Friday, 18 August 2017

Christmas Stockings

Hello lovely people!

I have been getting ready for Christmas....I know it's a bit early but I just didn't know when I would get time to make them with a little one to look after.

So I have been making them during nap time and bedtime to make sure that no little curious fingers get into my fabric stash :)

I started out by free hand drawing a stocking shape on pattern paper.  I wanted it to have a slightly pointed toe....bit like an elf boot.

Once I had done this I laid it out on a beautiful tartan fabric and cut 2.  I also cut the same boot out of a fine linen fabric too.  

Once all the bits were cut out I was trying to decide what design to have on the stocking....this took a while!  I wanted a snowflake or a heart with hand stitched names but it just didn't look right at all.  A friend suggested a reindeer......which looked like a deformed dog!!  Finally I settled on nice big bold letters.

I drew around the letters I had made out of pattern paper and place my tartan fabric under the linen one and pinned it in place.  Then I free hand stitched the letters.  Once this was done I carefully cut away the linen to reveal  the tartan under it.

I stitched the tartan and the linen stocking separate because one was for the lining.  I used a 1cm seam allowance on all of this project.  You need to make sure you have your right sides together when sewing the top and don't stitch it all the way closed, you need to leave a small gap so you can turn it inside out.

 So you can see I have left a gap here.  It just big enough to turn my stocking inside out.

Once I had done this I hand stitched it closed.

Then I turned it down and added a fancy bobble trim to the edge.

And voila!  I have a lovely set of matching family stockings that will hopefully last us for years!

Dittery Dot

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