Christmas Stockings

I made some beautiful quilted stockings for a friend, and a couple for a gift exchange.  They turned out well, and are very easy to make! In my last post I said that I would get you directions for how to make your own quilted stockings, so here we go:Christmas stockingsMaterials:

  • Numerous fabrics to strip quilt the stocking front (a fat quarter of each is sufficient)
  • 1/3 yard of material for stocking back
  • 1/3 yard of material for lining
  • 1/3 yard of batting
  • Stocking to trace for a pattern or download one from the web

First, cut out strips of fabric for the strip-quilted front of the stocking.  Mine were two inch strips.  For my stocking pattern to fit, I needed 13 strips.

Lay out the strips and then sew together using a 1/4″ seam.

strip quiltingPress the seam allowance one direction, just to make it easier to sew.back of strip quilting

After you have enough strips for your stocking pattern to fit, cut out your stocking front.  Remember to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance if your pattern doesn’t include it.Stocking frontCut out the remaining pieces for the stocking so that it can be assembled:  1 stocking back, 2 batting and 2 lining.

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Arrange your “outside” stocking pieces so that they can be sewn together:  1 layer of batting, topped with the stocking back, topped with the stocking front (right sides together) and topped with the final layer of batting.Stocking layersSew together using a 1/4″ seam.  Trim/clip curves.  SewnTurn right side out and iron.right side outNext, assemble the lining.  Place the lining pieces right sides together and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  On one side of the stocking, leave a 3-5″ gap.liningLeave the lining as is, and do not turn right side out at this point.  Stuff the outside of the stocking into the lining.  Right sides should be together.  IMG_0975Line up the top edges so that they can be sewn together.  If you want to add a ribbon or bias tape to hang the stocking, do so now.  The looped part will be placed between the lining and the quilted layer, with the loop pointed down and the ends of the loop into the seam.  Match seams and pin into place.Line up edgesSew around the edge, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Reinforce seam where ribbon or bias tape hanger is located in the seam.Sewing edgesTurn right side out using the gap that you left in the stocking lining.  Lining and stockingHand sew the opening closed.  Iron the lining flat, and then insert into the “outside” of the stocking.  Iron again, and you are done!Christmas stockingsSuch a simple, but beautiful way to decorate for Christmas.  And functional, too!

A couple of notes:  The outside could be more elaborate with quilted blocks or even an appliquéd design.  The assembly would still be the same after the front of the stocking was completed.

I also added my label to the inside of the stocking, rather than drawing attention to it on the outside.  I sewed it into place prior to assembling the lining.  One could also add a secret pocket to the lining for money or other Christmas treasures.  The sky’s the limit!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~IngridSanta Pic

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

I can’t believe there are only five days until Christmas!  I always seem to have a few projects to get done around the holidays, and this year was no exception.  It’s really too bad that I usually give these items as gifts or donations items…one of these days I should really focus on sewing for myself!

I made this beautiful Christmas table runner for my Soroptimist International of Helena holiday gathering and auction.

Christmas table runnerThe pattern is from the Recipe Bunny blog.  She had a great tutorial on layout with yardage and instructions.  It was very easy to follow, and fairly quick to make.

I’ve also made quite a few of these stockings.  I need to make my youngest son his own stocking, so this was a nice project to get things going.  I took enough pictures that I will probably make a tutorial for my next post…hopefully before Christmas!

Christmas stockingsNext up (before Christmas) are pajamas for the boys for Christmas eve, then a Christmas stocking for G so that he doesn’t have to have one of the dog’s old Christmas stockings…I think if he knew, he might be offended…but then again, he’s not even 2.

Merry Christmas!

~Ingrid

 

 

 

Trick or Treat!

Fall is here in Montana!  The mornings are cool, but the days are still pleasant (thankfully).  Somehow all of September and October have flown by, and here we are on Halloween.  My kids are sleeping peacefully as I write, tuckered out from some mid-day trick-or-treating on the walking mall.   Our downtown businesses are so hospitable, opening their doors during the afternoon for the youngsters.  The kids had a blast playing outside, collecting treats, and walking a few blocks.  It was great.

This Halloween, I thought I was going to have it easy.  Our oldest (still obsessed with firemen) wanted to be a fireman.  We already have that costume.  I thought it would be cute to have his brother be the firehouse dalmatian.  My assistant even loaned out her dalmatian costume to us.  It was too big for our youngest, so F tried it on and decided he’d rather be a dalmatian, too.  I thought that would be fine, I’ll just make a dalmatian for his brother.  Easy.

I went to JoAnn’s and bought a pattern I could modify into a dalmatian.

Simplicity 1351The fox was an appropriate choice.  I only had to modify the ears to make a cute little dalmatian.  I bought the polar fleece and notions to get it done.

After awhile, Finn was asking if I was going to make him a dalmatian costume, too.  My sweet boy loves it when I make things for him.  Of course I’ll make him one, too.  How can I refuse when I know in a few years he probably won’t want anything I make for him?  So back I went to JoAnn’s to get more polar fleece and another zipper.

I had good intentions of starting these costumes in early October, but after a couple of work trips and CE classes, I was down to the last weekend before Halloween.  I was able to start and finish BOTH costumes the Sunday before Halloween.  My hubby was so awesome to keep the kids occupied while I worked away like an elf at Christmas.  It only took 8 hours (THANK YOU SIMPLICITY PATTERNS) on and off that day.  AND, it felt so good to just get them done.  No staying up until 11 or midnight the night before just to finish costumes.  They were so easy, and turned out to be pretty darn cute.  The kicker?  Guess who had to be the fireman…

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They’re not perfect, but they’re warm and Finn couldn’t wait to wear his this morning.  So awesome!

