Tunisian Christmas Stockings and Stocking Stuffers

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Enter to win a free crafty stocking stuffer for Christmas in July from My Workbasket, and see a stocking made from a 1983 pattern.

Oh the weather outside is frightful, cause it’s hot and not delightful….

 

It’s Christmas is July! The issue I’m using this month (July 1983) is heavy on Christmas projects and I’ve been waiting and waiting to do Christmas in July! Yet, here it is and July is almost gone but I’ve got SO much to share still. Today let’s discuss this:

The “Christmas Sock.” I LOVE Christmas stockings. I do. They are one of my favorite traditions.  My family of three probably owns about 20 of them. I seem to buy more every year because I find some adorable design. Picking which stockings to use this year is a big thing for us. I don’t even think we have any specific favorites. When I saw this stocking I knew I’d make it, because it’s a stocking and because it is tunisian/afghan crochet, which I also love and don’t get enough of.

I started with high hopes. As I worked the pattern my hopes fell a bit, and by the time I finished it I knew it’d probably never get used as an actual stocking. It had several problems.

  • The construction just seemed weird to me. It’s not worked in one piece, it’s done in two pieces and stitched. You work one piece top to bottom, and one bottom to top. On the first one I made (yes, I made two, more on that in a second) it didn’t line up quite right and I contributed to maker error. It was cute and lined up well enough that I was able to make it work, just not as well as I’d like. 
  • It’s SMALL. The “leg” of the stocking could maybe fit a gift-card, but you can’t really reach a hand in to pull that gift-card out. See my hand next to it for scale? Small right?
  • At the same time it’s to big to use just for a gift-card. If it was smaller you could tuck a gift-card in it and that be it and it would be adorable, but that isn’t the case here. You’d have to tuck other gifts in it to be cute and gift-worthy, but again, you can’t reach a hand in to pull the gifts out. Maybe filled with candy or something that will just shake out. It’s to big also to just use as a tree ornament instead.
  • It’s a bit odd shaped. Not awful mind you, but if I saw it in the store it wouldn’t be one I couldn’t pass up. The toe and heel both come out a bit square. and the seamed edges look odd to me where the decreases are. See them?

On the plus side it is versatile, very plain and could be embellished tons of ways. I could see it more as a doorhanger, with a sprig of holly or spray of pine needles hanging out, more than for an actual stocking.

My son asked me to customize this one and he wanted very little decoration and contrasting trim, so I did the seaming in white.

One day I sat down and to be honest forgot that I didn’t love the pattern. As I worked I quickly remembered, but decided to keep going, in case the first mistakes were my fault. They were not. I made a plain white one, and it’s just as small. The second one didn’t line up perfectly either, but did line up better than the first one. It’s all white but I intend to make a holly sprig for the toe, and make a door hanger out of it for the Christmas Season. You are supposed to crochet on a letter before seaming, which you can see in more detail here, but I left the white one plain plain and will do a larger decoration on it.

BUT What is a stocking without stocking stuffers?!?!?!?!?! I have a small crafty gadget that I LOVE and I’ve bought 5 (yes FIVE!) of them to give away to lucky readers! Just like a stocking stuffer the gadget is a surprise, but I’ll announce the five winners next week. All you have to do is comment below and tell me something about Christmas stockings! Do you love them? do you hate them? Any special memories? Ever made one? Ever attempted to make one?

5 thoughts on “Tunisian Christmas Stockings and Stocking Stuffers

  1. We lived in Europe – my parents were teachers in the schools for American military children – and when my elder brother and sister were little my parents bought for them stockings made out of red felt. My brother’s had a Santa carrying a tree appliqued and embroidered on it, and my sister’s had a little barefoot angel carrying a bell. Their names were embroidered on the white felt cuff of the stocking (cut to look a little like icicles or snow dripping down). When I came along, the stocking was copied for me, but on a plush stocking instead of a felt one, and the angel has little boots on instead and is carrying a candle. When my younger brother came along years later, another stocking was made for him; and since then my sister has made them for her husband and children, and one sister-in-law has one, too. They’re all the same basic pattern, but all a little different.

    The other thing we have is a Christmas tree pin. A student gave my mom one years ago, and I always loved it. Years later I found one in an antique shop; and then I went on the hunt. So now every woman in the family has one! 🙂

    1. Oh lovely!!! As a child we didn’t have many ongoing traditions, but I’m making up for that now! We have a ton! Are all the tree pins the same and tracked down to match? Or different styles to suit each person?

  2. We’re on our third set of family Christmas stockings. When the kids were very little I bought coordinating felt and sequin kits and made stockings from that. I really enjoyed sewing the little felt pieces together to make the decorations on them (deer, fireplaces… ). Then we had an addition to our family so new stockings were in order. I knit these in individual colors for everyone — same design, different color schemes. Those lasted several years. I just finished a set of Mary Maxim stockings. With about fifty options, everyone got to pick their own design. Hopefully these will be the last set I make. I still have the instruction books, so I can always make another one.

    1. I always have wanted to do one of those kits, I think I even have one, but they scare me! lol I find them so overwhelming.

  3. It is a weirdly shaped stocking, but I like the idea of making it a door hanger. It would be perfect stuffed with cinnamon sticks or holiday potpourri!

    I loved everyone’s Christmas tradition stories!

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