Merry meet all,
Yule and the Winter Solstice are almost here!! Are you decking your halls and wassailing yet? I got a big spurt of Yule spirit. A friend of mine was seriously in need of some Yule gear and cheer. I cheered her up by sewing her two lovely big Yule stockings.
I found the prettiest fabric at the store. The white cotton was decorated with a print of festive evergreen leaves. It was the prettiest fabric at the store. Yule stockings make a great gift as they can be used over and over again.
I found pretty dark green cotton fabric to accompany the printed fabric. I learned a lot about sewing stockings. I found a Yule crafts book at the library. To my wondering eyes, a sewing pattern for stockings was found in the back of the book. I traced out and created the sewing pattern on white plain blank paper. I traced the pattern out onto the fabric. Then I embarked upon the difficult and rarely joyous project. The lining and outer fabric got stitched together the wrong way. The second stocking turned out better. By then, I knew what I was doing.
When sewing stockings, cut out from the pattern with care. Sew the lining pieces together and the outer fabric pieces together-then join them all. If you sew the pieces the way I did the wrong way, it will show that way. Don’t add any quilt batting because it will cause grief while sewing. Sew nice and neatly and always trim your threads.
How I stitched the top of the stocking to make edges neat. I folded and stitched the top hem of the lining stocking twice. I remembered to iron and then I tucked the lining with the right side showing into the outer stocking. Then I made the top hems of the outer and the lining meet and stitched. It looks beautiful.
I also added a ribbon loop to the upper corner of the first stocking. I forgot to add the loop to the second stocking. But it is good to bear in mind while you are sewing to remember to attach that. Smooth the fabric with your hands as you sew. When you have added the lining, work out the fabric fully into the outer stocking. Tease out the points and make sure it is all smooth. A seam ripper is perfect for that.
You can add little bows or ribbons or bells to a stocking. The lining fabric will give the stocking the illusion of looking full and pretty. Cotton batting is a headache. It is bulky and will catch under the presser foot. So the lining adds the bulk to the stocking naturally.
I wish you all good luck in creating your own yuletide stockings.
Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(