embroidery, sewing

Christmas Stocking

All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicolas soon might be there.  Blah, blah, you know the rest.  I’ve got my first Christmas stocking completed!  The embroidery was a killer for me.  Although I did manage to almost finish all of it in one sitting while I was at a craft show.  It was kind of fun to sit there are sew by hand.  I made some similar stockings a few years ago for my brother and his wife, very fun.

I should have named my kids Jo or Sam or something on that order.  Have you ever read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes?  Well Natalie is a pretty long name, almost as long as Chrysanthemum.  It’s a good book to by the way if you haven’t read it already.  Anyway, the jist of the story is that all the kids make fun of Chrysanthemum because her name is so long.  A short name is quite nice when you’re embroidering it on a Christmas stocking.  Maybe I’ll take that under consideration for the future…

Of course I have to mention that Natalie’s name is kind of special in regards to Christmas (no, sorry she wasn’t born on Christmas or even close).  The name Natalie “is of Latin origin, and its meaning is “birthday”. Refers to the birthday of Christ, or Christmas”.  [according to thinkbabynames.com]  Pretty cool, no wonder the first song she sang was Happy Birthday to You. 

I think we’re going to take a trip down Christmas stocking lane in my next post.  I’ll get busy and round up some pictures of Christmas stockings of the past, this’ll be funny.  Oh, I almost forgot, I’ll post a tutorial on this by the end of the week as well!

Bags, Wallets, and Zips, sewing, tutorial

TUTORIAL: Lil Cutie Pouches

Ask and ye shall recieve!  Here’s the tutorial for the Lil Cutie Pouch.

You need:

  • 8 x 6.25 piece of exterior fabric (interfaced)
  • 8 x 6.25 piece of lining
  • 2 x 3 piece of fabric for key ring loop
  • split key ring
  • 8″ zipper

This one’s quick! Make a couple at a time and keep one for yourself this time (I did!).

{1/4″ seam allowances throughout}

Cut your exterior & lining pieces in half (measuring 4 x 6.25 each, you’ll have 4 pieces)

Take your 2 x 3 piece of fabric, fold right sides together the long way, sew.  Turn right side out and press with the seam in the middle of the fabric.  Press in half to make a loop, baste raw edges together if desired.  Set aside.

Lay down the first exterior fabric right side up, place your zipper teeth side down with the zipper pull to the left.  Lay one of the lining pieces right side down.  Pin if you’d like.  Using your zipper foot sew together.

Flip wrong sides together. Next lay your remaining exterior fabric piece right side up, place your zipper teeth side down with the zipper pull to the right this time.  Lay the remaining lining piece right side down on top of the zipper.  Pin.  Sew.  Flip wrong sides together, press. 

Flip right sides together (be sure to open your zipper about half way now).  Tuck in your tab that you made earlier between the exterior pieces of fabric, with the tab’s raw edges facing out. 

Sew around entire parimeter leaving a 2 to 3″ opening in the lining for turning.

When I’m sewing around the parimeter, I make sure to push the zipper towards the exterior fabric on both sides when sewing across the zipper (zoom in on the above picture if you need to).  Clip corners, trim excess zipper.  Pull inside out through the opening.  Use chopstick to push out corners.  Tuck raw edges of opening in, sew opening in lining shut with small seam allowance, or stitch closed by hand.  Push lining into exterior.  Press. 

Attach your metal key ring, you’re good to go!  Stuff in all those gadgets and whatever else you might need, a camera, cell phone, iPod, you name it.  Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

sewing

Lil Cutie Pouches

Oh, I think these are just too sweet!  I definitely will be making one for myself.  I always say that when I get done making something, but never do.  These lil cutie pouches are just the right size to hold a cell phone, iPod, change, credit cards, lip gloss, whatever!  I also added on a loop with a key ring, handy to attach to a diaper bag or backpack or purse.  How fun. 

I finally decided it was okay to use the japanese fabric that I had gotten a long time ago.  It doesn’t seem so bad now to cut into it and actually use it.  Now I want more japanese fabric of course, go figure.

Yes, the jelly beans, nice touch, eh?  We’ve been busy buying Jelly Bellies buy the pound lately.  Thought it would be fun to throw them in.  Anyway, I have another craft show coming up on Halloween.  I’ve been busily making and making and making.  More to do tonight though, it’s never enough!

If anyone’s interested in a tutorial on these I can get it posted pretty quick…