I had a walk around the shops yesterday, not because I wanted to BUY anything, but just to look in the hopes that I might gain some ideas for Christmas pressies to make for my friends and family.

Every year I love to hang our homemade Christmas stockings and look forward to Santa filing them with small but meaningful gifts.

You can guess which one is mine!  Made many years ago in a shoe fetish phase it gets no end of comments and compliaments from holiday visitors, many are envious and want a pair of real ones to match!

What bothered me most as I went up and down the aisles was the amount of plastic, fake and unthoughtful (is that a word?) decorations.

All together it was a bit disappointing so this morning while finishing up my Irish breakfast tea, I indulged in some Pinteresting.

So to give you some inspiration for holiday stocking projects from recycled tea shirts, jeans, tea towels and such, here is a selection of the ones that really sparked my creative interest.  I’d love to know what you think in the comments below.

 

These cute stockings are made from sweaters.
These cute stockings are made from sweaters.

 

From a pair of worn out jeans
From a pair of worn out jeans

 

even a tea towel!
even a tea towel!

 

This one is seriously cute BUT isn't really made out of an old Converse, BUT it could be!
This one is seriously cute BUT isn’t really made out of an old Converse, BUT it could be!

 

Giddy up, for the horse lover in the family
Giddy up, for the horse lover in the family

 

a grain sack and some lace.
a grain sack and some lace.

 

The real thing!
The real thing!

Yes last but not least is the real thing, a pair of socks.  Who would have thought.

Well I hope that provided you with some inspiration to get your sewing machines out and get creative with the things you already have on hand.  I can bet that in years to come these will be favoured ornaments of the holiday season, long after the baubles tarnish, the plastic fades and becomes brittle and the glitter on the tinsel dulls these homemade with love stockings will evoke memories, stories and be passed to the next generation.

 

Love

Julia

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