We have a new person in the family, and so we needed another Christmas stocking (not that Phoebe is going to get gifts this Christmas - she will only be 8 months old). To goad myself, I threw the old stockings away last January, with the intention of making new stockings well before this Christmas. I cleverly remembered this goad a few weeks ago. I briefly abandoned stockings entirely, but oh my word that didn't last long because the children consider this A Tradition and furthermore, Ben considers a soft fuzzy stocking A Tradition and he shed tears over his missing stocking. It is always a mystery what details of family life the children will latch onto as Traditions!
I didn't have any fleece left from the previous stockings, nor was it a smart choice because of its stretch. So I returned to my favorite medium of thrift and creativity: patchwork.
After a lot of rumination, I decided to identify the stockings by each person's favorite color. So the patchwork is mostly red, a little green, and then a few splashes of the person's color. I chose yellow for Phoebe ("but Mom, what if she has a different favorite color?!"). Ben has green, Genevieve has pink, I have turquoise, and my husband has black and as plain as possible.
Ben was still severely, vocally, disappointed in his non-soft stocking. I had to pick up some red double-fold bias tape to finish off the tops and wouldn't you know, when I flew into the tiny crazy sewing shop downtown to buy some, all they had in red double-fold was fleece binding. Fleece! I didn't know fleece binding existed! Ben was placated with the soft top of his stocking, I was relieved, and the stockings are hung with care. And some of them have delightful lumps in them already.