After having the same glasses for 6 years, I finally got some new ones! Completely different from anything I've had before! Still working on getting used to them, but I like them and better yet, Tony likes them! I always take him with me to pick out new glasses because as I tell him, "You're the one who has to look at my face!"
Now that Tony has retired from the Army (gosh, that's now been one year!), we are quickly putting down roots here. Hair stylist (without having to go through even one bad haircut before I found her!), optomotrist, dentist (how nice that we won't have to change doctors in 3 years!), neighbors, friends, civic club, church, shopping, sewing machine service, car repair (I could have waited on that one!), sewing group...I'm really feeling at home here and I love it!
Now to the title of my post. To help with a women's ministry in this area, I offered to make 100 pink stockings. I know what you're thinking; believe me, I thought it myself! One hundred stockings?!! I needed a super fast method for making all these stockings. I found this technique on another blog from a few years back (she has lots of cute ideas, click here for her blog) and adapted it for my stockings.
Use whatever shape stocking you want, it doesn't matter the size or the shape, to make these stockings. Because I have so many to make, I didn't want a separate cuff to sew on. I adapted my stocking pattern so I could turn down the top of the stocking for my cuff. An easy way to do this is to draw your stocking pattern on a piece of paper, decide how big a cuff you want, (I used 2 inches),
fold down the cuff on your paper pattern,
fold over the edges to get the cuff close to the body of the stocking,
unfold, and you have the angle for the cuff!
I then transferred my pattern to some sturdy plastic.
Layer your fabric this way: lining fabric right sides together, pretty outside fabric right sides together on top of lining fabric.
Stitch 1/4 inch seam around the stocking, leaving the top open.
I used my pinking shears (gosh, it's been a long time since I used them!) to trim close to the seam all around the stocking. Or you could just clip into the seam at the curves. The main thing is to have your stocking be flat and smooth.
Now you are ready for turning. Reach between the lining fabrics and turn the stocking.
Use a point turner to smooth out the seams.
Next, reach between the pretty outside fabric and turn.
Give it a good press.
For the hanging loop, I cut 1 1/2 inch strips. Fold so the raw edges meet in the center, then fold again. Stitch close to the edge.
I satin stitched the ends of the loop together and then placed it inside the stocking, about a 1/4 inch down from the edge.
Stitch close to the edge all around the folded edge of the cuff, making sure to catch the loop.
Now for some bling! I found the cutest little snowflake button. Dug out my glue gun and glued the button to the cuff.
The finished stocking!
Only 99 more to go!