When I was little I think the stocking presents were my favorite part of Christmas. Stocking presents were more than just presents. I held on to my stocking wondering what wonders there were this year. Then I wold reach my little arm in and feel around for the first treasure. Once that treasure was discovered there would be another treasure. And I never knew how many treasures there would be. That was part of the mystery. When would you get to the end.
My mom Santa would always do such a great job with the presents in our stockings. Sometimes there were crafting supplies, sometimes a deck of cards, always some kind of exotic fruit like kumquats or a pomegranate.
I wanted to have that same special feeling for my kids. And I wanted to make them stockings that they would be proud to have even when they were adults. I found patterns that I just LOVE. I made Mr. Steam’s first. The pattern is Harry’s Stocking by Shepard’s Bush. I modified Santa to be an engineer, changed the colors for the train to be more realistic, and changed some of the decorations to be less frilly.
I have similar Shepard’s Bush patterns for the rest of us as well, but it has been taking me way too long to get them done. So last year I decided to sew up some simple cuffed stockings.
N LOVES monster trucks and since I had some fabric left over from another project that is what he got. He LOVES it. M was only 1 year old and didn’t really have any preferences at the time so I just used some cute teddy bear fabric. I have some Christmas Elmo fabric so I may make her a new on this year. I love all things bling. I had some cute snowman fabric with gold accents and some stripe fabric with gold accents, so that’s what I used for mine.
And of course being that the stockings are hung in the Steam house hold they have to share the fireplace hooks with genuine train lanterns.