After staying up past midnight last night cutting out the pieces for the last three Christmas stockings, I had the jump on today’s crafting that I was hoping for. Not only did I finish the four stockings for our holiday, but I also finished the last sewing project I had for Christmas gifts. It’s a good thing I’m taking a little break because my hands are torn up from the rotary cutter and straight pins. It’s nights like tonight I know I am a beginner.
Anyway, check out these stockings!!!!
I’m sorry for the quality of the picture. I was in such a hurry today trying to finish the majority of my projects and doing the shopping, wrapping and baking…..there’s just not enough time for it all. I didn’t set up for the photo like I wanted to, so I hope to work on a better set of photos down the road.
There are quite a few free sewing patterns for Christmas stockings on Pinterest and that is where I searched first. I checked out three of them that all stated they were easy and quick. After reading the three different directions and reviewing the pattern template, I decided to try this wonderful pattern. The Fabricworm Website has a ton of tutorials for a variety of skill levels and they are all so easy to work with. I knew right away that my stockings had the best chance for success at my skill level with the great step by step instructions and photos they offered with the pattern template.
What I love about these stockings is that they feel thick just like the ones you order online or buy at the nicer department stores. It’s an easy pattern to put together with a wonderful template for the stocking and a PDF printout that has all the step by step instructions and photos to help you along. I had the fabric for the lining and for the stockings outer fabric, but I did not have cotton batting for the pattern. I didn’t fret about it though, there are some great substitution ideas online from other people much more advanced at sewing, so I read a few ideas online and finally I settled on the fleece I had in my stash and got busy!
I don’t know if you can tell, but the red stocking was the first one I created. The green is the last one I put together. I can see my confidence grow with each stocking I made and the fourth one is beautifully put together! Even with the poor lighting, you can see they are both so unique and lovely!!
By the third and fourth stockings I didn’t even have to review the PDF notes, I could put it together on my own….now, to be fair, there were some problems I ran into that had nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with my skill level:
The lighter stocking with the red cuff on it has writing on the fabric. When I followed the directions that worked perfectly for all the other stockings, I found that for this fabric it created one side that had the writing upside down….I know, I should have thought about it when I made the first cut, but live and learn. Now I know for the future that if I pick something with writing on it, it will be a bit more tricky than just directional patterned fabrics.
I have to be honest and say that this is probably my favorite sewing project so far!!
I am in love love love with these stockings! They worked up simply and quickly and they look better than professional…they look personal. I am going to be sad to pack these away when the holiday is over…..or….maybe I can keep them out a little longer because they deserve a better photo shoot.
If you have a sewing machine I highly recommend you check out the blog at The Fabric Worm. They have so much to teach, lots of free patterns and downloads and a sister site that sells fabric for a one stop shopping experience.
If you do decide to create Christmas stocking of your own, I would love to see your finished products, so leave me a comment and a photo below.