Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pet Stockings

"Sew" I don't know if you hang stockings for your pets. But I do. We've always hung them up for our dogs and cats. I mean the kids would ask, "What's Sparks going to get from Santa?" And so the tradition began. But, I can't stand those mesh stockings you get at the pet store. I mean I would be ashamed to hang those up for my little loved one...even if that loved one is an animal. And, there are so many wonderful fabrics out there that why not make it yourself?

Here's how to do it. First you pick out a pattern that suits you. Don't you love these little paw print polar fleece pieces?

And, you only need a tiny piece (maybe an 1/8th of a yard - I always get extra cuz I worry about making mistakes and want to have extra on hand - just in case and still 1/8th is plenty).

I always have my ironing board up and at the ready when I sew. It's easy to fit the pieces together and iron them down to make sure they fit.

Then you simply put right sides together and stitch around the edges (that's the important thing to remember - when you're cutting out the stocking, you have to have about 1/8 to 1/4 inch extra around the entire edge - for the seam allowance).  Flip the stocking right sides out and "WAH-LAH" the stocking is ready.

I also sew a little handle on my stockings to hang them. And I tie a pretty ribbon through the loop to fasten the stocking to the hook or bannister.

As a last little embellishment, I add a jingle-bell to every toe of every stocking I hang in my house.

For these two stockings - the names were professionally embroidered. I know, I could have done it but time is running out...and the mall has a little kiosk that does custom orders in about 20 minutes :D

Now, that's "sew" simple ;D


The Happy Whisk said...

Love the little paw prints. Back when I worked at the fabric shoppe, paw prints were popular in the tie blanket days.

Fun stuff.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Cute. The other day G mentioned that our poor dog has no stocking.

Kim Kasch said...

THW: I think it would be so much fun to work at a fabric shoppe :D I love to go in there and feel the fabric - I know, I'm a freak.

GG: You should make one. They are seriously EZ! I put little treats and toys in the pet stockings and it's fun to give the dog a bone when we're opening presents on Christmas morning. :D

The Happy Whisk said...

We all did that too. Something about fabric. Although, some of the sizing would make me itch. Or at least I think it was called sizing.

Itchy, itchy stuff.

Rena and Denny said...

Those are awesome stockings, Kim. We have always had them for our pets as well. Right now we just have the two cats, so we have a kitty stocking hung up. Our 4 kid's stockings are on the mantle, but it's not very long, so Rick & I have ours hanging from the lower part of the fireplace. That's where the cats' goes too. We even have a bunch of little ones from "pets of the past". ;)

Kim Kasch said...

Rena: I love the Pets of the Past - Gone but Not Forgotten!