A Needle, Some Thread, And A Cup of Joe

I don’t know about you, but my crafty side starts bursting with joy around the holidays every year. The urge to make homemade decorative wreaths, and candleholders, and Christmas cards…anything that says Christmas is coming!

The irony is, I’m not all that crafty. While the perfect, artsy ladies are molding their gravy boats out of clay, I’m attempting to string together an advent calendar with construction paper, Elmer’s glue, and anything Crayola. So when the idea was purposed to sew a stocking, I was a little more than apprehensive. I was promised guidance and emotional support, so I decided to take on the crafting challenge.

The process began.

We decided what we wanted our stockings to look like – large, obviously – and picked our patterns of choice. Braving the cold, we then went to a craft store like Joanne Fabrics to pick out what we wanted them to look like, the fun part. I was going through an intense plaid phase so I went with some plaid fabric for the cuff and a yellow and white stripe pattern for the boot. Next, we were on to the prep work. A word of advice: if you are known to not have much patience, I wouldn’t take up sewing as hobby…the first step in prepping was to cut our fabric to match the pattern, double up the fabric, and pin. After a day of avoiding pins and needles, we began the detailed process of putting them together. After an evening filled with Christmas music and peppermint mochas we had the fruits of our labor ready to display.

I grew up in a house without a sewing machine. We didn’t make anything really from scratch. Trying something so new was refreshing. Now, I have a keepsake from Christmas 2011 forever. Newly engaged or married couples or even whole families could participate in crafts like this one to get in the Christmas spirit, be with loved ones, and enjoy loved ones’ company.