Friday, December 22, 2006

Removable Stocking Liners

If you are a regular reader here you know I have spent quite a bit of time over the past year making heirloom, appliqued stockings for my daughter and her husband. The stockings were time consuming and a lot of work. My plan is to make one for each of my children as they leave home, another for their spouses, and one for each grandchild that is born.

The stockings are supposedly hand washable, but they are made of felt and are heavily embroidered, beaded, and sequined. To preserve the stockings over the years, I came up with the idea of making removable liners.

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These liners would keep fuzz off the Christmas candy (VERY important according to my daughter), while at the same time protecting the inside of the stocking. I also made them removable so that the decorative (and labor intense!) outer stocking could be carefully packed away, safe from sticky fingers and melting chocolate, after Santa makes his visit. The inner liner would be used to store the hoarded goodies.

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A ribbon creates a drawstring casing which is threaded with a shoelace. This provides a way of closing the top. Embroidered names sort out whose is whose so no post-Christmas battles ensue.

Here, as a reminder, are the more decorative outer stockings.

My daughter's.
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And her husband's.
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I have enough ribbon and the shoe laces tucked away to make the liner for the third stocking, which I will start in March when our granddaughter is born. :-)


kristo said...

the liners look perfect! :-)
thanks mom!

Maggie Ann said...

So its a granddaughter you are sweet!! Your stocking liners are beautiful. Your hands work magic...=). Merry Christmas!

Carrie said...

Uh Oh - My two-year-old got so excited when she saw your stockings! And they are beautiful. But I know that I don't know how to do that! When I tried to post a comment, she said, "Give me my deer back!" Heehee. And the stocking liners are a great idea. Good - no, excellent job!

Marlene said...

Don't be afraid to try new things Carrie. The Mary Maxim kits for the stockings have all the directions. They ARE time consuming, but not difficult.

For the liners I just used the plain back of the Mary Maxim stocking as a pattern, added seam allowances and a simple hem at the top. A ribbon sewn on the outside creates a casing to thread the shoe lace through. Very basic sewing skills involved. It could even be done by hand if you don't have a sewing machine.