Sunday, November 25, 2012

Simple, quilted stockings for Christmas - make one in 30 minutes!

My granddaughter and I had so much fun with this project :-)
Eight stockings in four hours today!

If you would like to create these, I put together the following picture tutorial for you to enjoy making these with your loved ones, too.

Step 1)  gather your fabric -  you'll need 1/2 yard for one stocking OR 1/4 yard of cotton fabric for one stocking and 1/4 yard of fleece for the backing, 
fusible batting (1/4 yard), one piece of felt for the embroidered name and the loop for hanging the stocking,
embroidery thread in various colors (we chose Madeira's Christmas Red, Bright Green and metallic Gold plus white embroidery bobbin thread), & an old stocking to use as your 'pattern' or draw one up on paper.

Clover chalk works well as a marking tool for this!

Choose a font you like and embroider names or use a fabric marker and draw them onto the felt squares.  After marking or embroidering, cut to size (leaving 1 1/2" around the sides, top and bottom).

Using a blanket stitch (or your favorite), stitch the felt name tag onto the top fabric.  Layer the fusible batting and backing piece, then press with the iron according to the fusible batting package directions.  
Sew seven 2 1/2" strips together to make a strip set and then cut the stocking at an angle for a fun look!

This picture above shows the fused, quilted piece with a piece of cotton fabric for the backing (to be serged around edges.)  

Here's an assortment of stockings waiting for the edges to be serged.

Chain serge across the tops of each of the finished, quilted tops, then...

Serge across the tops of each of the 'backs', whether they be cotton or fleece.

Place a 1"w x 6-8"l piece of felt or ribbon in upper, inside corner of reverse side of backing and pin to secure.

Place top, felt or ribbon loop, and backing together, zig zag, reverse stitch to secure.

Serge around entire piece, going slow around the corners.

The beauty of a serger is that it cuts while serging and takes 'extra' away if your cutting hasn't been exactly straight (like mine!).

I tried Madeira metallic thread with my Pfaff Creative Performance and had no troubles!  :-)

Blanket stitching.

For this, we used the Brother Simplicity SB 700T.  This is a little machine that you can purchase a 1/4" foot for and it does a great job with the blanket stitch.  
My ten year old granddaughter really enjoys using this machine.

Hope this project will bring you and yours some holiday joy! 

Time spent together is time well spent :-)

All the Best,



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