Monday, October 20, 2008

Whether we want to believe it or not, the holidays are swiftly approaching. I've been thinking about it a lot in recent weeks. The anticipation is always great for me, but this year even more than usual. This will be the first Christmas morning in a decade that The Princess has been home and a real celebration is in order.
We started making some of our plans a few weeks ago. Of course, we will follow as many of our traditions as possible - most of which revolve around cooking and eating or baking and eating with some more eating thrown in just for fun. Still there is such joy in waking on Christmas morning, lighting the tree, starting a fire in the fireplace, holiday music in the background playing as we open the gifts that are piled beneath the tree.
But honestly, we don't need piles of gifts under the tree to make the day special. So we sat down as a family and talked about gift giving this year - keeping them simple, small and from the heart. I came up with the idea of making a variety of stockings to use in lieu of gift wrapping.
I got started making some yesterday afternoon. It was a whole lot of fun. The next batch I'll draw out a different size and shape sock. The intent is not to make heirlooms so the applique is fusible with a machine blanket stitch. The goal is to have about a dozen for under the tree with a few more gifts that will travel.
Just think, no wrapping to buy, no bows to be crushed, no tape stuck to your fingers. I'm using up scraps from my stash and we will be able to use them again and again and again. I think we may just have a new tradition here.

40 comments:

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I think this is a BRILLIANT idea! No wrapping-I love it.

Paula said...

That's a really great idea. I hate all the waste involved in wrapping paper.

Julia said...

Wow, you are so clever! Great idea! Recycling at it's best!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

That is a WONDERFUL idea!!

dee said...

Libby, You have the best ideas. This is so sweet and the stockings look great. So old fashioned and warm. I didn't get a chance to tell you how much I LOVE the pinwheel quilt. It's a knockout!

Susie said...

What a great idea! Your stockings will just add to the festive look!
xo

Milah said...

That's a good idea! My mother makes draw-string bags for wrapping gifts. Those come in handy for all sorts of things. I think I will borrow your idea and moms this year. Hey, reduce, reuse, recycle...it's a good thing!

paula, the quilter said...

I have been making fabric drawstring gift bags. Uses stash of both fabric and trims (e.g. rat-tail cord etc for the draw string) and saves on land fill. GO GREEN!

Stephanie D. said...

The stocking idea is cute! For years we've wrapped in fabric with safety pins, buttons, bits of trim, etc. A couple of years ago I started making Christmas bags of different sizes, as DH is unable to wrap his own gifts, nor unwrap very easily with one hand.

I don't have nearly enough, but I try to make a couple every year, so the stock is growing. They look so pretty under the tree--more festive than paper and bows, in my opinion.

Guðrún said...

GREAT idea.

Judy said...

Lazy Gal Tonya has done this for years making fabric envelopes of all sizes that she hand quilts and closes with flaps and ties. I always thought it was a cool idea. Stockings are another good idea!

Joyce said...

Great idea. I hate wrapping and it seems so wasteful. I may have to make a few of them too.

MARCIE said...

Nice job Libby! They are wonderful! I love stuff like that!

Yvonne said...

I really do love them....awesome idea. I love homespun Christmas. :)

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Cutie tootie stockings!! I see that sewing corner you hooked up for yourself is paying off nicely =) I also am happy to see I am not the only Christmas elf out there getting ready for the best holiday there is!
Melissa

Carin said...

Your stockings are so cute! What a great idea!

Janet said...

Your stockings are great! What a fun idea. Your pinwheel quilt looks wonderful too.

Sherry said...

What a wonderful tradition to start...I love the idea! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Perry said...

What a neat idea!!! I need to do something along those lines, I hate the whole wrapping bit anyway. Thanks for sharing!

Screen Door said...

The snowman is my favorite!!!!Wrapping paper is a waste of the $$$.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Now that's a great idea and something that could be used for years to come and a great way to use up stash. All around a great idea. Gee how many times can I say great, LOL. I bet it's so much fun to think about the holidays with the princess home.

Hugs- Karen

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Libby! I LOVE this idea!! Soxes, no boxes!!!

Stina said...

But I love the wrapping... ;o) I love a pretty parcel...even if its waste... I do love it...
And here in Sweden we dont have christmas stockings... Have wrapped parcels in fabric for my quilty friends and that is appreciated!!
But I love your custom with the stockings...and would love to have one for myself... ;o) So you have a fantastic idea Libby..!!!

Marilyn R said...

Love the socks!Reuseable "wrapping" is great and such a time and money saver!

Angie said...

What an awesome idea, Libby! You are so creative, and we all love you for it!! :) (And you know that bunches of us will be 'borrowing' your idea, right ;D)

Candace said...

Wonderful idea - I would so much rather have something from heart and hand any old day! Cheers!

Finn said...

Hi Libby, I'm just popping in to say hello, been missing you in all my busy-iness. Love the stocking idea, they are totally charming and a great way to NOT have to buy and use wrapping paper!
The new pinwheel quilt is a beauty, you've done a great job with the re-creation. Keep on having lots of fun. Hugs, Finn

BusyLittleQuilter said...

I love that idea!

Carole said...

Cute and a great idea! One year I decorated paper mache boxes and used those as opposed to gift wraping! It was fun looking for fabrics to use. Love you pinwheel quilt! Of course I had to look for the humily block! lol It blends in well! ;o) Enjoy planning! Sometimes I think it's the best part! cheers!

Carole said...

ps: Santa has been know to leave presents at my home wraped in a yard of fabric! ;o) One year the fairies from our old Oak tree left a book for dd wrapped in the most beautiful fairy fabric I had even seen! ;o)

Wendy said...

That a great idea, I've been thinking of making bags for years but never got around to it. Your stocking seem more interesting.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Very cute Libby. I have so many patterns for stockings. One year I made a ton of them too for gift giving. Maybe I need to get cracking again. Your are wonderful.

Catherine said...

The stockings are a fabulous idea and the ones you've made so far are great!

QuiltingFitzy said...

I've just gotten messages from 2 of my girls on my Facebook...DD#1 posts, "I want Stained Glass candy for Christmas!" DD#2 then posts, "Then I want Peppermint white chocolate!"

I guess they're not such monsters afterall, it used to be "I want a new Nintendo, or bike, or pony!"

New traditions are as important as the old ones. That way you can keep the good ones! Great idea for your stockings.

Darlene said...

Wonderful idea and they are adorable!

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Rabbit Stitchings said...

Great idea and so cute!!!

Shasta said...

That is a very smart idea to make wrapping that is reusable. I use gift bags but I've used them for several years, so the family has gotten tired of seeing them again and again.

Karen said...

Good idea for a new tradition. I am all for making Christmas gift giving easier and more simple.

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

The stockings are adorable and a very 'green' way to give! Hope you'll keep posting them as you go along. :)