This post was once on 5 different days. I have not condensed it into 1 blog post. I hope you enjoy!
The day is finally here! The Christmas Stocking Sew along is beginning. By the end of this week you will have a completed rag quilt style Christmas Stocking. It is a quick and fun project.
Today is prep day. What you need to do:
- Print the pattern from HERE
- Tape your pattern pieces together (they are the last 3 pages) or if you have a stocking shape you LOVE then make sure you know where it is at so you can use it for the shape.
- Gather your fabrics. You will need a total of 3/4 yard of your coordinating fabrics and 1/2 yard of your flannel fabric that matches. These are the colors I am going with:
day 1 and get it downloaded and catch up! So for today, cut out the fabrics that you are using. It is step 1 in the pattern. I have chosen to use +Riley Blake fabric. Most of it is from their fabric line Lost and Found from a couple years ago.
Today we are sewing the Christmas Stocking together.
Step 1: sew your strips together.
Then cut our your stocking shape. If you want a wider stocking cut your stocking 1 inch wider than the template.
Then sew around your stocking. Make sure to not forget the little hangy-thingy in the top
Its day 4 of our Christmas Stocking Sew-Along.
+Fiskars has a couple different pairs that work well, but my favorite are Heritage Brand Scissors. I blogged about them HERE if you are interested
Tomorrow we are going to wash up our Christmas Stocking and be finished. Easy Peasy wasn't it?!?
1. I have 2 washers in my house. One for rag quilts, and 1 for my families clothing. This small of rag quilt piece will not hurt your washer or dryer. If you do a large rag quilt I would stop by your local laundry mat and wash it there. It will save your machine. One blanket probably won't ruin your machine, but a few might.
PS I have sent more than 100 blankets ranging from all different sizes through my washing machine in the last year. It still is working like a charm.
2. Shake off your ragged item before throwing it into the wash to get off as many of the little threads as you can. If you want to take a butter knife or something similar you rub the serrated edge along the seams and it pull off a bunch of the little threads. A lint roller will also help to clean up those little threads...
3. Wash it like you would normal clothing. I do cold wash with like colors.
4. Shake it off again when you remove it from the washer.
5. Throw it into the dryer. I like to make sure there is at least 1 DRY towel in there with the ragged item. This helps it to dry faster, and it helps take off some of the extra little fuzzies. I have also heard of people using a tennis ball in the dryer too. It supposedly helps to knock off the threads. I haven't tried it so I don't know for sure how it works.
6. Check your dryer lint thing SEVERAL times during drying. That thing will fill up quickly.
7. When its all dry, I like to use a lint roller to clean it up.
8. There will still be a few little strings after the first washing, but if you wash it again, you won't have a problem with those.
9. Just remember that the more times you wash a ragged item, the better it will look because it frays those edges more and more each time. Making them fluffier and fluffier.
Here is my first Christmas Stocking.