The photos of my back yard were taken from my patio doors. The front yard while standing on the front door steps with Doug yelling "close the door." We are definitely having a white Christmas in Brandon!
The white satin fabric on the toes, heel and cuff of the boys' socks was left over scraps from my wedding dress. I didn't have enough white scrap for the girls so I trimmed the cuffs with lace. The sequenced names were sewn on by hand.
In 2004, AJ joined the family the cuff, toe and heel for his sock is left over satin from Shannon's high school grad dress.
Jason's wife Karyann joined the family in 2007 when I was making tablecloths, so those white scraps were used to decorate her sock. In 2010, Véronique made socks for her family in my craft emporium. I actually bought one metre of white polar fleece.
I used my Pfaff QE 4 to make the name tags then Véronique appliqued them on.
To make these socks we cut 4 pieces of 100% cotton Christmas fabric and two pieces of 100% quilt batting. Put right sides together and one piece quilt batting on top sew the sock together leaving the top side open. Turn right sides out and press. Then free motion quilt the front and back of the sock. Applique the polar fleece heel and toe on. Next with wrong sides together, topstitch along the edge around the sock leaving the top open. Make bias tape about 1/2 inch wide and about six inches long. Fold the bias tape in half with the folded part down pin the raw edges of your bias tape inside your sock on the back seam. Make cuff 5 inches wide and long enough to fit well around the outside of your sock. AJ's sock is 17 1/2 inches around so I made the cuff about 18 inches wide. Polar fleece has a bit of stretch to it so it is easier to fit. I usually pin the entire cuff inside then mark where it needs to be sewn to fit the top. I also fan the seam allowance out so the cuff is bigger around the bottom. Names can be printed on with fabric paint or permanent marker or sewn on by machine or hand sewn sequence.
With Christmas fast approaching, this is a quick, easy and practical gift.
Required materials and tools:
Terry towel fabric or bath towels
100% cotton fabric for binding
elastic 1/4 inch wide
serger (optional) as zig-zag stitch will also do the trick
plain brown paper to make a pattern
On the paper draw a large hump that is wider at one end and narrower at the other. At the highest point your hump is 12 inches deep. What you are drawing is a hood, the wider end is the back and the narrower end is the front. Cut two humps from the terry towel fabric or bath towels.
The straight bottom of the hood should measure 26 to 30 inches depending on how long the lady's hair is. I usually make them 26.5 inches.
To make seam binding, cut 4 inch wide strips from the 100% cotton fabric long enough to finish the straight sides of the hump. Two strips for one hair towel. Fold strips in half wrong sides together, then iron. Open folded strip, fold both sides towards centre fold, fold centre back in half and press again.
Pin binding to straight sides of terry towel fabric and sew into place.
Cut 5 to 7 inches of elastic, fold elastic in half, then pin the elastic 7 to 8 inches from the straight edge on the right side terry towel at the wide end (back) of the hump. Use longer elastic when making a longer towel. Now with right sides together sew the hump shut, leaving the binded end open.
Use a serger or a zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edges on the hump side.
Turn right side out and it is finished.
Extra finishing touches!
Special thanks to Shannon for modeling. Please feel free to use the tutorial. Also please leave a comment so I know you were here
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.