Stockings for Kids

Stockings for Kids - Quilting

Earlier this month I received an email from Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts asking if I wanted to be involved very special stocking drive. Lyanna is a quilter and a blogger, but in “real life” she works with the Bair Foundation and every Christmas they provide stockings for foster children. Normally the kids get construction paper and yarn stockings that are thrown out after being used. As I was reading her email, I think this was the point where my heart broke a little bit. I guess I just took for granted the fact that every year when I was growing up, I had the same stocking (that my mom made for me). In fact, I still use it when I am at my parents house during the holidays. So of course, I didn’t hesitate in saying I would love to make a stocking and blog about the stocking drive.

Stockings for Kids is Lyanna’s effort to gather 50 handmade stockings before December 1st. You can see more information on her blog and in the Flickr group. There is a blog hop going on where you can find tutorials on how to make stockings or add different features, like the cuff on the top. (I followed that one, it was great!) There are even prizes!

Stockings for Kids - Cuff

For my stocking, I didn’t use a pattern but simply took one of our stockings and traced it with a 1/4″ extra on each side to take into account the seam allowance. I pieced strips of Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play fabric and threw in a bit of Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow and some red Kei Honeycomb. The front of the stocking is like a quilt. It has a back, batting and the pieced front. I quilted it with straight lines about 1/2″ apart. The back of the stocking is a solid green.

Stockings for Kids

Then I followed Allison’s tutorial on assembly with a cuff and lining. The cuff fabric is also from the Children at Play line. Easy peasy!

I put together a little collage of inspiration from Flickr. I hope you will consider making a stocking for these kids, it is such a great cause!

Stocking Inspiration
1. Tutorial for christmas stocking!, 2. Handmade Christmas Stockings, 3. the stockings are hung, 4. stockings, 5. Patchy Stockings, 6. Color play., 7. stockings, 8. sachets squirrels and stockings, 9. stockings, 10. stockings front, 11. Xmas stockings, 12. Stripey Stocking

100 Quilts for Kids

One of the best things about the quilting community is the charity that many quilters take part in. Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt is leading up a great effort to see how many quilts we can donate to children in need.

100 Quilts for Kids is an initiative that runs from September 15 thru October 14. The goal is to make a crib or toddler sized quilt and donate it to the charity of your choice. During this month, you will have the opportunity to link to a photo of your donation on Katie’s blog and Aunt Spicy’s blog and be entered to win some fabulous prizes! (Including a few copies of my Off Centered Squares quilt pattern).

I’m not affiliated with any of the following, but some ideas of places to donate quilts…Project Linus, central Texas wildfire quilt collection organized by Modern Day Quilts, Wrap Them in Love Foundation, Newborns in Need, your local women’s shelter or your local hospital. If you are still stumped, check with your local quilt shop and I am sure they know of organizations in your area that need donations.

I plan on donating a quilt and hope you will join me!