Thursday, November 7, 2013

Stamped Mini Christmas Stockings

Stockings on red (710x800)
I used the lace image from Sin City Stamps' SinCity Wings rubber stamp set to embellish a plain muslin mini Christmas stocking.  Sin City Stamps has so many beautiful pattern stamps that you can adapt to multiple projects!

You can use these little stockings as decorations, in table settings or on packages.  They are also the perfect size for gift cards!

Supplies:  All you need is some plain, closely woven fabric (I used tea dyed muslin); ink (I used ColorBox Chalk Ink in Lipstick Red); thread to match your fabric; and something for the hanging loop (I used tea dyed rayon seam binding).

Draw a pattern on cardstock or cardboard and cut it out.  I like to use cereal boxes.  Each stocking is made from two pieces sewn together, so you need to trace the pattern piece twice for each stocking you want to make.  If your fabric has a right side and wrong side, be sure to reverse your pattern piece for the back.  My muslin didn’t really have a wrong side, so I just traced my pattern piece eight times to make four stockings.

Traced (800x589)
I stamped the image on the front section of each stocking.  You can stamp the back, too, but you will want to measure precisely to match the image on the front with the image on the back.  I measured space for the hem and added a quarter inch, then made a little mark on either side of the front stocking shape to indicate where I should stamp.  I heat set the images with a hot iron.  For tips on stamping on fabric, go here.

Stamped (800x553)
Cut out each piece and pin each front section to a back section with right sides together.  Stitch the
pieces together (I used a quarter-inch seam).  Clip the curves, trim the seam allowance, and press under a hem at the top.  I made a doubled half-inch hem. 

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Stitch the hem.  I stitched the hems by hand.  Turn and press each stocking.  Sew in a loop for hanging.  You are done!

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Here’s one of the mini stockings used in a place setting.

Stocking place setting (739x800)


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