Make It New: Pajama Stockings

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

As you now know, I make lists before I buy anything. A Christmas stocking for Siena tops my latest list. By some mind trick, instead of that retail therapy high I used to get from buying things, I now get a rush from finding ways to NOT buy things.    Joe jokingly said I should just use some of her old baby clothes piled up in the garage to make a stocking.  An excellent idea, hubs!

I took a brown receiving blanket, an Aiden and Anais swaddle blanket, and an outgrown terrycloth pajama, hacked them up, and then created this little Mary Jane stocking.


1) I really like the idea of "upcycling", but I think it will get some getting used to.  Cutting up those blankets and pajamas just felt so wrong, kinda like hacking into raw meat for the first time.  Sometimes destruction is necessary to make something useful again. 

2) I suck at machine sewing!  My goodness, I cannot sew a straight line for the life of me.  It feels like walking an untrained dog and getting pulled every which way. At one point, I just switched to hand-stitching because it was faster and less frustrating.  Wish grown-up Kristin could tell high school Kristin to forgo cheerleading and take sewing instead. Now, does anyone know of any good online sewing classes? 

3)  I cried as I made this stocking.  I remember just months ago wrapping her up like a little burrito with the blankets.  I could have fit tiny newborn Sisi in that stocking completely, but next Christmas she'll be able to wear it like a knee sock. 

In conclusion, I'm not big on the color combo, it doesn't match our traditional Christmas decor at all, and the stitching is completely amateur, but I love this little stocking because it's made of memories.  And here's where I offer you some wine with my cheese.  :)


Marysia December 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

I love it! It's a great way to save those precious items for years to come. My mom would be proud. I sewed a tablecloth once (keyword once) and refuse to take up her sewing passion because of it, so I am sure she would love to pass on her love of sewing to you if you'd like...

Lacey December 7, 2011 at 2:20 AM  

I love it - it's even more special because of the material you used. I agree, cutting in perfectly good clothes is pretty nerve wracking. As for sewing .... I can't profess to be the best at straight lines either, but it's a practice thing. Lining up the material with the edge of the foot or a guideline is the most helpful thing for me.

Rachel December 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM  

So sweet, Kris!

And I am still way more comfortable hand sewing than machine sewing. Unless I only have to do straight lines, which the machine is awesome for. But the majority of my projects are 100% handstitched - so much easier to control!

AutumnsFancy December 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM  

Very cute! I am putting a word in for machine stitching here. I hand stitched the binding on my queen sized quilt, and quickly decided that I will never hand stitch a binding again. I want more instant gratification...

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