It’s Always Time for Good Cheer

Craft Hope imageIn a previous post, I talked about Craft Hope, a group that combines the creative effort of crafters around the globe in order to help people in need. Craft Hope has a new call out, this time for handmade Christmas stockings for the 12,000 families who lost their homes due to the tornadoes in the southern United States. Called “Christmas in Dixie,” Craft Hope says “In addition to having nothing, these families will face new needs that this season will bring, such as winter clothing, funds for heating, and gifts for their family members or in addition to the everyday needs they now face. There are groups helping supply toys for tots, churches help with clothing and food, even the Government will help somewhat. But no one will be concerned with these items that help form the traditions, and memories that we all remember as we grow up. We can only imagine how worry will begin to creep into the back of many moms’ minds, realizing Christmas is just around the corner and once again they will be reminded of those items that mean so much, like ornaments handmade through the years, pictures with Santa, and their own personal stocking being lost and gone for ever.”

Their website lists the specifics for the stockings, but there is lots of room for creativity and you can use any fabrics, patterns, decorative elements you want. Mail your completed stocking by September 23, 2011 to

Christmas in Dixie for Tornado Survivors Project
c/o Brenda Belcher
1581 Balmoral Drive
Hoover, Alabama 35244
Christmas in Dixie also has a Facebook page, so be sure to “like” it!

paisley stocking

Need some inspiration for a stocking to make? Here are a few I love:

A funky paisley felt stocking from Sew, Mama, Sew!, Turning an old quilt into a Stocking (also Sew, Mama, Sew!), and this felt snowflake stocking from Purlbee.