A Christmas Surprise REVEALED!

25 12 2017

So, I’ve done this thing for my kiddos where I’ve hand made stockings for them.

One of my 18yo daughters came to us a little later in her life, and I wanted to make sure she had a handmade stocking, too.

Unfortunately, life isn’t as simple as it once seemed. My body can no longer do the same things it used to, so it took me longer to get this done. I also had to think outside the box.

I can no longer do the needlework, but I can make my Silhouette Cameo sing and boy did it. Here’s the “symphony” we created together.

There’s a pattern for the stocking. I had my Cameo cut it out for me.

I pulled different files from the Silhouette Design store and created the scene which I cut out of HTV. It’s kind of hard to see it in this picture, but the HTV is glittery ๐Ÿ™‚

This was my first HTV project, so I was a little nervous about applying the vinyl to the stocking front. But I watched a lot of videos and did my research. I even cut out test pieces and applied them before I tried this. Luckily, it worked ๐Ÿ™‚

The next step was sewing the stocking pieces together so it actually held things. I was nervous, but I managed to get through it and the sewn part turned out better than I thought it would. But I didn’t have very high expectations of myself, so that made it easier ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me just stop here and say, I am not a seamstress. My husband has actually used the words, “I rue the day I bought you that thing.” (Meaning the sewing machine).

After creating the stocking I hand stitched the bling around the top and closed up that top seam (I left it until last to make sure I had enough space for her name. Math and numbers aren’t my strong suit). Last, I added a few sparkly things to the snowflakes and parts of the scene.

She saw it for the first time this morning. The look on her face was worth all the recuts and all the extra rolls of HTV I had to buy because I kept messing up.

She was truly surprised and really liked it.

To me, that’s the best part of Christmas. Giving of yourself and seeing someone’s joy later. And that giving can come in many forms, not just a glittery stocking. AND, even better, it’s something we can do all year.

So Merry Christmas my friends. May you feel the love of those around you and give it freely to those whose paths you cross.

Xoxo

Links to project pieces:

Stocking pattern (there are directions, but I did my own thing.)

Church, Snowflake scroll, Saying


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6 responses

25 12 2017
The Morning Scrapper

This is gorgeous! Wonderful gift! Thanks for the inspirational story as I canโ€™t sew at all. I just received the new Cameo 3 and inspired to learn new ways to use it! Thanks for a wonderful Christmas post!

25 12 2017
ajdurrant

Thank you for such kind words!
I love my Cameo. If you have questions, let me know. I’ll help if I can. If you haven’t found them yet, there are plenty of tutorials online, too. Another good resource is Silhouette school blog.
Happy crafting!

3 02 2018
Sherry Kushibab

Saved a copy of this when I saw it posted originally. Hope to be inspired to redo our stockings this next Christmas.

3 02 2018
ajdurrant

Awesome! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
Another option is to save your design to be used with an embroidery machine. That was my original plan – a friend was going to use hers. But life gets crazy. But Iโ€™m glad I got to switch to the HTV idea. I love the sparkle in the vinyl that I donโ€™t think I could have gotten with embroidery ๐Ÿ™‚

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