Mini Stocking Ornaments Free Pattern

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I’m excited to be participating in Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom’s Holiday Sewing Blog Tour today! 18 holiday projects from all of the bloggers listed below!

I’ve been wanting to make some ornaments for my tree this year, and Jamie’s series was a great excuse to finally make that happen. I decided on mini stocking ornaments. There are many crocheted and knitted versions online, but surprisingly, sewn versions seem to be few and far between.

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a free pattern for mini stocking ornaments, so that you can easily make your own!

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Here we go…

Materials:
fabric scraps – at least two coordinating fabrics (one for the stocking and one for the toe/heel contrast pieces)
white flannel scraps – for top of stocking
cotton batting scraps
Heat n Bond Lite
rick rack – 7″ length for each stocking

Download and print pattern pieces HERE. Make sure that your printer is not set to scale and is printing at 100%.

Following manufacturer’s directions, press Heat n Bond to wrong side of fabrics. The amount of fabric and Heat n Bond will depend on how many stockings you’re making at once – use the pattern pieces to make sure you have enough. For each ornament, you’ll need two stocking pieces, two heel pieces, two toe pieces, and two top pieces.

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Cut pattern pieces out and trace onto Heat n Bond (wrong) side of fabrics. For each ornament, you’ll want to trace one of each piece right side up, and for the second of each piece, trace it with the pattern piece upside down (I wasn’t thinking and learned that the hard way the first time around). The two sides need to be opposite from eachother so that they can be joined wrong sides together. I made the front and backs different for each ornament (red stocking on one side and turquoise on the other), but you could also make them the same on each side, or mix it up however else you want!

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Cut all stocking, toe, heel, and top pieces out.

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Cut one stocking out of cotton batting for each ornament you’re making.

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Remove paper backing from toe, heel, and top pieces, and press them onto the appropriate stocking pieces.

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Remove paper backing from stocking piece and zig zag stitch around each toe, heel, and top piece along inner raw edge. The Heat n Bond will make it more difficult for your feed dogs to guide your fabric, but I was still able to navigate my pieces just fine. If it’s more difficult on your machine, you can leave the paper on the stocking back and tear it off carefully after stitching the toe, heel, and top pieces on.

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Sandwich the cotton batting piece between two stocking pieces, with front and back of stockings right sides out. Fold the rick rack (7″) in half, and sandwich 1/2″ of each end along the top of the ornament, between the front and back pieces.

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Press all layers together, allowing Heat n Bond to join front and back pieces and holding rick rack and cotton batting between the front and back.

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Zig zag stitch around entire outside edge of stockings, including top edge, through both front and back layers. This will also secure the rick rack in place.

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That’s it! Make a few or make a bunch, and enjoy them on your tree!

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As part of the blog tour, Jamie is also giving away a serger! On December 21 she will be hosting a holiday sewing linky party, and will also be picking the winner of the serger, so make sure to head over to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom before the 20th to get your entry in!

Also be sure to check out yesterday’s blog tour stop, Domestic Bliss Squared, and learn to make a one seam doll skirt! Sounds like my kind of project :).

And Mel from The Crafty Cupboard will be sharing this cute Felt Christmas Light Garland with everyone tomorrow!

DIY Mummy Costume For Kids

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I got away with making just one Halloween costume this year. Lola will be wearing the zebra costume that both Wyatt and Weston wore for a couple of years each as toddlers, and Weston will be wearing a superhero costume that Wyatt wore a few years ago. I found this blog post about the same costumes from the year that Wyatt and Weston wore them, and this photo:halloweenWhen I first looked at the photo I thought that Lola was Weston for a second. I have never been able to figure out who she looks like so it was fun to see a resemblance. And I’ll be wearing my go-to cavewoman costume for year number 4. Let me tell you, that costume has been well worth the hour it took to make! And I’m sure this year won’t be my last wearing it :).

