Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Sew a set of mini Christmas stocking flatwear holders


These mini Christmas stockings are perfect for a last minute gift idea or a cute and economical way to decorate for the holidays. 


Use as a silverware or napkin holder on your table, string a group of stockings to decorate your mantel, use as a gift tag on your packages or add loops and hang on your tree.

They can be sewn in a short amount of time and are a great use for those beautiful fabric scraps.


Each mini stocking silverware holder measures approximately 3" wide by 6" tall. Use traditional Christmas fabrics or silks for a more elegant look.

Here are step-by-step sewing instructions on how to sew the mini stocking silverware holders.

Mini Christmas stocking with beaded trim

Download pattern here. (It is a PDF file. Please let me know if you have any difficulty as I'm trying Google docs.)

Cut 2 stockings for each silverware holder.

Cut 1 topper for each silverware holder.

With right sides together, sew a 2" seam on the center front using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Finger press open.

On right side of stocking, sew beaded trim. Use a zipper foot to sew as close as possible to the beading without breaking your needle. Tip: If your machine allows you to move your needle position, move it so it will sew as close as possible to the trim.

Safety tip: I wear safety glasses for this step. If you accidentally hit a bead with your needle, the needle will break and go flying and you want your eyes protected. Trust me on this one.

Place topper and stocking right sides together matching upper edge of stocking.

Sew together along the upper edge of the stocking with the wrong side of the stocking facing up so you can use the stitch line you created when sewing on the beads as a guideline. Again, you'll want to use a zipper foot.


Press seam allowance up. Press under 1/4" on the upper edge of the topper.


With wrong sides together finish sewing the entire seam using a 1/4" seam allowance.


Carefully clip curves.

Fold topper in half, wrong sides together, pinning pressed edge along seam.


Slipstitch in place.

Turn right side out. Place silverware inside the stocking and you're done.

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Mini Christmas stocking with ribbon trim and coordinating napkins:

Napkins
Cut four 18" x 18" squares.

Hem all four edges.

Stocking flatwear holder
Follow instructions as for the beaded stocking:

Cut 2 stockings for each flatwear holder.

Cut 1 topper for each stocking.

With right sides together, sew a 2" seam on the center front using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Finger press open.

Pin wrong side of stocking to right side of topper matching the upper edge of the stocking. Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press seam allowance of stocking up.

Press under 1/4" on the upper edge of the topper.


Fold topper in half, wrong sides together, with the pressed under edge covering the seam allowance.


Pin ribbon trim over pressed edge of topper. Topstitch in place, being careful not to catch the stocking in the stitches.


In other words, don't do this! *LOL*


Continue as for the beaded trim stocking:

With wrong sides together finish sewing the entire seam using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Carefully trim curves.

Turn stocking right side out.

Cut a piece of ribbon 4" long.


Fold ribbon in half and sew in place along the center back seam of the stocking.


Place the napkins and silverware inside the stockings and your done.

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Mini silk Christmas stocking with beaded ribbon trim

The gold stocking shown is sewn using a home dec silk dupoini. Follow the same steps as the stocking with ribbon trim, except eliminate the ribbon loop and use fabric glue to secure the beaded ribbon trim.

If your silk is lightweight use a fusible interfacing to add body. With silk you may want to finish the inside seam allowance to prevent fraying.

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13 comments:

  1. You must of read my mind. I was just thinking about making some of these. I saw some of these at Crate and Barrel. I think my oldest daughter would really like some. Thanks for the pattern.

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  2. I love this! I'm totally going to do this. Great idea.

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  3. Darling pattern, but I wasn't able to download it.

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  4. What a great idea to spruce up the table!

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  5. The download link should work now. Please email me (sewingbysharon at gmail dot com) if you have any problems.

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  6. We did some of them and my children is using the to decorate the Xmast tree!

    Thanks,
    Lisi

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  7. Lisi - great idea to use them to decorate the tree!

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  8. Love it!! I posted a link to this on my blog: http://www.thecraftbarn-ny.blogspot.com/2011/12/crafty-friday-12911.html

    Thanks,
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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  9. These are so cute! Wish I had seen them before Christmas. This would have jump started my sewing mojo for sure.

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  10. Wow,there are really so cute.Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I can't wait to get the template printed and try making these. I may even make some for my oldest and sneak them to her some how.

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