Hello lovely friends! It’s time for another Blog Hop! Christmas in July. I love this time of year. Stores like Hobby Lobby begin to bring out their Christmas decor and Holiday fabric begins to arrive at the quilt shops. It’s a time to start making Holiday plans an we all need this time cause the Holidays are expensive.
The theme ‘Then and Now’ is a good one. When making plans you should look back in order to decide the later. Looking over my Christmas projects I’ve realized I come up short. I don’t have much. It got me to thinking about why that is and how to fix it.
Make more stuff!
If you’ve been around long you know Bumbleberry Stitches is not strictly a quilting blog, thus the name Stitches. I’m all about the stitches from crochet to machine sewing. So I’d like to look back at the then and show some examples of that from previous blog hops.
So, this last photo of this cross stitch stocking that was never finished as a stocking brings me to the now. I have 2 more that I stitched and 1 that needs to be started. I’m such a slow pokey. lol
The pattern for these came from Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine as far back as the 1980’s & 1990’s. I didn’t stitch them till the early 2000’s. It’s way over time to get them finished as a stocking.
As you can see from the above photo I added upholstery trim to the outer edges. I hand sewn that down so it would be exactly where I wanted it to be. The hand stitches also give me a machine sewing guide when I added the backing.
For the lining I choose a fabric by Laura Berringer called Semi Solid from Marcus fabrics. The color is so close to the blue stitched in all the stockings.
I found some blue velvet upholstery fabric that almost exact to the blue threads.
The construction of the stockings was no different then what most tutorials online show so I’m not going to go through all of the steps. I am going to show you a couple of things I do that I picked up from my prim doll making days.
After I trace the template I cut it out using pinking shears. I find this to be helpful when dealing with the curves.
The second thing I do is I always use a 1/2″ seam or more. I save the 1/4″ for quilts. 🙂 To do this I use an open toe foot and move the needle to the far left. I line the fabric with the edge of the foot and sew. If I have to make pattern adjustments I will. I like a wider seam and on the curves I sew twice. I want to put a lot of stress on the stitches and not have it rip.
So there they are and I just love them.
The back of the stockings.
I have one more stocking to stitch. My oldest son didn’t like his. It was to kiddy and it had a mauve colored dresser. I give that one away and now I’m going to stitch another from this same collection. It’s okay. I stitched his first and finished it but didn’t like the finishing. These are better. So if he wants a new one, well, I’ll stitch it.
Here’s a picture of the pattern.
He wants me to leave the teddy bear out. lol
I hope your having a good day blog hopping. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for being such a great host.