This year I have the instructions for a Christmas stocking. the technique I used is between foundation piecing and quilt-as-you-go, which I L-O-V-E!! It is fast to make and easy!
Step 1: Fold a piece of thin batting in half and cut out a stocking shape. You will have 2 halves that will make one stocking.
Step 2: Cover the batting with fabric. *place the batting stockings on a table in a mirror image and cover the top part.
In the spirit of reducing my landfill footprint, I have chosen to use selvage strips which normally get thrown out. I have been collecting them for a while. I keep a box near my cutting table and toss them in there for future use.
|Start by putting a 2 1/2 inch strip to cover the toe. |
It isn't necessary to worry about what angle to put it on.
|Lay a selvage strip over the first strip (good side UP) and sew through |
the three layers- in this case the green fabric, red fabric and batting.
|Use your walking foot for this. |
It helps all the layers feed into the machine at the same time.
|If you are not sure if you caught the strip below|
with your stitches
simply lift the selvage edge and peek under.
|If you don't have enough selvage strips add a few regular fabric strips. |
Here I used a striped fabric measuring 1 1/2 inches wide.
Place good sides facing and sew a regular 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Flip and iron and proceed with selvage strips.
|The covered socks should be mirror images of each other|
Step 3: When the batting is covered in fabric, turn the stocking over and trim the fabric ends that stick out.
Step 5: Draw the outline of the stocking. Make the top end about 1/2 inch higher. (This piece will be turned over at the end and will show on the outside of the stocking.)
Step 6: Cut out the lining part of the stocking on the inside of the pencil line which will make it slightly smaller than the outside part of the stocking.
Step 7: For the lining, sew using a seam allowance of about 1/8th inch and over a measure of 3 inches gradually move the stitch line to a generous 1/4 inch seam allowance. Continue sewing all around the sock using the generous 1/4 inch measure until you have 3 inch left on the other side. From there, start angling the seam allowance so it finishes at 1/8 th inch. Do not turn inside out.
Step 8: For the outside of the stocking: If you want a hook for hanging, use a piece of ribbon. Make a small loop and place it in between the stocking halves, about 1 1/2 inch from the top. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew the 2 pieces of the stocking, good sides facing, catching the ribbon. Turn inside out.
|This ribbon came tied on a gift from my favourite quilt store.|
Step 10: Roll the top of the lining to make a small hem and roll that over onto the front side.
Step 11: Sew the lining overhang by hand using the blind stitch.
And the best part of all.... Fill it with great stuff!!!
Happy Holidays to everyone!