I made a set of Christmas stockings for my brother, his wife, and their baby daughter. I once again used the snowman appliques from McCall's Quick Quilts, but the basic pattern is from Studio Cherie. And this time, I made homemade piping to match the cuffs and snowman accessories. (Note: do NOT use kitchen cotton yarn as filler for your homemade piping - mine looks like flat piping, which is okay but not what I was going for.) I'm really happy with how these turned out, and I hope that they will love them, too! Great Christmas gift!
Original review photo
Original review (12/12):
**Full disclosure: I got a free copy of this pattern as a prize for completing an entry in the Think Pink contest sponsored by Studio Cherie.**
From the designer's etsy listing: Simply the best, most thorough pattern for making burlap stockings. If you want to make heirloom quality stockings, this pattern will walk you through it.
This listing is for the sewing pattern I used to make these. In the sewing pattern I show you how I work with burlap and appliques to make sturdy, fully lined, professional looking stockings. These are burlap on the front, feature fabric on the back. The way I do the underlining, interfacing and the quiting on these gives them a very professional look and feel. It is a very easy project in which you are likely to learn some new techniques that you can apply to other projects in the future, including how to work with piping.
Use this new sewing pattern to help you make over your own mantle this year with coordinating Christmas Stockings for the whole family. Cottage licensing included for those of you who would like to make stockings for sale.
One size : Finished Stockings are 16" long and 8" wide at the opening.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except that I decided not to use burlap! ;)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were very well-written, and the pictures that accompany them are good. I found it very easy to put these stockings together. The part that took the longest and was most difficult was the applique, and that's because I didn't choose extremely simple appliques for most of mine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wanted a pattern for a good-sized but basic stocking - i.e., no fancy shapes. I wanted it to be fully lined. This pattern totally fit the bill. You can get as fancy with embellishments as you like, or you can let the fabric shine through. I also liked the idea of using burlap, for a more old-fashioned, possibly rustic stocking. But in the end, I decided to go with something more washable.
The pattern calls for burlap underlined with a matching broadcloth for the front, the same broadcloth for the lining, and then a fashion fabric for the cuffs and back. Because I wanted these stockings to be easily washable, I chose a linen blend for the front, muslin for the lining, and the fashion fabric for the back and cuffs. The red scarf snowman and penguin stockings have a Christmas flannel as the fashion fabric; the other two are regular cotton wovens.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Like I said, I used a linen blend instead of burlap, and that meant I didn't have to underline with broadcloth. And I went with a muslin instead of broadcloth for the lining.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I just finished four stockings, and I'm very pleased. I may sew this again shortly if I make stockings for the pets (I'll shrink them down a bit if I do), and I'm thinking that some of these will make excellent gifts next year. I would definitely recommend this pattern. I was very pleased.
Sure, you could easily draw a stocking shape on paper and make your own pattern, but if you don't want to think too hard about it, just buy this pattern. Well written, easy to follow, and the results look great. I took my snowmen stockings up to show my DH before I had even finished putting them together (wanted his opinion on the beads I added to the faces), and he didn't realize they weren't finished and asked why I bought new stockings. Even after I pointed out that I had made them and they weren't finished, he couldn't believe that I hadn't bought them. (And he is normally quite blunt, so he wasn't just paying a nice compliment.) I just love how well these have turned out.