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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Stocking

After making the table runner that was the August “Create with Me” project on u-createcrafts.com, I started checking to see what the project was each month. I love the fabric pumpkins in September but I never quite had time to make any. But I saw the November Christmas stocking and knew I had to do that project. Chances were pretty slim that I would finish it in November, but I wanted to make it anyway. (The deadline has now been extended through December.)

While the project showed how to make two stockings from one strip pieced effort, I decided to make only one stocking. I’ve been wanting to make a stocking for my son for years. I bought him a stocking when he was a baby that doesn’t even have his name on it. That’s been his stocking for 18 years. A few years ago, I started looking for stockings or stocking patterns that had some sort of baseball theme (other than an MLB team) but have not yet found anything. I’d love to make him a baseball stocking. But I settled for the next best thing – a stocking in his new school colors, which are sort of a maroon shade of red and gold. Here’s the stocking I made yesterday for him. He came home for the weekend to attend the KC Chiefs game today (so we got to go out to dinner to celebrate his upcoming 19th birthday last night) and I finished the stocking not long before he got home. He liked it.Finished Christmas stocking

The web site points you to this tutorial. There were parts of it that I had to read several times because it was not quite clear to me what was being explained. Thinking it through, I was able to figure out what the author really meant. And I discovered that the author and I had different interpretations of what “lengthwise” means. Once I got past little things like this, it wasn’t hard to do.

Rather than enlarging the pattern given or drawing my own, which I considered doing, I realized that this stocking I own is a very similar shape and size to that in the instructions, so I traced around it to make my pattern. Stocking I used for my pattern
I decided to combine the method used in the August table runner with the stocking tutorial instructions since I liked the way the pieced table runner turned out. I sewed each strip directly onto my batting, pressing after adding each new strip.Adding strips to batting
Here’s my finished pieced strips.Pieced strips
I cut out my stocking from the pieced strips using my traced pattern.Cutting out stocking from pattern
Then I cut out the stocking back and another piece of batting.Stocking, batting and back
I sewed all these pieces together, per the instructions, and turned it right side out.Stocking turned right side out
Next I cut out my two stocking pieces from my lining fabric and sewed them together, right sides together. I made my seam allowance just a tad larger than I did on my stocking so that my lining would be just a tad smaller than the stocking to allow for the bulk of the batting. Stocking lining sections sewn together
The instruction wording was a little confusing here. Just sew around the sides, leaving the top open and leaving about a two inch opening on a straight section of one side. I left the opening between my two fingers, shown in the next photo. Where I left opening in lining seam
I made the loop by folding the fabric strip in half the long way, pressing it, then folding each long side in to the center pressed line. Finally, I stitched along the long edge to hold all these layers together.Stocking loop
I cut out the top band, making sure the piece I cut out was the right length to fit around the top of my stocking since I knew my stocking was not the exact size of that in the instructions. I didn’t want to just cut the band piece based on the size given in the instructions. I folded the band and determined where I wanted to put the name on the band. I cut out my letters (just played around drawing them until they were a size and shape I liked), lightly attached them with Stitch Witchery, applied some interfacing to the band on the wrong side behind where the letters would be and zig zag stitched around the letters. I carefully determined exactly where the band seam should be to fit just right around the top of my stocking. I stitched the band seam (the short side of the band), folded the band in half wrong sides together (the fold runs the long length of the band) and pressed. Here’s my finished band.Finished band

Next I pinned my band to the top of the stocking and the loop at the side seam. Band and loop pinned to top of stocking
The lining has been stitched but never turned, so it still has right sides together. I placed the stocking inside the lining so that the right side of the stocking faced the right side of the lining. I pinned the lining to the stocking around the top edge, then sewed all around the top edge. I sewed over the seam where the loop was attached a couple extra times to reinforce in case heavy gifts are put into the stocking! Now I pulled the stocking out through the opening in the lining seam to turn the whole thing right side out. Turning right side out
I tucked the lining inside the stocking, poking it into the toe and heel as nicely as possible. I pressed the top seam so the lining would lay down flat and I was all finished with my stocking! Here it is again.Finished stocking
I think I’ll make another one for my mom, who always spends Christmas with us, once I decide on the fabrics to use in hers. I think these turn out really cute and think this was a great project to feature in the “Create with Me” series! If you need a new stocking, give this project a try!

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