(DON'T FORGET about the Christmas Cookie Exchange! Still need more people to submit recipes, and it will be great!)
What's that? You were looking at my last post about nativities and noticed that FABULOUS little family of stockings? And you were wondering where I came upon such lovely little gems? And you were hoping if I said I made them there would be a tutorial coming so you could make one just like it?!?!
I cannot lie. I am so excited about these. This is my favorite project I have done in a LONG time. Can you tell by what a goob i am being in this post?
Z's was the first one. I wanted it to look fancy... and Z is always concerned that the stuff I make for him is too fancy, and not very manly. So I used the ivory burlap as his base, lined with muslin, with satin details for the toe, heel, and cuff. I used the wrong side of the satin, which was still pretty... just not as shiny (more manly). I had to add a little sparkle, so the hanging loop and his initial are in gold. Just a LITTLE polish for Z. (He liked the Z because he thinks it's similar to the Z in Zildjian, and he's a drummer, so I guess I did good!)
Okay, so this is not obnoxiously long, I am going to put the tutorial after the jump... (but you really want to click it!)
Soooooo... not that it's too difficult (because i wouldn't have made them if it were!) but here's a quick tutorial on how to make the Burlap one:
We had these ugly red furry things that I used to trace a pattern. If you don't have a stocking to trace look HERE for a free printable pattern. You will need two cut from burlap and two from muslin (or satin, or flannel, or cotton or whatever lining material you have decided to use. If you are using a pattern material, make sure you have opposite right sides). TIP: Allow an extra large seam allowance when sewing burlap, if you don't the stuff frays apart quickly and your resulting shape will be small and mis-shapen. I learned this the hard way, and have a tiny first-attempt burlap stocking in my junk pile to prove it!
Use your interfacing a a pattern to cut out toe and heel pieces of satin. Iron or baste interfacing to satin.
I also ironed under the top edge for the next step...
Clip the curves for turning right side out.
NOTE: The way I made this leaves unfinished seams on the inside. I did this because I didn't want the bulkiness of the burlap to make things lay funky or to show from the inside (since burlap is see-through-ish) If the unfinished edges bother you, could could always serge/overcast them, or consider using bias tape to make a finished edge. It's not a big deal to me as it is.
Then turn it right side out, and fold over your cuff.
I appliqued the Z on the front. And hand stitched the loop to the inside of the stocking...
|TA-DAH! You are done!|
ALSO... here is another tutorial I found just this morning for a stocking... this is closer to the way i made the ruffle stocking, with finished edges on the inside. This one is brought to you by UCreate.
I hope you enjoy hanging your stockings by the fire this season... I hope Santa fills them full of goodies. I hope you enjoy creating for your family and making memories with them this holiday season!