|Also, not pictured here is some scrap interfacing I had laying around. If your sweater is really stretchy you may want interfacing so it holds shape!|
You can use whatever fabric you want but I wanted to avoid a trip to the fabric store (those are not so easy with 2 babies!) so I am using a couple old fat squares and fleece scraps and an old sweater. Yup... I am turning a sweater into a stocking! The sweater shape and size is my biggest limitation for design of the stockings so I started with that and figured out how big I could make my stockings. Also, I wanted two so I was further limited.
|the belly part is the main part of the stocking and the sleeve will be the foot part|
|I made my pattern on newspaper after cutting the sweater|
|I wanted fleece at the top anyway but you can see here that my pattern barely fit on my folded fat square|
|Nothing too fancy for the fleece top part, just line it up on the patter and cut it about 1/2in too wide for seam allowances!|
After I had all the pieces cut out I decided to "embroider" (using my quilters foot) my daughters' names to their stockings. For the green side I just wanted it on the fleece top part and for the red side I cut out little fleece hearts to be sewn in the middle of the stocking later on. If you chose to do the standard glue and glitter (my stocking growing up was that way... still looks good after 25 years!) you don't have to do the names right away but because I embroidered and I didn't want a "wrong" side to show I embroidered before assembling the stockings!
To quilt/embroider a name (or anything for that matter) I like to use newspaper as a template. The newspaper is especially helpful when using something really stretchy or difficult to freehand on. But if you don't have newspaper or you feel like being brave you can skip the paper! Be sure to practice on some scraps! So first things first, replace your walking foot with the quilters foot and put the guiding teeth down.
|say, "hello" to the quilters foot... don't be scared of the quilters foot!|
I did a heart with their name for each red stocking and then did the same thing on the fleece strip for the top of the green stocking. Once the names are done you can start assembling the rest of the stockings! The green side is easiest so lets start there. First add the fleece top, put the right sides together and stitch.
|see how the name is upside down? flip it right side up and then fold to stitch the sides|
|sleeve pinned inside the belly, stitch it around like a sleeve on a shirt|
|pull the sleeve (now the foot/toe shape) out of the belly part and trim the excess|
|pin... there is a layer of interfacing on each side|
|stitch around, keep the heel rounded|
|fleece tube for red side top, layer it over the stocking and hand stitch through just the red side|
|Here's the red side|
|And here's the green side|