So we're on Handmade Monday 28, and I'm updating you on my son's Christmas stocking...yes I'm early with it, but wanted to get it done and out of the way so I can worry about everyone else's presents (his are bought and ready - just need to decide on a 1st birthday one for January now!). Also, starting early meant lots of spare time if something went wrong.
I started with some online instructions, but needless to say took something from each and ended up doing my own thing (meant the lining initially got sewn on the wrong way so had to unpick and redo). My mini sewing machine broke while I was making the bunting (see below), so I had to make it by hand. I really enjoyed making it - hopefully Nathaniel will be really pleased to have his own handmade stocking when he's older and it'll become part of the Christmas tradition.
I'm really pleased with it. Ok, so it's not the best finishing, and I have a lot of blank spaces on one side, but for a first go it's great. And as it's lined, hopefully it'll last forever.
This weekend also saw my handmade bunting being used at the big family party. I wish I'd had more time to use all the fabric I'd got as we could have done with a bit more of it, but it looked very professional and lots of people commented on it. It'll also be helpful for future parties and hopefully Nathaniel's christening later in the year.