When I was a little girl, my father's work sometimes took him to London. He would travel by train from Yorkshire and on the way home he often brought a small gift for me. He told me that there was a magic barrel situated in Kings Cross Station that was filled with presents for good children and he would put in his hand in to see if there was something with my name on. Usually it was a little ladybird story book, filled with a classic fairytale and lovely pictures that I would spend many happy hours tracing and colouring. One such book, that was a real favourite was 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. I regret very much that these little books disappeared once I grew up, but the stories will always stay with me and this year when it came to making some decorations for our fireplace, I found buried somewhere in my mind (and then happily on google) these images from way ...way back for inspiration.
My little elves stockings are a pretty addition to any fireplace and are super quick and easy to make. There is a tutorial and free pattern 'Here' or you can find it by going to the tutorials tag at the top of the blog. The stockings measure approximately 9 and a half inches high, but you could scale up the template or down as you wish. You only need a few scraps of fabric for the embellishment and any kind of Christmas fabric would look great.
The red pom-pom, came off an old pair of slippers, but I liked it so much that I scoured Youtube for a video on how to make them and the green one is my first attempt!
It is lovely to have handmade decorations in your home, but these could also be filled with sweets and chocolates as a gift for someone special. I hope you like this little project and I also hope that if my Dad is up there somewhere, looking down, he will smile. He loved Christmas and I do too.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from my house to yours! and look out on January 1st for a brand new and unusual project for 2017.
Love Ruby x