large box so they don't get damaged.
They are designed by me. I used wool felt, drew the designs, cut out all the shapes, hand stitched them all on with blanket stitch and then took them to the sewing machine to sew the stocking. I feel delighted when I pull them out and see my kids are just as excited to see them as the boys were that first year when I made them and they remind me of such a precious time when I was expecting our daughter.
They just remind me to be thankful for the many blessings God has given us!