Monday, November 28, 2011

Ruffle Christmas Stocking

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and made it through Black Friday in one piece. I had a great time during my "vacation" but I am glad to be back. Let the Christmas decorating begin! Christmas is my favorite time of year and since my daughter is a little older now I decided to do more decorating and start some new traditions this year. I decided to make the whole family stockings this year. I started with mine, of course, because I knew exactly what I wanted. I decided to make mine full of ruffles and I love it. Sorry for the lack of pictures!

I used the free Christmas Stocking Pattern from Prudent Baby to get the correct shape. So let's get to the steps. Using the pattern cut two pieces, front and back, out of felt. Make lots of ruffles, tutorial here, out of any fabric of your choice. I made the ruffles one inch wide and I used about 3/4 of a yard of fabric. Next take your front piece of fabric and beginning at the top of your stocking sew your ruffles on. I sewed all the ruffles on 1/2 an inch apart. I am not going to lie to you this will take some time but worth it. Once you have finished place the stocking right sides together and sew 1/4 seam around the entire stocking. Trim any excess fabric or felt and turn it right side out. Iron the ruffles down using the cool setting on your iron.

I used some scrap cotton ribbon for the top of my stocking and to make the loop. Take your ribbon and fold it in half covering the top of your stocking. Sew a little bit above the bottom of your ribbon all around the stocking. Next cut 4 inches of the same ribbon and fold it in half. Sew the loop in place on the side of your stocking. I don't have a mantle but I do have a nice stair rail so I used another scrap piece of ribbon to tie the stocking to the stairs.

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