How to Sew Christmas Stockings

I recently made my family’s first Christmas stockings, and I thought I’d go through a step by step tutorial, to show you how I sewed our sweater stockings. It’s my baby girl’s first Christmas this year, and I wanted to have her first ever stocking hanging by the tree before Christmas day. Somehow amidst the sleepless nights we’ve been having, I managed to finish all three of our stockings just in the nick of time.

Here’s how I did it!

Things you’ll need:

Sweaters- (I thrifted ours from our local Goodwill)

Quilting Thread- (this is the kind I used: Quilting Thread)

A paper bag – or you could use this pattern

Pins- I like these pins because they don’t get lost in the thickness of the sweater


Basic Sewing Kit

Sewing Machine- My sister let me borrow hers this one is similar

To Accessorize/Personalize:

Pom Poms, Tassels, Felt (etc) Whatever suits your fancy!

Thick String or Yarn to create your loop to hang your stockings

OK now that we’ve covered what you’ll need to make the stockings, here’s how I made mine, step by step:

First, pin your stocking outline down onto your sweater, you can use an old stocking to trace your new one, or use the pattern above. Pin through only one layer of the sweater. Then, once you’ve got your sweater outline in place, cut your stocking out of your sweater. Repeat the process until you have both the front and back of the stocking, and pin them INSIDE OUT together.

Thread your bobbin, sewing machine and get your seam ripper just in case!

Second, begin sewing your pinned stocking. Start at the very top of your stocking, back stitch a few times to ensure the threading won’t come undone. Continue sewing the rest of the stocking until you reach the top. Back stitch again, take all of your pins out and turn the stocking outside in. Check to make sure the stitching looks secure on the top part of the stocking, where you’ve back stitched on both sides.

Third, sew on your accessories. I used a pom pom garland I found at my local Michaels. I then hand stitched them together with some of my own pom poms I found. Be sure to use the quilting thread as it’s much thicker than normal thread. I combined a few of my favorite pom poms and stitched them onto the stocking. After completing my details, I stitched on my loop for my stockings, in the right corner just inside the stocking.

Fun fact: we use Nutcrackers to display our Christmas stockings just add a hook and ta-da, stocking holders! I love picking different Nutcrackers for each member of the family.

And Waaa La. There you have it, the simplest stocking tutorial known to mankind. If you have any questions please leave a comment below, or contact me! I would love to see a picture of your stocking! Leave me a comment below with your stocking, or any tips you may have when making a stocking.




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Moving the Pieces

23120026_2037633509805420_8503133926943402732_oI usually attempt to summarize the past 12 months come December each year. I don’t always share what’s been going on, or what the year consisted of, but I’d like to begin to do so. Even if it’s on paper first, and archived just for me, I love reflecting and exercising gratitude.

This year I have come to grips with the fact that I am quite honestly, an impatient person, if not the most impatient person. I think I’ve cried more (both happy, and hurt) tears this year, than any other year of my life. I’ve been wrestling with a lot, and I don’t think it’s even shown to the depth it’s impacted my heart.

This year I became a mama. Not just a mama, my sweet Opal Brightly’s mama. She rocked my world, stole my whole heart, and patched a hole only God knew needed patching. I have so much freaking love for her, I’m literally tearing up. I cannot express the deep, deep, overwhelming gratitude I have for her. She has brought so much LIGHT, love, and clarity to me. She has the most fiery spirit, gentlest eyes, and the most precious heart. Truly she does. I can’t tell you how many people, both strangers and friends that have told me how genuinely BEAUTIFUL, she is. And believe me, I know. I know because I see so much of the LOVE Christ has instilled in her little beating heart. She exudes the kind of sweetness I only wish I could glisten. And you guys, I know she’s mine, and I’m biased, but for real she has this look, the kind that makes friends right away. She makes my heart swell with so much pride, and love, because I have the privilege of being her mama. She has been by far the best thing about this entire year, and probably my entire life, aside from marrying my husband, and being baptized.

Wyatt and I celebrated 3 YEARS of marriage in early October. I can’t believe it’s already been 3 years. I’ve known him my whole life practically, but this year, becoming parents and experiencing so much change and growth, I feel that I’ve married him all over again. I am so beyond thankful for you, Wyatt. No one has loved me with the kind of sacrifice and gentleness like you have this past year. Wyatt you are the most patient when I have least deserved it, and the most reassuring person I’ve ever known in my life. Beyond that you are the best daddy to our Opal, and the best husband to me. Thank you for giving me 3 years of all of you, for all of life, in every season, every disagreement, and every hurdle we’ve overcome, and have yet to face. Thank you for going above and beyond, for letting me go to Target when I feel like it, encouraging me to write my book, for being my personal artist, and for always holding me in your arms. There’s so much more that I could say, but that’s where I’ll start. XO.

I dealt with some really hard baby blues during Opal’s first 4 months of life, I never anticipated that to occur or that I’d deal with that, but I did and it was by far one of the hardest things for me this year. I’ve come through it with so much more appreciation for my health, and my mental state. I am grateful I didn’t have anything worse than a few hard months.

Opal went to Disneyland for the first time this year, at just a whopping 2 months old! I think she would enjoy a lot more at this stage, but it was an adventure nonetheless!

Wyatt starts his last year of classes this January, to complete his Bachelor at WSU. I am so proud of him for conquering his classes, accomplishing his goals, and making our family’s dreams come to life.

Opal is about to start crawling/walking any time now, and I am so excited but also trying to hold back those tears of my baby becoming a toddler. She can say mama, dada, hi, and mmm. She started waving this month, and basically thinks I’m the funniest person ever. I am pretty much obsessed with her little giggle. Opal gives the sweetest hugs, somehow I feel my dad’s gentleness through them.

I am the boring one in the bunch but I’m hoping to get back into writing and begin exploring nutrition/type one diabetes education. I am passionate about my battle with #t1d and I’m so grateful for the awakening I had when I became pregnant with Opal. It’s changed my mindset, my health, and my well-being. #grateful

I am anticipating one of the best years yet come 2018. I know it’s going to be filled with change, opportunity, growth and goodness. I know God is continuing to move the pieces in my life, and reveal more of the truth that needs to be said, lived, and contentment that resides in simplicity. I can hear the Savior say, “there is no room for you here satan”, and that couldn’t reign more true for me. For this new year, for this life.

So from my heart to yours, here’s a glimpse into our year, and a new beginning to come this beautiful new year of 2018!

Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from this year!