Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stocking Instructions


Several of you have asked me where I got the pattern for my stockings. Just click here. But I must give my notes as well since I tweaked things a bit to make the stockings the way I envisioned them. First of all, instead of using outer material, fusible fleece and liner material, I used already quilted material and then liner material. This saved a step and gave the stockings a more country feel, which is what I was going for. The patchwork, stocking cuff, toe patch and heal patch were all pieces I sewed on before sewing the liners on. I drew my own patterns for these. I then followed the pattern instructions to a T up until the very last step, which was sewing the front and back finished pieces together. Instead of sewing them front to front and turning them inside out, I simply pinned the front and back together, liner to liner, and sewed them together with a zigzag stitch. This gave the fronts a more primitive country look and made the stocking "fuller" in size. It also lets them hang flatter so you can fully appreciate the shape and design of the stocking. If you decide to do patches on the fronts, be sure to keep the design simple if you plan to sew them on with your sewing machine, otherwise you should hand sew them on. Lastly, take your time cutting your front/back and liner pieces and make sure they are exactly the same size. Then make sure you do a nice 1/4 inch seem so that when you go to sew your fronts and backs together, they line up nicely. If they're not perfectly the same size, you can make it work when you pin them together, but it will make your job much easier if you are careful in the cutting and seaming process leading up to the final assembly. I hope this all makes sense and is helpful if you are planning to make this pattern. Please feel free to email me with any further questions if you get stumped somewhere in the process. Happy sewing!

4 comments:

Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

Great instructions Miss Sarah! I'm sure you're going to love your stockings this year!

Kim said...

Thanks so much Sarah!!! Again, your stockings are ADORABLE!!!

Carrie said...

Hey there! My email address is: carrie3218@yahoo.com I don't think I have yours. I know that you can put it in the comment form at my blog, but I don't know how to retrieve that information LOL I'll figure it all out one day...
Happy Thanksgiving!!
God bless :)

Mindy said...

Sarah, I need your opinion. Do you mind stopping by my blog and reading my post about Christmas? Thanks so much!!