I was asked the other day why I still decorate my house for Christmas even though my children are grown and gone. My answer was quick and easy to tell them. I love decorating for the holidays. I do it for myself and just maybe others will enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Christmas is an actual day, but I decorate for the season. When you put so much into the decorating I am not in a hurry to take it all down quickly. I want to enjoy every aspect of the season. Of course, I like to share that feeling with everyone.
I like to make as many of my gifts as I can and never seem to get them all done in time for Christmas. My family has become very understanding. Thank Goodness! So what I want to share is the cute angle stocking that can be found at Stitchdelight.net.
This stocking is sewn partly in the hoop on the embroidery machine. There are 3 different sizes available. I made the largest one, and it fits my 7X11 hoop. I hooped all three layers together, the medium weight stabilizer then some thin quilt batting and then white cotton fabric. I did the baste stitch on the embroidery machine to help keep the fabric from shifting while embroidering. I had no problems with anything shifting or puckering.
There is also a reindeer pattern available. There is room at the top of the reindeer stocking to write a person’s name. Once the stocking is done embroidering you will have to cut it out. I trimmed the excess batting away to make it easier to assemble.
The next step is attaching the fur. If you have never sewn with fur before you will have to look closely at it to see which way the fur is going before you cut it. You want to make sure the fur is facing down and you will want to move as much of the fur out of the way for cutting and sewing. You only want to cut the backing. If you just cut the fur you will not be able to hide your seams.
You also have to cut out lining fabric and batting for the back piece. When attaching the fur you are attaching it at the bottom of the fur to the top of the stocking so the fur will flow down when you turn the stocking right side out.
As you can see I did both versions of the stockings.