Well, a few of you may have already seen this post title, but when you clicked on it, you got my Friday post instead. Yeah, that was a doozy on my part. You see, I still have not mastered typing on my Mac, and some how, some way, the post was published . . . while I was working on it! This shorthand crap bothers me sometimes. So onto tha good stuff! (yeah, that "a" was intentional)
I participated in Prudent Baby's Put a Serger in My Stocking contest for a chance to win a Project Runway serger. A free serger for making a stocking?? Yes please. Well, I didn't win the serger. Boo! Now, it would be a total lie if I said that I was not bummed . . . or that I did not cry that night . . . or that I did not feel somewhat depressed the next day. (Come on. A freakin' $900 serger was at stake, and I don't own a serger nor the dough to buy one) I am happy though that I did make the top 10, and I won fabric from Birch. I love Birch fabrics, and I did a post on them here.
The stocking process was quite the experience. I really thought this would be an easy project for me since I can figure things out and sew. I mean, it's a stocking, right?!? How hard could that be? Well, it was difficult for me. I have a new found respect for pattern designers. I think I cut out four different designs done by me until I got the pattern I wanted.
From the very beginning, I knew I wanted a reversible stocking. I also had the idea to make it baby's first Christmas on one side, and then a more grown up version on the other. So the kid could have a stocking that "grows" with him or her.
Here's what I sketched up. (Maybe Owen sketched this??)
I also knew I wanted to incorporate my screen printing skills. I drew a deer with the help of a vector, and I filled it in with circles. I love circles. I have drawn this shape continuously for as long as I know. I even filled an entire 8.5" x 11" piece of paper with tiny circles one day while working at a dental office. Yes, I was bored. At the office. I just love the repetitive motion. Anywho, I sketched up this deer, and I showed you guys a sneak peak of it here. I used my printing skillz to apply the deer to my fabric. Let's take a closer look at my masterpiece.
I thought it turned out well. The deer side was going to be the "grown up" side, but as I progressed into the stocking, I realized this deer was too sophisticated for any tweenster. I had to change gears. Oh, I failed to mention that at this point I already went through two different designs for the baby side of the stocking. I decided to stick with the deer because let's face it. It was just awesome. I had to get rid of the baby idea, so I was left with what I had on hand. (Not gonna run another trip to Joann with a tot in tow) I picked up the perfect cotton ticking in red and white my last trip, so I was going to use that.
I wanted the deer to be the showstopper, and I didn't want my stocking to be sophisticated on both sides. So I chose to make the other side a slipcovered style stocking. I added Ric-Rac to the top to give it a little detail.
I didn't think of adding a zipper until three days prior to the deadline. (I notoriously race against time.) A zipper was a nice touch because I have many memories of stocking stuffers not fitting. It had to be invisible on the sophisticated side. Anything else would just conflict with its style. Did I mention that this would be my FIRST installation of any kind of zipper? What was I thinking?? It turned out fine in the end. :)
The one requirement from the contest was the stocking had to have jersey or knit. It could be as little as trim or as much as the whole stocking. I cut up my homemade Moby wrap and made a poinsettia. The jersey I owned was gray, so I had to dye it red. I used satin buttons from my wedding dress for the pistillates. (yeah, I had to google the anatomy :) I also made it detachable for more styling options. I thought it turned out well.
That is how my stocking came about. Two weeks later, no sleep, and neglecting my family, I have this adorable stocking. Oh and fabric from Birch.
Now let's look at the whole shebang.
If you are interested in seeing the rest of the top 9 stockings along with the winner at Prudent Baby, you can see them here, but I will give you a sneak peak at the winner. ;)
A HUGE shout out to Amanda B. for letting me borrow her gorgeous home for some of the photos. Thank you!!
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