Saturday, December 24, 2011
I have a friend spending Christmas with us, so I made her a quick stocking from some scrap fabric I had. I traced around one of the stockings I already had, sewed the black part together, then added the cuff, then topstitched it to secure the inside, and turned the cuff over. Only then did I realize I had no way of hanging the stocking!
No worries, though--I used a bit of ribbon stuck on with a safety pin. Yes, this is probably the most rapidly-put-together stocking in the history of stockings, but it will do the job!
It's finished! I don't love the shape, but it pretty much matches the stockings I already had, so I guess that's okay.
But now that it has a hanging loop, I still have no stocking holder for it. That's why I love Command hooks. I laid one on the shelf and hooked the stocking to it. Nice invisible stocking hanger!
Just so you know, glass ornaments and tile floors don't mix. I was taking the price tags off the pair of pretty little bird ornaments I had gotten for the family ornament exchange when I dropped one. It bounced, then shattered. Sad. I was going to go and get a replacement, but I didn't really want to go shopping two days before Christmas. Then I remembered some partially-made ornaments I'd found in my projects-in-progress when I was organizing my craft room.
You take a styrofoam ball, yo-yos made from gold lame, and some pearl beads. The trusty hot glue gun is, of course, a given.
Stick the yo-yos to the ball, then put a pearl in the center of each one, as well as the intersections where 3 yo-yos come together.
Add a ribbon hanger, and you have a pretty, sparkly ornament!
Here's the Christmas tree corner the way it looks now--three stockings and lots of presents!
I didn't have labels, so I made some out of stamped cardstock. Some are tag-shaped, and some are diamonds. I hung some on with ribbon, and just taped others. I'm really pleased with how they came out! That said, I'll be sure to get some tags at the after-Christmas sales. I don't always have time enough to make something creative for every single gift I'm giving!