So, on to this year… Wyatt went back and forth between a few ideas for his costume, but together we eventually decided on making him a mummy costume. He can’t wear the costume without playing the part, I tell ya.IMG_4640edit

I lucked out and found the white twill in the $1/yard section at Walmart. I was planning on heading to Jo-Ann to buy white muslin after our Walmart stop that day, so I was a happy camper. It worked great for all of the strips, and I ended up using all but a tiny bit of the three yards.

For the top I used a white long sleeve knit t-shirt, a couple of sizes too large for Wyatt since there wouldn’t be any room for stretch once the strips were sewn on. Before sewing the strips on, I cut up each side and sleeve seam so I could sew the strips with the shirt opened up and flat. I also cut a slit in the back neck to allow the shirt to fit over Wyatt’s head. When I added the strips, I left a couple extra long so they could tie the opening shut.IMG_4659editIMG_4658edit

For the bottoms, my first try was a major fail. For the base, I used a pair of thermal underwear that we already had, and ended up cutting them off of not one but both of my boys at different times. Funny now, not so funny at the time… I needed a lot more room in the pants, so for the second attempt I used this free pajama pants pattern (it’s a great one and I have plans to use it for real pajamas soon!), and sewed all the strips on before piecing the pants together. I used an off-white flannel that I’ve had in my stash for years, which felt great to use!IMG_4644edit

The pants fit perfectly that go-around, and have just enough room for movement while not being too baggy for a mummy.IMG_4635edit

I made the hat by basically starting with a base strip that fit around Wyatt’s head and then adding one or two more pieces at a time until it looked right. I’m still not sure that it looks 100% right, but it’s done :).IMG_4639edit

His shoes were made by hot gluing the fabric strips to a pair of $6 slip on Walmart shoes.IMG_4647edit

It only took about 2.5 seconds of Wyatt being outside in his costume yesterday before the neighbor girls had a mummy chasing them down the street, lol.IMG_4662edit

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve sewn anything for Wyatt, so I really enjoyed this project (after the first fail, that is). He’s so rough on his clothes now that I feel like it’s often not worth it to spend the time sewing him clothes that could be wrecked after a few uses. But I sure do love this 6 year old and love seeing how pleased he is with himself in his costume!IMG_4632edit

Easy Ruched Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

With Christmas right around the corner, does your Christmas tree skirt need an update?
With soft gathers…

And contrast bias tape trim…

This easy ruched tree skirt can be made in about an hour!

Ready to get started?

Materials:

1 3/4 yd 54″-60″ wide medium weight fabric – since the tree skirt will not be lined, make sure that the fabric is heavy enough to lie flat and keep it’s shape under the tree, but lightweight enough that it will still gather with elastic thread – I used a medium weight chambray cotton
3 packages double fold extra wide bias tape
elastic thread (I also give an option for without elastic thread)

Directions:

Fold your fabric in half and then half again to form a square.

Measure from the corner to the selvage. My fabric was 27″, but if you have more width, use it! Since we’ll be gathering the fabric in, the finished tree skirt will be smaller. Use that measurement to make marks in a curve shape all the way to the opposite corner.

 
Cut along marks.

Use a bowl to trace and cut a quarter-circle in the corner of your folded fabric.

Fold the fabric in half, and half again, forming a narrow triangle.

Press along folded edge to mark tree skirt into eight equal sections.

Using pins or a fabric marker (I used both because my disappearing ink pen started to fade on me), mark along pressed lines. You can ignore the factory fold marks from the fabric being on the bolt, and just mark the 8 equally spaced pressed lines.

