My grandma and my aunt are some of the hardest people to shop for on my Christmas list. They have everything they want, they are so contented with what they do have, and expecially my grandma seems to be just as happy with not getting anything or a little card as she does with any present any of us have picked out. And yet, they are so generous with everyone else- always doing more for us than we would expect. The last two years I made my grandma snickerdoodles, which are her favorite cookies, and she raved about them for months afterwards. This year I plan on continuing the tradition, but I wanted something else a little special. I started embroidering these little motifs from a little book my mom got me years ago called Hollyberry Stitcheries– which I’ve used to make several other homemade gifts in the past as well. They go together really quickly, considering they’re supposed to be “primitive” so stitch length, etc, doesn’t really matter. I dug around in my fabric bins out in the garage and came across some red quilt blocks I must have made quite a long time ago because I don’t even remember them, and I pieced together a few more from squares already cut for that same project, whatever it was. For my aunt’s stocking I used the stitchery as the top accent and for my grandma’s I used the arm of a sweater that is too small. I loved that sweater and didn’t want to give it up, even though I knew it wouldn’t fit again, so I am so glad I could selvage part of it for a gift!
The backs are plain green fabric with little stars on them and I used cotton quilt batting to pad the middle of them. For the straps I ripped a few strips of red and green fabric, braided them together, then affixed them to the stockings with a big vintage button. They’re all finished now, and I’ve got a few smallish tins that are ready to be filled with cookies and slipped right inside! What a fun quick project that was- and I hope they love them as much as I loved making them!