Ho Ho Holly Stocking
After attending a class on thread sketching with Nicole Blum, I wanted to give this technique a whirl. (I also bought her book and got it signed! ) What’s thread sketching? It is like drawing with your sewing machine, or free form sewing. My sewing machine wasn’t cooperating very well when I tried thread sketching at home, so I sewed a simple straight stitch, rotating the material to make the wavy lines. Maybe with practice and more experimentation, I can make some free motion designs. Despite the misbehaving sewing machine, I still came up with a fun design for a stocking; find out more after the jump.
Supplies & Tools:
- Printable template (download here)
- 0.25 yard dark green felt
- Scraps of felt: red, green
- Pinking shears
- 6.5″ piece of ribbon, 0.5″ wide
- Sewing machine
- Thread: white, green
- Print the template. I printed the pattern from Adobe Reader and selected the following options:
- File > Print.
- A print window pops up.
- Under Pages & Handling, select Poster.
- Change Tile Scale to 200%.
- Select checkbox for Cut Marks.
- Now click the print button.
- Piece the pages together using tape as needed and then cut out.
- If needed, iron the felt on low heat to remove any wrinkles.
- Pin the stocking pattern to dark green felt and cut out 2 pieces. Use pinking shears to make the zigzag edge.
- Using the pattern as a guide, cut out 2 holly leaves from green felt and 3 berries from red felt. Set leaves and berries aside.
- Take one stocking piece and sew several wavy lines with white thread near the top.
- Sewing one piece at a time, sew the holly and berries to the stocking, changing the thread color as desired. Set aside.
- Holly leaves: I used stitch length=2, width=0 (Sew a straight line).
- Berries: I used stitch length=0, width=2 (Sew a few stitches in the same spot, not a line).
- Take the ribbon, fold in half and pin in the upper right corner of the other stocking piece. Pin the ribbon about 3/8″ from the side edge, with the ends overlapping the top edge 1.5″.
- Sew the ribbon in place. I sewed straight stitches on either side of the ribbon (to hold in in place), removed the pin, and then sewed a zigzag stitch down the middle.
- Stack the stocking pieces together and pin in place. The thread sketching may have shrunk your stocking a bit. That’s ok. Proceed to make the stocking. (We’ll clean up the edges in step 13.)
- Sew along the outer edge with green thread, about 0.25″ from the edge. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end to secure the thread.
- Trim loose ends of thread.
- Use pinking shears to touch up the edges of the stocking.
- Hang by the ribbon and fill with goodies for a loved one!