Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas stockings

In 1989 I made these Christmas stockings

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. 

1 comment:

  1. Fun stockings! The Nova 900 does a great job of sewing through many layers especially if using a walking foot.

    And, the photos of the snow around your property are just amazing! Out here in Australia we are beginning summer, no snow in sight unless its fake.


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