Saturday, December 3, 2011

12 Weeks of Christmas- Week 8: Mini Christmas Stockings!

My mother-in law is really great. She is super crafty and can make just about anything (like our WEDDING CAKE for instance). But I really love something else that she's crafted- she has made home made stockings for every member of her family. I was so honored when she made me one! She has made one for all of her children, all of their spouses and all of her grandchildren! And they're so fancy...embroidered names, with cute little Christmas characters sewn on.

The stocking she made me has a bunny with a scarf on! So yeah, it's pretty amazing.

Well, feeling inspired by those stockings, I decided to make some mini-stockings. They're perfect for filling with little treats and giving out to friends. They're not nearly as beautiful as the ones she makes, but they are a very fun and easy project.

Let's get started!!!

Step 1: I printed off this pattern from Martha Stewart. It completely belongs to them, I do not own it. Bryan helped me enlarge it to the size of a regular piece of paper. If you want that template I can e-mail it to you! I'm having a hard time posting it to the blog, but I'm MORE than happy to share.

Step 2: I traced and cut out two stocking shapes from the template.

Step 3: After I was done with template, I decided to cut the top off of it so that I could have a template for the top "rim" of the stocking.

Step 4: I cut out two of those rectangles for the rim of the stocking and sewed them to the tops of the stocking shapes. Make sure to think through which way the fabric will face as we are going to turn it inside out later. I used fleece for my stockings and honestly, the sides don't look all that different.

Step 5:
I pressed the "rims" to the outer side of the stocking.
Step 6:  I "sandwiched" the pieces together. The sandwich should look something like this:

Step 7: Time to sew! Sew all around your sandwich EXCEPT for the top! You don't want to sew your stocking closed! ;)

P.S. You could do this with a machine, OR by hand. It won't take too long either way.
Step 8: I cut little slits in the fabric where the round parts are (the foot and the heel). This helps them to look rounder when we turn them out.Just be sure to not cut through your stitching!!
Step 9: Then I just turned it all inside out!
I realized that I didn't sew in a little tab to hang the stocking with so I just quickly cut a small piece of fabric and hot glued it into the stocking. You could totally sew it in, but you will probably want to sew it in before you sew the whole stocking together because at this point you would be sewing through too many layers.

Thanks for reading!!! I hope you all are getting in the Christmas spirit! We sure are! Bryan put the tree up today! WOOHOO!!!

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