I had the day off on Monday and felt it was high time to decorate my home for Christmas……I figured if I left it any longer I wouldn’t bother as it would be unpacking it all just to pack it away again a few days later!
In setting up my things, I realized that my precious little grandbaby does not have her own Christmas stocking. SO I set about correcting that dreadful omission: I decided to take pics along the wayso that I could share my progress through the project with you.
Want to know how to make this?
Cut up your Christmas fabric scraps into 2 inch squares.
Draw a 2 inch square grid on the non-glue side of fusible interfacing. This pic shows the non-glue side after fusing
Turn fusible interfacing over to glue side and position the 2 inch fabric squares on the grid. There should not be much space between the blocks. Using an applique pressing sheet, fuse the fabric to the interfacing with an iron.
Now take gold fusible bias tape (1/4 inch wide) and position across "joins" and fuse with an iron after peeling away the paper on the back of the bias tape.
At this point I fused a piece of fusible batting to the reverse side of the front of my stocking.
Thread up the machine with 2 spools of gold metallic thread.
Insert a 4mm twin needle & thread with the gold thread. I also used the Janome F2 open toe foot instead fo the A foot shown here as it was easier to see where I was sewing.
Sew all strips of gold bias tape in position. using a twin needle means only having to make one pass + this also becomes the quilting - ALL in one step.
Now for the back of the stocking: fuse batting to the reverse side of a piece of Christmas fabric and cut into the same stocking shape as the front: remember that it has to be the mirror image!
Using the quilting guide bar which fits into the Acufeed foot (shown here) or the regular ankle or the walking foot; grid quilt the entire back of the stocking.
Cut a complimentary fabric for the top name section on the front: back it with fusible batiing and sew to the top of the stocking with a 1/4 inch seam. Now hoop up that section and position the fabric in the hoop using templates or your Janome Clothsetter to embroider the applicable name in the center. I choose to use gold metallic thread and the First Grade font built into the Janome MC11000 or MC12000 embroidery machines
Take a short strip of fabric or ribbon and form a loop to sew into the back of the stocking just below the top so that you can hang it up later.
Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric same size as front & back (remenber the mirror image thing again). Sew the top edge of one lining to top of front & repeat for the back. lay both out on the table lining up the WRONG sides of the lining & stocking: linings should be lined up & front & back of stocking on other end. Pin in place especially at the top seams. Sew all the way around the stocking leaving a section about 4 inches open on the back flat section of the boot on the lining. You will join it later & it will not be seen inside the stocking.
trim seams & clip on curved parts on both outer & lining sections.
Flip to right sides out, press and sew the opening closed - this indicates where the opening was.
Push the lining down into the stocking & smooth to even it all. Using the free arm of your JANOME sewing machine, top stitch around the top edge
voila!! It is done. Now you'll have to go shopping to fill it!!