It's the 25th and that means it is time for the monthly Keeping Christmas Blog Hop! I shared some sewn gift pockets last week that you can see HERE. After I got done making them,I realized how fun they would be to make to give at Christmastime! So...this is a Christmas version of that same concept! Before I share all of the details of today's project, don't forget to hop to the other designers' blogs to see what Christmas magic they have conjured up!
Kelly Lunceford (you are here)
Claire Broadwater (off this month)
These pockets are so easy to make; before you know it, you'll have whipped up a whole army of them to give to family and friends! I am planning on tucking a hot cocoa packet, a candy cane, a vintage foil wrapped Santa and maybe some other goodies or gift card, depending on the recipient. I made a total of 5 pockets, but I'm certain I'll be making more. My Christmas pattern paper selection is lacking, but I didn't realize it when I got started on these. You can really change the feeling by switching out the paper and stamps. I always love a vintage Christmas feel, so these are just up my alley!
I would recommend using 8 1/2 by 11 pattern paper; this paper measured 12 by 12, which is fine, but you'll need to cut it down to 11. I also would recommend using double sided pattern paper. I didn't use double sided for this project, but I did on the project that I linked above. It is much easier that way, but really, this isn't too much harder. I just simply added a strip of leftover paper to the top before I sewed up the sides!
The stamps that I used for this project are from Waltzing Mouse, which unfortunately is no longer in business. They are some of my favorites and I felt that they matched the feel of the paper, so I used them for today's project. I stamped all of the circular images using black ink on Kraft paper and then used my circle Nestabilities dies to cut them out. I also heat embossed the "merry and bright" sentiment, which is from the same set, in gold and attached it below the circle image. The "be good" images also sport a gold jingle bell on the end of Santa's hat.
I gave each pocket a clip at the top of the front flap for extra detail as well as a sprig of plastic holly that I got at Hobby Lobby. These sprigs are glued to the paper using hot glue for stability.
I have a feeling that these will be the perfect thing to have on hand this upcoming holiday season! I had so much fun putting these together! My kids and I actually had a "Toy Story" movie watching marathon of films 1-3 and then we're headed to see Toy Story 4 today! I sat and made these while the kids watched the show. Thanks for fluttering by!