I have had the same stocking since I was born. I love it. My grandmother crocheted it. Growing up, my parents, my sister and I all had matching themed stockings and it was awesome. When I married Jake and had Millie, she made some matching stockings for them, too, which I thought was SO AMAZING and sweet! Even though theirs are twice the size as mine, lol.
But now it is Christmas and we have Quinn and he doesn’t have a matching stocking, and I can’t crochet or knit to save my life. Okay, I CAN do it, but I just don’t like it, I can’t stand counting stitches, it just drives me nuts. So I decided to sew him one :)
I didn’t really know exactly what I was going to do at first, I was thinking something super simple. Then I saw these stockings at Gooba designs and I just KNEW I had to make pinwheels.
Having never made anything with pinwheels before, I had no idea how much work went into them… Or how much room for error there is! It took me FOREVER to make those pinwheels! I’m sure it also has to do with the fact that I really haven’t had any time for sewing lately. This morning I woke up at 4am. Yes. You read that correctly. FOUR A.M. What is wrong with me?? Well I was thinking that today my family is coming into town and I really wanted to finish them! Also, Jake was snoring pretty loud :/
So I got up, grabbed some coffee and started getting after it :)
My plan was to have the back and front exactly the same. I made enough pinwheels to do just that. But after it took an entire hour just to sew them together just for one side, I decided to scrap the idea of doing both sides and just do a quilted design on the back of plain red fabric. And I’m so glad I did!!! I love the back!!
I just sewed the lines in a contrasting white color in the same manner that the pinwheel pattern is. I used this awesome little metal thing for exact seam allowances. When I first got the machine I had no idea what it was used for. Now I think it is GENIUS and it was so fun to use!
I quilted the front by sewing on the sides of each diagonal line. Here is a little detail:
Anyways, I am SOOO glad I finished my stocking for Quinn!!! Now the last thing I want to do before Christmas is that tree skirt, which is totally unnecessary, just a desire. That means the stress of holiday sewing is over! Only joy from here on out!! YAY!
I think I took enough photos for a tutorial, but I’ve been up since 4 and I’m starting to lose my wind. My brains are feeling a bit like jelly right now, to be honest! So I’m pretty sure there are a million tutorials for stockings online. But if you want me to make one, I will!