Thursday, October 23, 2014

62 days until....

Christmas.

And although I have done absolutely no gift shopping or making or even gift planning, for some reason that doesn't worry me one bit.  Maybe it should?  I'll think about that later.

Meanwhile, I am sneaking in a totally unnecessary project this week, but one that's been on my mind for almost a year.  I'm making Christmas stockings for a friend!  Just because.  And it's been so. much. fun.  Sometimes there's nothing better than making a project that's NOT on the list.  Even better when it'll make someone else smile too!

After browsing about, I've set out to make stockings that look like this or this.  It's a classic style with a cuff.  Since I don't have a similar stocking around to trace, I used the free stocking shape template from Sew Scrumptious; but otherwise I didn't particularly follow her pattern. 

quilted Christmas Stockings

My friend has an eclectic vintage thrifted look that I admire, but don't necessarily channel. So, with the help of some other friends, we commiserated on this collection of fabric. I'm going to use more fabrics than this, as some stockings are going to be pieced, but this sets a the general direction for my project.  Not surprisingly there's some Flea Market Fancy in there and several other Denyse Schmidt prints.  Look no farther than Denyse when you want something retro!

 quilted Christmas Stockings

Out comes my bucket of Warm & Natural batting scraps and away we go!

 quilted Christmas Stockings

I'm quilting both exteriors of the stocking. For the stocking linings, I'm using Essex linen/cotton blends.  My cuffs (which are cut 8" x 12.75" to fit this stocking template) are attached via Cluck, Cluck's tutorial.

quilted Christmas Stockings

The first one came together so quickly earlier this week, that I'm eager to make more.  Happy piles of fabric beckon!

quilted Christmas Stockings

Today I'm working on finishing my first patchworked version. 

quilted Christmas Stockings

Hopefully, this is going in the right direction!

12 comments:

  1. These are lovely. You could add a heel and toe in a contrasting color for added variety.
    I made plaid ones with a velveteen cuff and matching toe and heel.

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  2. Rosemary B here:
    Oh so cute and this looks easy.
    I love both of the ones you have shared here.
    Time is flying! I hope you are feeling great.

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  3. Your timing is perfect - I have these on my to-do list before Chriistmas this year. I have always wanted to make my own stocking for our family. Yours look lovely and seem to have come together quickly. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!

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  4. Forgot to ask you - do you have a great tutorial or go-to pattern for kiddos pajamas? This is also on my list for Christmas making and I want to make pj's for my 3 littles along with my nieces and nephews as gifts. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I do! I love the Oliver & S Bedtime Story PJ's, which you can buy in download form from Pink Chalk Fabrics. I've made them lots of times and they are great even for someone who hardly ever sews clothes (me).

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  5. They are going in more than the right direction - they are absolutely lovely! Your stockings make me want to fling aside my mountainous list of projects to finish and make some!!

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  6. Wow, you must show these when you finish them! They are awesome!

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  7. They look great, love the patchwork one.... I have to give these a go, but I am feeling time is running out....

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  8. The simple one looks so great, I can imagine making one like this for me, too. I like the squared one a lot, too.
    Makes me remember that only the children have stockings over here... :/ I'd better make a list what I might want to sew for christmas... Not that that makes me have more time to do so... ;)

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    1. Haha, isn't that the case with making lists? Sometimes making a list really does give myself the impression that I have the time to do it all. Then again, maybe lists are magical...

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  9. A friend of mine and I are doing an Xmas stocking swap with a deadline of Dec 1. I thought I had plenty of time until my SIL just told me yesterday that we have 10 Saturdays until Xmas. Yikes!

    The linen stocking is lovely and has a very anthropologie feel. The patchwork one is fun! I'm working on a hexy one for my partner. Large hexies. ;-)

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