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



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    October 21, 2011

    What a great thing to hear about! Go you!

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    October 21, 2011

    I joined up yesterday! I think it’s a wonderful idea. =)

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    October 21, 2011

    I finally took fabric inventory yesterday to do this on Sunday… I think I need to make two after reading this story. So sad, I can’t imagine growing up with out even a Christmas stocking.

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    October 21, 2011

    What a great cause! and I love your stocking- such fun fabric choices!

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    October 21, 2011

    Happy Birthday Faith!

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      October 21, 2011

      Thanks Mom 🙂

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    October 21, 2011

    Cuuute… but you’re going to think I’m stalking you and copying everything you do. 😉

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    October 21, 2011

    How pretty :o) I would love to join up for this, I’d love to join up for every charitable thing I’ve seen, but a bunch of quilt blocks aside (already completed and sent), I have had to get realistic that I just do not have time by the deadlines, most of which are before Christmas :o( Now if I could talk my boss into letting me bring the machine into work, maybe, but I fear I’d have to come up with a seriously imaginative reason as to why a software test lead in a bank needs a sewing machine. I could possibly argue that it would help me keep my sanity, but I suspect he may not go for it.

    Oh, and looking above at your mum’s post, happy birthday, hope it’s a great one!

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    October 22, 2011

    What a wonderful cause. I’d love to contribute, so I’ll head over and check it out right now!

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    October 22, 2011

    Very cute stocking – well done!

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    October 23, 2011

    HI , as a person who has fostered inthe UK for over 4 years I can say that the sense of belonging when a child in your care receives a stocking is tremendous. For some it means they are not just “dumped” with you and that you do care . Many of these children are already very guarded and careful of people beraring gifts so the magic of an unconditional stocking hanging is significant.
    As a keen sewer I spend a lot of time making special quilts for my young people as well as other projects and I can say that anyone who contributes to this program will make a huge difference. Good luck and god speed.

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    October 23, 2011

    This is great! I wasn’t able to join in when craft hope was doing stockings, I’m hoping I will have time to make some for this – what a great cause. Thanks for letting us know about it!


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