Posted on Tuesday the 28th November 2017 by Thread Carefully
Welcome to the world, my new nephew baby Luke! And guess what? I’ve been working on a Christmas Stocking for you, just like your big brother’s! You are only three days old today, but I started making you this whilst you were still in your mummy’s tummy. I hope you like it!
Now, I’m going to tell you about how I made it, which you may or may not find interesting. I like sewing - it’s my main hobby. I mostly like to sew dresses for myself, as you’ll see when you get older and I’m wearing some mad fabric creations. Don’t worry though - I’ll save some for you and make you some mad pyjamas one day!
Most months, I work on a project I have chosen to do with materials provided by a company called Minerva Crafts. It helps boost sales and interest for them, and it helps me fund my costly hobby, so I like doing it. For this month I chose a Christmas stocking to make for you, for your first Christmas, which you won’t remember, but hopefully your mummy and daddy will keep the stocking safe and you’ll see it every Christmas from now on.
Two years before you were born, I made your brother Jacob the same type of stocking. You might notice that yours is a little bit different, because this time I remembered to use toy stuffing inside, so it’s nicely puffy and squidgy. I did the beard wrong though!!! You see the lines of blue stitching? I was supposed to sew those through all the layers, including the stuffing, to give a more quilted look, but I sewed them on first before I even appliquéd the beard onto the stocking! Hopefully you can forgive me. It still looks good, I think.
Shall I tell you a funny story about what happened one night when I was making this? I had a bowl of crisps to munch on, and I was sewing on sequins, and in a moment of distraction, instead of picking up a crisp to eat, I picked up a sequin instead and I ate it! Luckily, I didn’t sew a crisp onto your stocking by mistake (BBQ Doritos, in case you wondered).
I also broke three needle threaders whilst making this. Last night around 7pm my last needle threader broke, and your cousin, Lyra, came up with ingenious idea of fixing it with blu-tac. I didn’t think it would work, but it did, just about! She’s a clever girl, that one!
I’ll tell you another secret - we have bought Lyra her own sewing machine for Christmas! It’s a surprise, so you have to promise to not tell her when we all come to visit in a few weeks, ok? She’s been working on a hand-sewn present for you, so I’m sure once she’s got her own machine there will be no stopping her and you’ll get all sorts of weird and wonderful creations!
Well, dear nephew, I shall leave it there. I’ll thank Minerva Crafts for providing the kit for you, so don’t worry about that. Hope you have a wonderful, magical, first Christmas, and many more to come.
Lots and lots of love
Aunty Louise xxx