It's November and many people start thinking of decorating for Christmas. The Island Batik Ambassadors had the challenge this month to make a Creative Christmas Stocking, so we are getting in the holiday spirit.
I thought long and hard about what kind of stocking to make. I wanted to make something with a lot of different fabrics from the last shipment of fabrics. Since most of my fabrics were not what I'd normally think of as Christmas colors it was a challenge to decide what to make. After MANY designs, I finally decided on the stocking wrapped with colorful Christmas lights. I ended up using 13 different fabrics, so that met my personal goal.
You can find many patterns and directions on Pinterest, so I picked a general stocking pattern and went to work. First thing to do was to cut two outside fabrics and two lining fabrics from the Island Batik Baroque Collection and two pieces of batting. I used Hobbs Thermore Batting as it is very thin and would work well for this project. The lining fabrics are almost to pretty to hide inside!
I made 9 light bulbs for the front and 9 for the back and one plug. I wasn't sure which way this stocking would hang, so I wanted both sides to be decorated. The Prairie Spirit Alpaca pressing mat works great for pressing/fusing the appliques.
First I had to couch some yarn for the cord, then I fused the bulbs. I like to use things I have on hand and I found some dark brown macramé cord to use. It was a surprise when it started to melt from the heat of the iron! I had to be very careful when pressing the bulbs! Lesson learned!
Buttonhole stitching around the bulbs took 12 different Aurifil threads! Lucky for me I have a nice collection of Aurifil from the Ambassador program! Schmetz Super Nonstick Needles work great with sewing appliques. They are the needles I always use for fusible applique.
After trimming the pieces, the next step was to sew the front and back to the lining pieces (making sure the toes are turning the correct way). Press the seam open, then lay the rights sides together and sew around leaving an opening to turn along the lining edge. Turn inside out, press and sew the opening closed. Then tuck the lining inside.
Here is the stocking both front and back.
It's all ready to hang for Christmas at our fireplace. Does this get you in the mood for some Christmas sewing?
Many thanks to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Schmetz Needles, Aurifil Thread and Prairie Spirit Alpacas for supplying products for this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.
You can check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors stockings at the websites below: