Monday, October 27, 2014

fa la la!

Fair warning - I had a ton of fun with this project and there will be lots of pictures!

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

Ta da!  Happiest quilted stockings ever.

These were so easy and so fun and so quick, compared to all quilts I have been making.  I really had so much fun making them that I could just keep going.

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

If you're interested in making some like these, use the free pdf template from Sew Scrumptious.   Cut mirrored pieces for the front and the back of each stocking outer and the same for each stocking lining.  A small rotary cutter is nice for navigating those curves.

 happy, happy quilted Stockings!

I quilted both sides of my stockings, to make them strong and cozy.  It was a great chance to use batting scraps!  Mostly I followed patterns on the prints themselves, but I did free motion quilt the flowery stocking with a chrysanthemum pattern.

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

For variety, a couple of the stockings are patchworked before being cut out with the template.  This zigzag one is made up of half square triangles, each finishing 2" square.  It's my favorite (shhh, don't let on to the others)!  I also made one with 1.5" finished patchwork squares.  I was going to make a third patched stocking with diagonal stripes, but then this Cotton & Steel print one me over instead.

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

Once your outer stocking pieces and inner stocking pieces are prepared, sew each pair together right sides together.  Use a slightly more generous seam allowance with the lining pair, to make it easier to fit inside the finished stocking.  Cut one 8" x 12.75" cuff fabric for each stocking and follow Cluck, Cluck Sew's tutorial to attach.  My hanging loops were cut 2" x 8".

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

If you're lucky, you have reason to make lots!  Fabrics are Flea Market Fancy floral print with Clown Stripe cuff, misc. prints for the zigzag with Kona Melon cuff and Cotton & Steel Jean Jacket Dottie with Denyse Schmidt Hadley cuff

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

The back of each patchwork stocking is a solid print, both to save time and to make them reversible, should my friend prefer a simpler look.   The squares patchwork stocking is backed with Denyse Schmidt Hadley and cuffed with a great Botanics low-volume print.  The zigzag stocking is backed with a favorite Field Study print from Anna Maria Horner.

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

But Liam's favorite is this wintry one made in Cotton & Steel Netorious Cloud with a Birch Farm owls cuff.   The sparkly Cotton & Steel print is probably the most perfect thing in my stash for a Christmas stocking.  Even lent itself to pretty grid quilting!

happy, happy quilted Stockings!

So this is love, stocking love.  Is it Christmas time yet?  I just might start singing...


14 comments:

  1. Oh, these are such great stash busters, Rachel. And a great gift for teachers and the like (filled with some yummy things, maybe). Thanks for the great idea!

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  2. Wow,these are just fantastic.Love them all!

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  3. thanks for reminding me that my little baby girl is going to need a christmas stocking! better add that to the list of things to sew by christmas.

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  4. Fun, fun! I've been itching to get at some of my sewing projects, but my rotary cutter has vanished mysteriously. I don't do well with only scissors so looks like the next trip to town I'll need to pick up a new cutter.

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    1. Absolutely! I cannot imagine going on sewing without my rotary cutter now. I don't even cut out apparel patterns with scissors these days. Maybe you can get one of those cute, aqua ones. =)

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  5. Wow you're really fast at making them, and so super cute...

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  6. WOW. I said that out loud as I read your post-these are fantastic. I think I like the patchwork best, then see those owls from the birch farm fabric and say wow all over again. Thanks for writing up this tutorial.

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  7. I just caught up with you after a few days of costume-sewing, and these are great! I use a "crazy quilt" style to use up some of my wonky scraps in stockings, and I don't use cuffs, but I have been thinking of adding another layer of batting to the back (previously only on the front). These are very adorable, what a great make!

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  8. Thanks for posting!!! Using this to make a firefighter bunker gear stocking as we speak!!

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