I am not much of a seamstress. I am basically self taught and after a horrible sewing machine accident that had a needle completely piercing and stuck in my right index finger I was a little gun shy (to say the least). However, when a dear crafty friend asked folks to make her a little holiday stocking to distribute to seniors with holiday cards, I knew I wanted to try to make one.
I didn’t have a pattern, but I thought how difficult could that be? I just drew a little stocking on some copy paper with a bit of an upturned toe. I pinned it onto some beautiful peridot green and blue sample upholstery fabric (you can often get these for free when fabric lines are being discontinued if you ask store clerks nicely), and then cut around the pattern, leaving a 1/4″ extra all the way around (for a seam allowance) and an extra 1.5″ at the top (so I could turn down the cuff). I cut away some little triangles of fabric where I knew I would need to ease the fabric into tighter areas (like in the toe or rounded heel). Then with right sides together, I sewed all around the stocking, except the top 1.5″.
The next step was to invert the sewn stocking, and then complete the sewing of the remaining top edges. I also decided to sew on a bit of natural fiber trim along the raw cuff edge to hide the unfinished fabric. Two rows of that trim seemed to add a nice fluffiness. After turning down the cuff, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it looked like the elfin stocking I had imagined in my mind when I started!
To add a bit of homespun vintage charm and whimsy, I hand sewed some crocheted flowers, fun buttons, and even a jingle bell to the toe. I hope the senior who receives this stocking (that I’ll be filling with some yummy chocolate treats) will enjoy this little bit of homemade holiday love. 🙂
This holiday stocking is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Peridot Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Holidays Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge – WINNER
Oh good for you! It turned out great! Personally, I don’t do the “S” word – my hubby owns a sewing machine – I would not touch it with a ten foot pole! So kudos to you for your time & effort – and congrats on how well it turned out! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C: [ATG/ NO Twist: ]
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Thanks so much Ginny! Yep, the S word and I are not great friends but hopefully with little projects like this I won’t be afraid of it. LOL
I am sure this will be received with so much love! Wonderful job on it! Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends! 🙂
Super project.Love the colours and design.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
Cute creation! Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create!
You did a great job on that. It’s so cute!
This is sew sew sew cute! I like the festive and untraditional feel to it. Great job!
well done. it’s a gorgeous stocking, very lush and opulent. thank you for sharing with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx
Thanks so much Theresa! I was hesitant to try sewing again, but I’m a sucker for a good cause and I figured making something from the heart would have to turn out okay. 🙂 TFStopping by and leaving your sweet comment! Hugs, Kristina
Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing this lovely project with us at Addicted to Stamps and More blog. Please join us again soon!
🙂 Marie ATSM DT
lovely project thanks for sharing with Creatalicious Rachel DT
Cute project! Thank you so much for joining us at Adiicted to Stamps and More!
A wonderful stocking!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional black & white + one colour” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
This is beautiful and very creative. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create.
Thank you so much Lorraine! I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave a sweet comment!