December 6, 2011A Tuesday Tutorial – Very Vintage Inspired Christmas Stocking – Part 2
Two weeks ago, I left you with a stocking front with appliques ironed on to it, a stocking back, and some unused bias tape, rick rack and possibly other embellishments. We’re going to take that and make it into a completed stocking this week.
Our next step is going to be to applique around our letters and other designs. I am doing a lot of this on mine with metallic gold thread , as it adds a lot of sparkle. If any of you are going to do the same, I definitely recommend seeking out embroidery or metallic needles:
These will make your life sooooooo much easier! They have a larger eye on them than regular needles, which allow the metallic thread to pass through more easily and not get caught.
I used a combo of metallic, coordinating and contrasting thread for my applique stitch and other machine embroidery:
To me, nothing says retro more than rick rack. So, I also added some jumbo gold rick rack around the edge:
Now, grab the back of your stocking, which we cut out and set aside earlier. Lay this on top of your completed front, making sure that it is centred. Pin them together and cut them out:
You may be wondering why we didn’t just cut out the stocking front in the first place, and there is a good reason for that. Applique and embroidery can cause the fabric to bunch together very slightly, and you might have possibly ended up with a stocking front that was no longer the same size and shape as the stocking back. Cutting it out after we’ve done all of the embellishment ensures that both parts are the same size.
At this point, if you like, you may want to add some stiffness to your stocking front. Iron on interfacing works well for this, simply cut out a piece the same size and shape as your stocking front and iron it on. This, however, is a totally optional step, and it largely depends upon how stiff the fabric that you used for your stocking is.
Now, you’ll want to sew your stocking front and back together (remember, the seam allowance that we added is 1/2″). You will want to finish the seam of your stocking as well. I serged mine, however if you don’t have a serger, you may want to consider finishing the seams of yours with bias tape or seam binding, for a durable finish. Turn your stocking right side out – we’re almost there!
Now, you’ll want to grab your bias tape, and use that to encase the top of your stocking. You’ll also want to use another piece of it to make a loop to hang the stocking by.
That’s it! You’re done! Nothing to do now but to hang your stocking and admire your handiwork.
As promised, for the non-sewers, here’s how you can make a similar stocking without any sewing at all. You will need to find a plain stocking to purchase. You will also need Heat n’ Bond Ultra (it comes in the same package, but where the lite had purple on the package, the ultra has red). This Heat n’ Bond is designed for use where you are not going to sew the applique on at all (don’t try to sew over it, it will break needles left and right!). Use the Heat n’ Bond Ultra to attach your appliques, and you could use fabric paint to embellish around the edges of your appliques. Rick Rack could be hot glued on.
Alternately, if you are super crafty, this stocking would look gorgeous if you were to embroider the appliques by hand first, and maybe do the edges by hand instead of machine. Your options are endless, really!