Naturally, I took the idea of the traditional stocking and put a modern, Jordsen twist on it.
- They need to be toddler proof (designed so they don't have to hang from the fireplace) and peek-proof (may need to incorporate a padlock. I was a child once, I know how much peeking goes on).
- I'm really good at Christmas shopping procrastination. I wanted to design them so they could sit under the Christmas tree, helping it look not so bare until the presents arrived.
- I don't really get into seasonal/holiday decorating besides putting up a Christmas tree...another reason I liked the idea of designing them to go under the tree - everything is in one place.
- I wanted a design with material utilization in mind. Stocking shaped patterns waste a lot of fabric.
- The more space inside the bag, the less wrapping I have to do! (The work-from-home-mom in me is always looking for ways to be more efficient with my time.)
My son helped me pick out fabric so each family member gets their own personalized Santa Stocking (even our dog, Ninja, gets his own). I decided on a simple rectangular shape (just like Santa's bag) to get the most material utilization. I then lined each bag with felt to add texture and shape.
I'm so pleased with how these turned out! It is exciting to begin creating these unique Christmas traditions and experiences with my family.