Trolley dalmatiansFireman and dalmatians

It’s not Halloween without a pic of at least one kiddo crying!

Happy Halloween!

~Ingrid

Baptism Bear

Super-sweet bear that I made for our godson’s baptism.  I hadn’t made a stuffed animal since I was a kid, so it was kind of a new project for me.  I scoured Pinterest for stuffed animal patterns, but came up empty-handed.  I went to the quilting store, and didn’t see anything I liked there.  Finally settled on this pattern (5461) from Simplicity to make the bear:

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Of course I had specific fabric that I had in mind to use.  Remember the baby quilt I made a while back?  Well, turns out I had enough of the gray minky material from the back of the quilt for the bear,

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and enough of my leftover bridesmaid dress for the ears and soles of the feet!

It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined.  In fact, it was down-right quick and easy to sew this bear together.  And I LOVE (LOVE!) the way it turned out.  So sweet.  IMG_0583

I think the hardest parts were hand-embroidering the nose and the extra embroidery I did on the soles of the feet.  But I love it.  And I should probably make my own boys a teddy bear, but they already have their stuffies!

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Cheers to Sammy!

~Ingrid

Back to School

Our oldest son started preschool this fall! We are so excited for him. We fell in love with the Montessori program when we toured the school last spring, and couldn’t wait for him to get going.

As it was his first day of school (ever!), I felt like he needed a little something special from his mama. Enter Made-by-Rae’s Toddler backpack.  I had visions of grandeur about sewing this for him weeks before school started, but (as always) the time got away from me, and there I sat with my fabric and new pattern on the night before school.  I was only going to get as far as I could get, but by 10pm, I was so close to being done.  By 11, I was done…until I realized I had put the straps on backwards.  By 11:45, I was finally done, and ready to send my Big Little boy off to his first day of school.

sock monkey backpack It really is the perfect size for a toddler.  Not too big, not too small.  Just right (apparently he’s a boy goldilocks?)….

IMG_0081No, we didn’t send him to school in his pajamas.  At least we haven’t yet.  That day might come.

IMG_0064Sock monkey fabric from JoAnn fabrics, Red dot fabric (Robert Kaufman, I believe) from the Sewing Palace.  I did have to line the front and back with a heavier fabric to make it a little sturdier.  I didn’t fuse it into place, just basted the lighter fabric to the heavier fabric before sewing the pattern pieces together.

IMG_0062He is still loving his backpack three weeks in.  Success!  And well worth the lack of sleep to see a smile on my boy’s face!

IMG_0077~Ingrid

Summer Sewing

When I found out that I was going to be the mom of boys, I was a little bummed that I wasn’t going to have girls to sew for.  The clothes for girls are SO CUTE.  The dresses with ruffles and bows.  The tutus and matching onesies.  The baby leg warmers and hair bows.  You get the idea.  Being the mom of boys, I have dressed them in comfortable clothes that are easy to change.  Sure, they have their dress-up duds that keep them looking cute, but our day-to-day look is very easy.  Our three year old picks out (whatever) he wants to wear.  Our one year old is put in something easy.  We are busy people!

I had a lot of fun sewing for my boys over the fourth of July weekend.  They were in need of some shorts with the weather in the mid to high 80s.  And do you know what?  They sure looked cute when I was done with them!  Not ruffles and bows cute, but an awesome boy cute.

I love the shorts that Dana has designed over at MADE.  I bought the Kid Shorts Pattern with some specific fabric in mind to try it out.

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The first pair, one for each boy, was made from Timeless Treasures Retro Geek print.  I picked up the fabric while we were on vacation.  I absolutely adore it!

flat front short

I made the flat-front version of the Kid Short pattern.  I didn’t change anything about the pattern this go-around, nor did I measure my kids’ waists.  I just made the pattern in their corresponding commercial size.

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They fit great!  Of course, I had to appliqué a matching shirt.

IMG_0430This model was getting a little frisky with the camera:

retro geek shortsI love the pockets on those shorts.

The next set that I made was from the same pattern, but just the plain shorts.  Fabric from JoAnns, shirts from JC Penney.

superhero shortsThe super hero shorts.  This model would only pose with food.  My other model was a bit uncooperative.

The pattern was easy to follow and simple to sew.  I will be making it again, probably for years to come as it goes up to a size 8 or 10!  I see more shorts in our future!

Cheers!

~Ingrid

 

Baby Gifts Galore!

The last few months have been busy.  Baby gifts coming out of my ears.  Well, not really out of my ears, but out of my sewing room.  Most were easy basics like burp cloths and bibs, but I did get a cute hat made for a dental friend.  And when I say cute, I mean super cute!  I can’t wait to make a couple for my own boys!

Burp cloths

These burp cloths are my favorite.  Super absorbent, large, and multi-purpose.  I was given a few when my oldest was born, and have been making “knock-offs” since!

Bib/burp setBib, burp cloth and onesie set, just in time for an Easter babe!

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Flannel applique on onesie, using my appliqué t-shirt method.IMG_0119

Flannel burp cloth…another favorite!IMG_0117And a flannel with terry cloth bib.  When making bibs, I just trace a store-bought bib and add 1/2″ rough seam allowance.  Super easy and awesome!

Baby girl hatThe cute baby hat.  I am in love with this hat!  I had all of the fabrics on hand. The main body was a fat quarter I had on my shelf, while the purple and pink were remnants from other projects.

IMG_0180A slight gather in the lining…but it still looks great, and it’s in the lining.

The boy’s version of this pattern is pretty much the same, but without the ruffle.  I think my boys need super hero hats and matching pajama bottoms!

Cheers!

Ingrid