Cut along one line from the outer edge of the circle to the middle.
Wind a bobbin by hand with elastic thread (wind it loosely), and stitch along 7 remaining marked lines. You’ll be using regular thread in the top still. If you don’t have elastic thread, you can also use a basting stitch and then hand-gather the fabric, but you may want to stitch over the gathers with a regular stitch to secure them in place afterwards.
Make 6 ties from bias tape (I made the ties out of fabric because I was short on bias tape), and sew onto wrong side of tree skirt opening, spaced equally apart on each side. Make sure to stay about 1″ away from the top and bottom to allow room for the bias tape trim.
Beginning at inner circle, sandwich bias tape around raw edge of fabric, with wider side of bias tape on the bottom. Stitch around all raw edges of tree skirt…
Tucking raw edges under and overlapping ends of bias tape when you reach the end of one.

At corners, backstitch, lift presser foot, and cut the thread so you can neatly miter the corner of the bias tape. Press ties away from tree skirt and topstitch in place.

  

Adjust gathers if needed and press each line of elastic thread stitching with steam to help the elastic shrink in and give your tree skirt even more ruching!

Tie your new tree skirt under your tree…
And have a Merry Christmas!

Caveman Costume Tutorial

DIY Caveman CostumeAren’t family Halloween costumes the best? I love to have a coordinating theme with my husband and kids, and today I’m sharing this DIY Caveman Costume tutorial so you can make them too! Caveman costumes are perfect for any age or gender, and is a fast and fun costume to make! [Read more…]

Faux Chenille Bunny Free Pattern

Faux Chenille Bunny Free Pattern
With a free printable pattern, this faux chenille bunny is the perfect gift for any little girl, whether it’s Easter or not! With both Easter and a baby girl coming arriving in our home next month, today’s project is one that will get double the use – my favorite kind of project!

Ready to get hopping?

Materials:

8 12″x12″ pre-washed flannel pieces – can be assorted colors and prints
polyfill stuffing
pins, scissors, and needle suitable for heavy fabric (size 14 works great)

Click HERE to download and print the bunny template.

Directions:
1. Print the bunny template using the link above. Ensure your printer is not set to scale before printing. Join template pieces along dotted line and cut along solid line.

2. Layer two sets of four 12″x12″ flannel pieces on top of each other, matching all four sides. If you are using assorted colors or prints of flannel, alternate the colors and prints evenly as pictured.

3. Pin flannel layers together every few inches throughout each stack.

4. Using one stack of flannel, stitch from one corner to the opposite corner in a diagonal line. If you have a walking foot, use it! It will help to keep all four layers in place as they are fed through the machine. If you don’t have a walking foot, you may want to reduce the presser foot tension slightly to help prevent slipping and stretching of the top flannel layers.

5. Stitch parallel to diagonal line, 1/2″ apart from first diagonal line, and keep repeating until the entire 12″x12″ flannel stack is stitched with diagonal lines.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 with second flannel stack.
7. With one flannel stack, cut in middle between each set of stitch lines, leaving the bottom layer uncut. If you have a slash rotary cutter, it will save a bit of time, but scissors work just as well.

Your finished stack will look like this…

8. Repeat step 7 with remaining flannel stack.

9. Trace bunny template onto uncut side of one flannel piece. Cut along traced line.

10. Flip bunny template over and trace onto uncut side of remaining flannel piece (both bunnies should be facing opposite directions). Cut along traced line.

11. Pin bunnies together with uncut sides facing outward, matching all edges. Stitch around raw edges using a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving 4″ opening at bottom of bunnies.

12. Stitch again around raw edges using a 3/8″ seam allowance for stability, leaving same opening. Trim seam allowance to 1/8″, clipping close to any tight curves and corners.

13. Turn bunny right side out, ensuring all curves and ears are thoroughly turned. Using polyfill stuffing, fill bunny firmly through opening.

14. Turn raw edges of opening to inside of bunny and handstitch opening closed using a ladder stitch or other invisible stitch.

15. Now for the fun part – throw the bunny in the wash (with a load of towels ideally), and then into the dryer. The raw edges will fray and create the faux chenille look!

Your bunny will become softer and fluffier with each additional wash!
Add your bunny to your little princess’ Easter basket, and let her enjoy her new cuddly friend all year long!