|I have been making these Christmas stockings for 40 years and no two are alike. In that time I have probably made hundreds, some for sale (early on) but most as wedding or baby gifts. This set has been made as a shower gift for a lovely Hispanic family in our church who are having a new baby boy.|
Strip patchwork is one of the first quilting techniques I learned and one of the easiest to do--use a basic shape, pin on a piece of fabric--in this case at the top of the stocking--stitch on another piece, fold down and keep on going until the shape is covered. The one rule of this game is that the seams must be straight. Stitch around the edge of the shape, trim then layer with one back, one layer of batting, two lining pieces, another batting and the top. The stockings are finished with double-fold bias tape.
For the purposes of the stash contest I am only claiming 1/2 yard of fabric (the scraps for the fronts) as I have had the shapes, backs, and linings cut out for quite a while. Some of the scraps used for the stocking fronts are 30+ years old--this is the project that never ends as it uses scraps. As far as actual fabric used, 4 backs can be cut from 1/2 yard, 2 linings from 1/2 yard, etc. I use recycled wedding aisle for the shapes so have not had to purchase for that in years.
I suppose I could count the batting as that has been in stash and was cut for this project (1 yd.).
These are fun to make and a great way to vent a creative spleen. They can be traditional red/green (adding yellow in this case), burgundy/hunter, pink/sage, glittery, funky--themed fabrics work well--the sky is the limit. Try it, you'll like it!