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I planned to make some stockings last weekend, to put small gifts and holiday treats in for friends and family, but I got a cold. This week, I decided it was not too late! I downloaded the Connecting Threads' free pattern for Homespun Christmas Stockings and promised myself I would only use fabric from my stash.
The strips were sewn together, cross-cut, and reassembled as shown. I printed the stocking template on Quilter's Freezer Paper Sheets to be ironed onto the fabric. The same template was reused multiple times to cut out the front, back and lining pieces. It is important to remember to reverse the template when directed.
The front and its lining are sewn with the cuff in the middle and then folded over batting. I did a simple linear quilting design, through the center of each row in one direction only, using the #4 Serpentine stitch on my Bernina. The back and its lining are joined the same way but not quilted.
To save time, I decided to not add binding as the pattern suggests. I sewed the front and back with right sides together, used an Overlock stitch on my sewing machine to finish the edges (optional), turned it right side out, and added the loop.
The single stocking on the left is made from a strip set, leftover from sewing a catalog sample, that I picked up at work. It turned out to be my favorite!
To simplify the next four stockings, I just sewed the strips together, placed the template on the strip set at a 45° angle, and cut out four stockings using fabrics mainly from the Technicolor Tidings collection. The picture on the top right shows how the front (or back), cuff, and lining are sewn together.
The Serpentine quilting stitch is easy and so decorative!
Okay, Christmas is in four days. To make the stockings faster, they would still be cute if the front was a solid piece of fabric (or a leftover block) and the quilting step was eliminated. The stockings finish at about 6-1/2" x 8-3/4"; the templates could be reduced in size to make Christmas tree ornaments for gifts.
These Homespun Christmas Stockings are a quick way to give a handmade gift; they can be filled with treats or small presents to delight family, friends and coworkers!
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday!