|Not new or shiny: this quilt has known love!|
Option A: using an embroidered sweatshirt as the stocking front
Option B: using a vintage quilt as the stocking front
The basic method is similar for each option. Sarah asked if I could make a tutorial for these, so that's what I will share.
But first, a little bit of love to the women who are memorialized by these stockings.
|Angel in reverse|
Recycled Hexie Quilts: Using Vintage Hexagons in Today's Quilts by Mary Kerr. She gives hints on techniques as well as projects.
On with the Tutorial!
Materials and EquipmentSweatshirt, including bottom band*
1/3 yard (or 1 fat quarter, FQ) cotton quilting fabric for stocking back
1/3 yard cotton quilting fabric for stocking lining
1/3 yard fusible fleece
1/3 yard fusible light/medium weight interfacing
Basic sewing supplies
Clover Wonder Clips, or other pins or clips to hold bulky fabrics when sewing
Walking foot (optional, for multiple layer sewing with no fabric shifting)
Pattern for stocking: I traced a commercial stocking and added 3/8" seam allowance
Cutting1. Cut the bottom band off the sweatshirt and set aside for a cuff
2. Cut one stocking front from the sweatshirt fabric, paying attention to placement of any design
3. Cut one stocking back; make sure to reverse the pattern from the stocking front
4. Fold the lining fabric right sides together and cut two stocking linings
5. Cut and fuse the fleece to the back side of the sweatshirt
6. Cut and fuse the interfacing to the stocking back piece
7. Cut a 2" by 6" rectangle from leftover fabric (either stocking back or lining, your choice); this will make the hanging loop
Sewing1. If desired, embellish the heel and toe area of the sweatshirt prior to assembly. (My version has a fused applique heel that matches the stocking back, and two rows of hand embroidery along the toe line.)
2. Make the hanging loop by folding the 2" by 6" strip in half lengthwise, then folding each side in toward the center. Press. This makes a strip 1/2" wide. Topstitch along both long edges.
3. Place all four stocking pieces together, in the order shown: both lining pieces, right sides together; sweatshirt/stocking front, facing up; stocking back, facing down.
4. Fold hanging loop in half and place along seam allowance between the two lining layers, 1/2" below the top. Secure all the layers together with Wonder Clips or other clips or pins; sew along the sides and foot with a 3/8" seam, backstitching to secure at both ends.
5. Clip curves along the seam, notching the outward curves and cutting toward but not through the seam on the inward curve.
6. Turn stocking right side out, gently pushing all the curves out.
7. Make a cuff: measure the width of the top of your stocking, double this and add 1/2". Cut one layer of the sweatshirt bottom band 3-1/2" tall by the width you need (e.g. my stocking was 7-1/2", so I doubled this to 15" and added 1/2" = 15-1/2"). Cut a second rectangle, 3-1/4" by the same width. Sew these two rectangles together along the long edge in a 1/4" seam. Make a loop by sewing the short edges together in a 1/4" seam. Turn the cuff so that wrong sides are together and raw edges even; press.
8. Place the cuff, sweatshirt ribbing side out, inside the stocking. Align all raw edges, use clips or pins to secure, and sew all layers together in a 1/4" seam. Be careful to keep hanging loop out of the way of this stitching. Finish seam with a row of zigzag stitches, if desired.
9. Fold cuff toward the outside of the stocking. Press as desired.
10. Admire your work!
Many thanks to Sarah for hosting this blog hop! I am so happy to be in such amazing company, and I'm busy planning some August stitching with the designs I am seeing from my fellow sewists.
July 14th: Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home
July 15th: Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD
July 16th: Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
Leanne Parsons @ Devoted Quilter
July 17th: Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
Selina @ Selina Quilts
July 18th: Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies
July 19th: Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
July 20th: Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter
July 21st: Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic
July 22nd: Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion
July 23rd: Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms
July 24th: Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy
July 25th: Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle