Super easy Christmas Stocking
What you need:
Template downloadable here
Main fabric (Alexander Henry's 2D Yuletide)
Lining fabric (Robert Kaufman Ivory Solid)
Pom Pom trim (Apple)
20cm hanging ribbon
Co-ordinating colour thread
1. Download your template. Join it together, and cut it out. Then take your fat quarters, fold them in half, and cut two templates out of each fabric.
3. Cut notches in all your curves. This will reduce the bulk in your seams and make for smoother curves once it's the right way out.
5. Along the top edge, slip the pom poms inside, bobbles down, lining up the woven edge with the top of the fabrics. Pin into place. Don't worry if you find this a little fiddly - it's not just you! Carefully sew around the edge, keeping as close to the pompoms as possible. What you want is to sew over the strings, and have the entire woven ribbon in the seam allowance. If once you've done you can't see all the ribbon, over-sew it a little lower. Leave a 3" gap for turning.
Making this stocking makes me think of the stockings I used to get when I was younger. I loved the fact that I always got the same things in my stocking every year. A few surprises, maybe, but I could guarantee that every year I would get a mini can of coke, a small orange, moisturiser, and a multipack of blank cassette tapes. There was something comforting in always getting these. In fact, I'm pretty sure I still got the tapes long after tapes had been superseded by CD's - but I loved it. It meant I could record my CDs and play them in my car, which was years off having a CD player. Record/Play. What did you get in your stockings? Was it different every year? The same? Do you remember a really good stocking present?
I also have another random stocking tradition. I probably shouldn't share this one, but in the spirit of giving, and all that. I don't get a stocking unless I shout out the window "I believe in Father Christmas!" at the top of my voice. After all, if I don't believe in him, he can't give me a stocking, right? I still do it now, only I make mum do it with me.
My brother told me he remembers one year a drunk man walking past and shouting back "Me too!"