Wednesday, December 23, 2009

stockings for the family... here's my method

layla's stocking is the red sock and maiko's is the green sock, i'm going to make one for eislee, matt and me too... so i'm gonna share how i made them in case anyone else wants to do the same...

first i drew out a pattern... i used the ruler to measure the top of the sock nine inches and the top of the cuff nine inches... then i drew the rest free hand... i just made the sock come in a little and made the cuff come out a little....

see comes out like this... the tops will sew together nicely since they are both nine inches... which will end up being about sixteen inches around with the half inch seam allowances...

now it's time to cut the fabric... i just folded the fabric in half with the selvage edges lined up and pinned my pattern down and cut around it... so you need to cut two main sock pieces and then i cut out two sock pieces of another fabric for a lining and i cut out four cuff pieces with the same fabric i used for the lining...(i tryed my pattern out on some old fabric just to make sure it would come together nice before i cut my new christmas fabric)

then you pin the sock pieces right sides together and sew a half inch seam around the sock leaving the top open and do the same with the lining...

the cuff is a little tricky so i will explain the best i can... you match up the cuff pieces like so (right sides together) and sew the sides together half inch seams leaving the top and bottom open...

then you take the two sewn cuff pieces and pin the bottom together (which is the jagged edge in case your at all confused) :) and then you sew with half inch seams (when i come to the corner i just make sure my needle is down in the fabric and i pull up the presser foot and do a little pivot with the fabric and put the presser foot back down and continue sewing.... when you finish sewing this part you need the clip the corners...

and when you turn it inside out it looks like this...

then i cut a three by five rectangle (this is for the little loop where you hang the stocking) and i folded the rectangle in half length wise, right sides together and stitched a quarter inch seam, then trimmed the excess fabric and turned the loop right side out... then you pin the cuff and sock together with the loop in between... you want to pin it so the excess fabric will be under the cuff and so that the loop will come in between the cuff and lining then you sew it together and fold down the cuff and voila! your finished! now, i'm not so great at explaining so if anyone wants to make this and dosen't understand any part of my instructions feel free to email me or leave a comment if you don't have my email :) merry christmas everybody!

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