My sister-in-law is coming out from New York to celebrate Christmas with us, so I decided it would be fun to make new Christmas stockings for her, my husband and myself.
I worked on her's last night and today, using a pattern from the Winter '07 Adorn magazine (http://www.adornmag.com/node/4
). Here it is:
I love felt applique and it was a lot of fun to do. It does not look nearly as wonky in person as it does in the photo. I don't know what is up with those strips at the top and one of her eyes. I made a couple of alterations -- using beads and sequins instead of embroidering everything, and changing the back color from off white to chocolate brown -- but it's very adaptable.
My husband's is next and is going to be more time-consuming since I'm just winging it. All I know is that it will be embroidered and have a Vespa motif, so I expect that will take me a couple of weeks to knock out.
All this to say, I probably won't get to redoin g mine this year. Which is fine. I still have the fantastic felt one from my childhood which is actually from before I was born. My mother made it in the '60s for the family cat (it has a felt black cat and Santa Claus on it) when they lived in Norway. The cat died, I was born and I inherited it.
It's true, second children only get hand me downs.
It's an awesome stocking though. Once I uncover it when I put up the tree, I'll take a picture.