The countdown is on to the holidays but there’s still plenty of time to get in some festive sewing projects.
This pattern has been on my to-do list for a while. It was a hand-me-down from my Aunt who loved the idea of it but never got around to working on this project. I, of course, naturally gravitated towards the adorable dog in this pattern.
I’ve been a fan of paper piecing for a while. I think for me one of the stumbling blocks to starting a project is prepping and cutting all your fabrics. With paper piecing, you still cut out fabric, but there aren’t precise measurements – pieces that are bigger than needed for the section you are working on are always a safer bet.
Once you get the swing of paper piecing, you can finish certain projects in a rather timely manner.
The trick with paper piecing that has always messed with my head is that your project comes together the reverse of what the pattern initially looks like. I traced this pattern on to a plain piece of paper so I can use the pattern over again.
There are three sections to this pattern (A, B, C) and you piece together each section separately and then sew them together.
There are many in-depth tutorials for paper piecing, but the abbreviated version is:
- Secure your first piece of fabric (usually labeled “1” on your pattern piece) wrong sides together to your pattern piece (so the wrong side of your fabric to the back of your pattern) completely covering section “1” with enough overlap to ensure you have at least a 1/4 inch border.
In this case, I used a white fabric for section 1 and it didn’t matter which was the right side and which was the wrong side, but if you have a two sided fabric, it will matter – it will matter very much! Some people use a dab from a glue stick to keep it secure to the pattern. I use a straight pin and then remove it once I’ve sewn the next few sections.
2. Next you will follow the paper piece pattern numerically. Look for section “2.” Fold over the paper on the line between 1 and 2. Use a 1/4 inch ruler and trim any excess fabric from section 1.
3. Then take your fabric for section 2, place it right sides together with your fabric from section 1, and line it up with the fabric so is a 1/4 inch longer than the line between section 1 and 2. I usually hold it in place but you can also secure it with a pin.
4. With your pattern facing up so you can see various sections, stitch along the line between section 1 and 2.
5. Press open the piece you were just working on.
6. Repeat these steps by going to the line between section 2 and 3 and folding back to trimming, then securing a new piece of fabric. And so on, and so on…
As you work away, every time you press open your new section of fabric it reveals a part of the design on the back of your paper pattern!
Once each of the sections were complete, I was able to piece them together forming the front of my Christmas stocking.
The rest of the assembly included adding some batting to the front and back pieces and quilting.
I used some Maderia gold thread on some of the quilting I did on the front of my stocking. This Maderia metallic is a fabulous weight and didn’t require any adjustments to the tension on my Janome Skyline S9 sewing machine.
I love the look of metallic thread. This is Madeira metallic thread. Ask your local Janome Canada dealer about the full range of Madeira threads and stabilizers that Janome Canada distributes – polyneon, cotona, aeroquilt, aerolock ,aeroflock, thread boxes, mini chests, stabilizers of every type ……and more. Ed.
I pieced together the front and back of my stocking and now just need to finish off the eyes and nose on my puppy and it’s ready for hanging.
Is it too soon to hang up Christmas stockings?
Do you do any holiday sewing? Do you sew decor items for the holidays or focus more on sewing gifts? What sewing project are you working on right now?