06 February 2015

Christmas Stocking Garland 2014

This year’s Christmas is long gone, but that isn’t going to stop me from blogging about my biggest Christmas creation so far. I have only compelted it days before the big holiday and determined to enjoy all the resting, good food and relaxaation, I wasn’t going to blog about it. But now I can.

Inspired by several nice blog posts and some images on Pinterest, I thougt how great it would be to make a Christmas themed garland. Originally I wanted to make the whole thing out of felt, but when I discovered this great fabric in Hobbycraft, I had to have a stripe. The fabric had 24 Christmas stockings on it, all numbere from 1 to 24 with different wintery festive pattern on each and lines to cut around them. Sold by 24-stocking sections rather than by metre, it cost me about seven quid. I bought a different fabric for the back sides in the local Singer shop (this I chose to be dark green with golden dots) and I started sewing.

I am probably one of the few women you will meet that was taught how to use the sewing machine by my fiance. I always thought it must be something difficult to do, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I was even superbly proud of myself when I wound the thread on that little bobbin. Of course, I did it by hand, not knowing that there is a way to do it more neatly on the machine (it worked anyway, but makes most sewers I tell giggle).

Once I sewed the two sides together, I stuffed them and attached two ribbons to the upper right corner of each of the little stockings. This way, they could be tied to a single piece of string to create a garland, but can also be used separately as ornaments on a Christmas tree or randomly hung around the house. And if we get bored with all the bright colours and patterns, thez can always be turned back-to-front so that they are dark green and dotty. 

We displayed them on the living room mirror, as our Christmas tree was tiddly this year. I am incredibly proud of myself :)

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