Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Stocking!

I finished a new Christmas stocking for my sister-in-law this week. I knitted her last one many, many years ago and because my brother insisted on stuffing it TOO FULL and I could not repair it, a new stocking was needed. I used as inspiration, a table runner pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine from December 2007.

For a project like this I like to use cotton batting as a stabilizer for the machine buttonhole stitch. I also like my tension adjusted so that the stitches are pulled slightly to the back, making sure that the tension isn't causing your stitches to pucker.
I like the way my stitches look with this adjustment.

My backs are a mess now that I have a sewing machine that locks the stitches. I am so glad no one sees this part of the finished stocking! I used to pull my threads to the back, tie and trim them but now I just pull the back thread a bit, clip the top thread and leave the mess at the back. A little lazy of me I think!

Next I machine appliqued the heel and toe and added some trim to 'pretty' it up a bit. 


Do you think she'll like it?

And this is my inspiration...

Happy Stitching and Merry Christmas!


  1. Very cute stocking and you have done a "fab" job on it!!!
    Happy Holidays, hugs, Di

  2. Nice job Ann. I'm sure she will love it. I hope John or Santa doesn't fill this one too full.

  3. Very nice! The stocking is darling.

  4. Very pretty! I love the flowers!

  5. You did nice work on making your stocking. And who cares what the back looks like when you can't see it!