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Christmas stocking

Merry Christmas everyone!

I’m not really sure if Christmas stockings are common in Sweden in general but it’s always been a tradition in my family. During my childhood, my parents would always surprise me with a present from Santa in my Christmas stocking on the morning on Christmas eve. This year, I wanted to surprise my husband with a Christmas stocking of his own (and of course a small present :) ).

While he was at work, I made this stocking from some burlap that was leftover from the Christmas tree sack and decorations and some red linen I had in my fabric pile. The pattern is drafted based on a picture of an actual knitted stocking that I found on Google.


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Sack for the Christmas tree and Christmas decoration

Normally, we would buy a traditional Christmas tree that would occupy a large part of our living room but this year’s Christmas tree looks a bit different compared to previous years. The reason is of course lack of space. Where we’d normally put the tree, there is now a changing table and a baby stroller. The obvious solution was to find a really slim tree that we could squeeze in beside the changing table! And that is why we bought a modern and scrawny looking Atlas cedar as this year’s Christmas tree.

The Atlas cedar is actually a potted plant that can be replanted outdoors later on. In order to protect the floor in our apartment, we got a large plastic bucket that we could put the pot in. However, that bucket looked quite far from “Christmas-y” and after reading a catalogue from the fabric store “Stoff & Stil”, I was inspired to make a sack for the ugly bucket and some nice fabric hearts as Christmas decorations. The materials needed for this project was red and beige striped burlap, string to tie the sack together, thread, padding for the hearts and a bit of gold/beige yarn as hangers for the hearts.

To save some fabric, I decided to make the sack with a circular base and a large rectangle to go around it. I first measured the diameter of the bucket and added a bit of extra to make the sack a bit more fluffy. After that, I took a piece of pattern paper, folded it twice and with a pen and a ruler marked the radius +1cm for seam allowance. Based on the radius, I calculated the circumference of the circle and then cut out a rectangular piece (with seam allowance included).sack_for_christmas_tree_5When sewing, always try to sew the “flat things” first which is why I started with the top hem of the sack. After that, sew the rectangle into a tube and attach the tube to the circle. This was one of the easier things I’ve made in a long time :)

The pattern for the hearts can be found here.


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Fabric scraps and gift wrapping

First of all, I’d like to wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy holidays!

One thing I’ve always liked about Christmas is wrapping gifts. Every year since I was a kid, I used to spend hours wrapping up the gifts. I enjoy that almost as much as receiving gifts myself ;)

For those of you who are doing some last-minute shopping or haven’t wrapped up your gifts already, I’ve got a quick and easy tip. Use some old fabric scraps to wrap them! If the cloth piece is large enough, use it as wrapping paper or just use it as ribbon.I really like how the string on the front gift resembles and obijime and the green fabric scrap an obi sash on top of the Christmasy “kimono” (a.k.a. regular wrapping paper).