Stockings for Kids Tutorial Tuesday: Striped Stocking

This week Jeni over at one of my favorite blogs, In Color Order, has graciously agreed to share this striped stocking tutorial. I have been so excited to see her tutorial because she is so creative and does awesome things with color. And her tutorial does not disappoint - I love that she made it with non christmas-y fabrics and yet it still has that holiday feel. I might have to make a few of these to use in my house this year!

Thank you for all your help with the stockings (check out the flickr group -- there are so many gorgeous stockings posted!) and be sure to come back next week for another tutorial from Melissa over at Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.

Striped Stocking Tutorial

- Old stocking for tracing or there is a template available for free HERE (printed on 11x17 paper)
- Variety of scraps at least 12" in length
- 1/3 yard of stocking backing fabric
- 1/3 yard of lining fabric
- 1/3 yd fusible fleece
- 1/4 yard of cuff fabric

1. Choose your fabrics. For my stocking, I choose all different shades of green.

2. Lay out your template (printed, or an existing stocking), and measure the widest part, usually near the foot. Add an inch, this is going to be how long you want to cut your strips. Mine was 11" wide, so I cut my strips 12".

3. Cut your strips a variety of widths. I cut mine between 2.25" and 3.5". Once they're sewn together, you'll know if you need to cut more!

4. Sew your strips together along the long sides, creating a big rectangle until it is the size of your template. You may need to cut a few additional strips to make sure it's long enough. Press seams open. 

5. Using your template, cut out your stocking piece. Cut the stocking back out as well. Don't forget to flip your template over before cutting out your backing! You may choose to do both sides striped, but I used a solid for the back of mine!

6. Using your template, cut two pieces of fusible fleece, remembering to flip your template for the second one. Trim your fusible fleece down a 1/4" all the way around so it won't be in the seam allowance. Fuse by the manufacturer's instructions

7. Quilt the pieced front as desired, quilting through the front and fleece. I quilted mine using random diagonal lines with my walking foot.

8. I finished my stocking and added a cuff using Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew's Lined Stocking with a Cuff tutorial shared last month here on Purple Panda Quilts!


Anonymous said...

That is sew fun! I think I'm going to try and sew up some stockings for my family this year...something that we can keep for years to come! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my Grandmother's quilt! I still can't believe how quickly I got it done; in less then 72 hours! I must admit, though, that I had everything cut and ready to go as much as I could.

I haven't had a problem with washing the treated printed on fabric at all. The important thing that I have read, from other users and the manufacturers themselves, is that generic inks for your printer has been know to fade and/or bleed. But if you use an HP or other main brand ink, you shouldn't have a problem. I have found that you can use bleached muslin just fine, but your picture will show up better and be more "defined" if you use a more tightly woven fabric then muslin or broad cloth.

This is the tutorial that I used and I found it very helpful. Many site said to iron your fabric onto freezer paper and then put it through the printer. But I didn't have any success doing this. Following the advice in tutorial, though, worked great! (But you must leave about 2" at the top of the paper, where it feeds through the printer, or it will get caught on the rollers and totally ruin your fabric. Trust me, I know this!).

Good luck with your quilt!

teresamnj said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing. :)

Alan said...

This looks really good

Kansas Princess Jan said...

I love the look of that stocking, I am going to try this one for sure. Thanks for sharing. check out my blog at kansasprincessjan.blogspot.com. Thanks! Jan