Welcome to the fourth day of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.
You will find links to all the participating blogs at the very end of my post after the question. Thank you, Sarah, for coordinating this event. You might like to visit her blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, each day for her Christmas Quilt Along as well as enter daily to win prizes. Yes, there’s a giveaway going on with 12 daily and one grand prize. To enter, you must comment on each participating blog on their 12 Days of Christmas in July post AND also on Sarah’s blog. You have through July 26th to get all your reading and commenting finished. The list of participating blogs is at the end of my post.
Every year, Christmas sneaks up on me so I thought I’d get an early start this year. I have several ideas to share with you today. First, I’ll show you how I sewed this stocking which can be a fun gift for someone on your list or for a favor at your quilting guild.
The stocking is now filled with some fun but useful surprises which every sewist would like to have. Check back on Wednesday the 19th, Friday the 21st, Sunday the 23rd, and Tuesday the 25th as I reveal a new stocking stuffer and show you how to make them, too. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of that fun or any of the other things happening in my little quilting corner of the world, just follow my blog (check my sidebar to find buttons to follow by email, WordPress, or Bloglovin).
Next, I will also share with you this fun Christmas wreath project that I enlisted the help of some of my grandchildren while we were at the lake over the 4th of July.
Finally, I’m also including some helpful hints when working with children.
Part One: Let’s Make an Easy Mini Quilted Christmas Stocking
What you will need:
- one fat quarter of fabric (after cutting out your stocking using the pattern, cut out a 4″ square for the heel, a 2.5″ x 4″ strip for the toe, and a 6″ x 10″ strip for the cuff) These can all be the same fabrics or other fabrics if you want the scrappy look.
- fabric strips in a variety of widths 1″- 2″ wide and at least 7 inches long that have straight edges. You will need one 3″ x 5.5″ strip that goes from the heel piece to the right edge. You will need one 2.5″ x 6″ strip for the loop.
- one 10″ x 12″ piece of batting
- fabric basting spray or fabric glue or pins
- trim for the cuff, optional (pom poms, ric rac, etc.)
- free stocking pattern that I drew and can be downloaded as a pdf and printed from here stocking pattern
Cut out the paper pattern pieces matching the As and the Bs. For pattern accuracy, cut along the inside of the black line. Tape the top of the stocking onto the bottom piece.
Placing the right side of the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric, cut out the stocking. This will be the backing for the top and also becomes the inside of the stocking. Cut out another one for the back of the stocking. You need both to be facing that same direction and cut from the wrong side of the fabric.
Placing the right side of the pattern onto the batting fabric, cut out the stocking shape.
Spray baste the batting onto the wrong side of the backing. You could use fabric glue in a couple of places around each edge if you’d rather. Another alternative is to pin baste the pieces together, taking care to remove the pins BEFORE you sew the strips over them.
Place the 4″ heel square of fabric right side up on the batting matching the dots. Either spray, glue, or pin in place.
With right sides together, position a 3″ strip of fabric on the right side of the heel fabric at an angle. This will cover the stocking area from the heel to the right side of the stocking.
Sew 1/4″. Trim if needed, Flip and press lightly but don’t press the batting directly as I found mine would shrink a lot.
Start adding strips beneath the heel piece. Sew 1/4″. Trim if needed. Flip and press.
Keep doing this until you get about 1.5-2″ from the edge of toe.
Add the toe piece.
Continue adding rows above the heel all the way to the top. Adjust the angles of the strips if needed. The top strip doesn’t have to align with the fabric on its underside. Just make sure you are catching the lower fabric in the seam allowance. Trim seam, press, flip, and continue all the way to the top.
Turn over stocking and use the backing as a guide to trim the front pieces.
With right sides together, pin back onto quilted front.
Sew 1/2″ all along the sides and bottom but NOT the top edge. Zig zag raw edges or use a serger to join the pieces. Clip the two inner curves.
Turn right side out rounding out the heel and toes parts with your hand or blunt object.
The Hanging Loop:
Fold the 2.5″ x 6″ piece in half lengthwise and press. Unfold and take each side and fold it to meet the middle crease. Press the outside edges.
Now bring both halves together and press. After pressing, sew close to the edge.
Fold loop in half and stitch across raw ends to secure them in place. This is tricky and they want to stray, just take it slow and it will go.
Pin or glue baste the loop in place at the top inside of the stocking next to the left side seam on the back making the raw edges meet. The loop should be pointing down inside the stocking. Secure with a line or two of stitching about 1/4″ from the edge.
Fold the cuff in half with the short edges together and stitch a 1/2″ seam.
Press seam to side and fold in half with wrong sides together to form a circle. Press so cuff seam is in the middle of the back.
Pin cuff inside the stocking matching the top edge. The pressed cuff seams will match with the stocking seams.
Sew a 1/2″ seam and zig zag or serge. Turn cuff right side out.
Isn’t it cute!
This stocking is stuffed! Come back on Wednesday, as I begin to reveal the first of many surprises it holds.
Part Two: So the Kids Want to Make Something, too!
Child’s Project: Ring Wreath
What you will need:
- Metal canning jar rings (I used the regular size)
Since my jar rings were rather rusty, my husband spray painted them ahead of time for me. He was being a very helpful Tu-Na helper.
- Fabric cut into 3/4″ x 6″ strips (I used 30 for my ring but the kids used less.)
• One fabric string cut 1/4″ x 16″ for the hanging loop or you could use twine, string, yarn, or jute.
Show your little ones how to tie a fabric strip around the ring and pull it tight. Keep adding strips, pushing them tightly against the previously tied one.
When the ring is filled, push aside a couple of ties so you can tie the 1/4″ x 16″ strip (or string) around the ring for the hanging loop.
Then add a second knot further up creating the loop.
Part Three: How You and Your Children Can Enjoy Making Crafts Together:
- Make sure your project is appropriate for the age of your child. If it’s too difficult they may become frustrated. If it’s too easy they may lose interest.
- Break up the process into small sessions. Young children lose attention quickly. Let them come back to work on the project later.
- Don’t expect perfection.
- Show how but don’t take over. It may look very different from what you imagined.
- If the project is a bit too hard, think of things your child can do to help you.
- Be encouraging and offer praise.
- Most of all, have fun together.
What I Learned Today:
- It doesn’t matter if Christmas comes in December or July, it still catches me by surprise.
- Having a summer cold is miserable. I am on week three. Maybe it’s time to visit the doctor.
Question: What gifts do you want to sew this year? I’ve got to sew an apron for sure. My mother-in-law has been asking for one for a couple of years.
Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!
Friday, July 14th, 2017
The 12 Days of Christmas in July Has Arrived—Day One
Saturday, July 15th
We Need a Little Christmas—Day Two
Sunday, July 16th
Go Tell It on the Mountain—Day Three
Monday, July 17th
Deck the Halls–It’s Day Four of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop
Confessions of a Fabric Addict Sarah gives us another sewing assignment just like the others. She’s found some great looking origami ornaments to show us and we can make them too.
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats (Thanks for visiting me on the hop.)
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life Wendy adds a colorful touch to the holidays by showing how to color some holiday cheer with the children. You’ll be running for your box of crayons after reading this.
Crayon Box Quilt Studio Michele made a Christmas quilt. She shows how using charms, half charms, and sashing can make a beautiful quilt for anytime of the year. Look closely at the pics to see some design inspiration in her quilting.
Tuesday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 19th
Thursday, July 20th
Friday, July 21st
Saturday, July 22nd
Sunday, July 23rd
Monday, July 24th
Tuesday, July 25th
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