Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crazy Flannel Christmas Stockings! -- A Charm Pack Tutorial

I Love Flannel (I also love fleece and minky and anything soft and fuzzy.  Just ask my husband, I live in fuzzy pants, a little to his dismay.  Why can't fuzzy pants be sexy?) !


For over a year now I have been saving two of these beautiful Moda Charm packs from Holly Taylor:

Moda improved their flannels sometime last year.  I forget the exact details of it all, but it is supposed to result in less pilling (you know those weird fuzzies and stuff that ruin the nap of your flannel fabrics?).  I am happy to report that these flannels were wonderful to work with and so far no pilling. :) 

Getting to the point and the tutorial...I decided my project with these charm squares would be a fun Christmas stocking.  Perfect for a wintry log cabin or my momma's house in the deep snow covered woods! 





MATERIALS:

1.   If you do not want to use the pattern piece I drew, then you can create your own by tracing a stocking of your favorite shape or hand drawing one yourself. 

Take whatever pattern piece you choose and cut out 2 of the interior material and 2 of the fusible fleece. 





2.  Attach the fusible fleece according to manufacturers directions to your interior pieces. 

**If you do not have or want to use fusible fleece, you can use poly/cotton batting or regular fleece and attach it with a sew through bonding material, spray or baste it together.  I use fusible fleece because it is fast!**


3.  Setting aside 9 charm squares for the end.  Cut the rest of the squares into quarters.  So that you have 4,
  2 1/2" squares for each 5" square. 


4.  Place 2 of the squares on the tip of the stocking  and sew 1/4" - 3/8" from the edge of each square (see second picture below). 




5.  Turn stocking over and sew the toe closed 1/4" from the edge. 



6.  Trim excess fabric from squares off of stocking toe. 


7.  If you want the edges frayed, you can fray them now or at the end.  Arrange the next squares over top of the previous squares. And repeat step 4. 



8. Continue this method of layering, sewing, fraying, trimming. Until your stocking is covered. 


9.  Edge stitch along the outside of the stocking at 1/8" - 1/4" To hold design in place at edges. 

10.  Repeat steps 4 - 9 with the other stocking piece. 


11.   Place stocking pieces right sides together, so that the interior of both stocking pieces is on the outside.   Sew together with a  1/2" - 5/8" seam allowance along all edges but the top, what will be the opening, of the stocking. 


12.  Turn stocking right side out. 




13.  Take one of the eight charm squares you set aside and cut it in half so you have two 2 1/2" by 5" strips. 



14.  Sew the strips together along the 2 1/2" sides with a 1/4" seam allowance, creating a 2 1/2" by 9 1/2" strip. 


 15.  Fold strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. 


Open and press the sides in, wrong sides together, to meet at the folded line. 


Fold in half again and press. 


Sew open edge closed with an edge stitch.  Fold completed strip in half lengthwise. 


16.  This strip will be your hanging loop.  Find the back edge of your stocking, the top where the seam is diagonally across from the toe of the stocking, pin the hanging loop here inside the stocking.  

The looped end should be inside hanging toward the bottom of the stocking and the raw edges should be touching and pined inside the stocking against the seam 3rd picture below. 

Sew in place with a 1/2" Seam allowance.  Sew over it 2-3 times to secure it in place.  






17.   Take the remaining 8 full size charm squares and arrange them into 2 sets of 4.  This will become the cuff of the stocking. One set of 4 will be seen on the outside and one set of 4 will not be seen at all.  

Sew each set of 4 together into a strip with a 1/4" seam allowance. Then sew the two strips together lengthwise also with a 1/4" seam allowance. 



 18.  Cut a 4 3/4" x 18 1/2" rectangle from the remaining fusible fleece.  Attach the fleece to the wrong side of one of the sides of the cuff. 


19.  Fold the cuff in half lengthwise and sew the edges closed with 1/4" seam allowance. 


20.  Fold cuff in half widthwise with the fabric you want to show on the cuff together.    Kind of wrap the cuff around the top of your stocking to see how much excess there is.  Usually about 1 - 2".  Subtract 1/2" from the total amount of excess and then cut that amount off of the cuff.  

Pin the cuff right sides (the fabric you want to show on the stocking) together width wise and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Creating the cuff. 

Turn cuff so that the seam is on the inside. 


21.  Put the cuff inside the stocking, with the right side of the cuff (side you want to show) against the wrong side of the stocking.  Pin and sew the cuff to the stocking using a 5/8" seam allowance. 




Pull cuff out of the stocking.


And fold over the top of the stocking. 

Tada! :)   Add an embroidered/quilted name or design on the cuff. if you wish. 


Here it is without the fraying.  I like the frayed look...hubby does not. 


So I know this tutorial was a longer project.  So if you don't have that much time you can whip up a faster flannel stocking with 1/2 yard of flannel fabric, 1/4 yard of matching fabric and the other materials listed at the top, minus the charm pack. 

I did this one up for the hubby because he likes Kermit and does not care for the "mismatching of quilting", his words, not mine. ;) 

Repeat step 1 and 2 of the tutorial.  

Then Cut out the flannel fabric with the pattern piece.   

Sew the flannel piece to the inside pieces by starting in the center of the stocking and then quilting out to the toe.  Then go back to the center and quilt out to the top of the stocking.  Repeat for other side.  

Repeat steps 11 and 12.

Cut out a strip of coordinating fabric to measure 2 1/2" x 10" and repeat steps 15 and 16.

Cut out a piece of coordinating fabric and a piece of fusible fleece to measure 17" x 9 1/2".

Repeat steps 18 through the end.  


As always, I hope you had fun!  And this time that Santa loads your stocking full of awesome goodies and if you are lucky sewing supplies!

~Aubrey

1 comment:

Lilly Briar said...

I totally love this stocking! It’s kind of rustic, the colours are very earthy, and the patches almost make it look like it was made from scraps – of course the colour combinations and square edges are a little too perfect for it to be made out of scraps, but it achieves a similar effect. It kind of reminds me of a collage!

I was actually considering doing a blog post about interesting Christmas stockings, in which I would show about 10 pictures of unique and interesting Christmas stockings, discuss what I like about them, and either show which website it came from, or show where to buy them.
If I were to create such a blog post, would you allow me to include this stocking and show a picture of it in the blog post? I would post the name and link to your website, and explain that you have more pictures of it on your website as well as instructions on how to make it.

If you would not like me to include your work on my blog I would completely understand. I would not want to go against anyone’s wishes. I would also not want anyone to feel I was taking credit for anyone else’s work – my goal is merely to display unique and fun SOCK-related items, explain how I discovered them, and give instructions as to where others can find them.

Anyways, you did a great job!

Love,

Lilly Briar - The Lonely Sock

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