quilted stockings

I got the inspiration to take on this project from Pinterest (duh).

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I learned to sew when I was about 15, and it’d been since that time that I’d sewn anything.  But I decided to whip out the ole sewing machine and give it a try.

First, I had to go to Joann’s and get a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.  If you download their app they have a 50% off coupon, so it ended up being $30 instead of $60 for everything.

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I got my fabrics from Hobby Lobby.  They came in a little bundle of 5, so I got 2.  The stockings would probably have been cuter if I’d selected each fabric myself, but this saved time and money.  I also got some thin batting and fabric for the stocking cuffs and liner.

Next I cut out all my squares at 2.5 x 2.5.  54 per side, 108 in all.  And set them out how I wanted them (with Mike’s help).

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I kept a piece of paper on top to remind myself who was whose and if it was for the front or back.

Then I sewed the pieces together using this youtube tutorial to help me.  The pressing of the seams is important!

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Next I quilted each of these 4 pieces together with batting and liner at a diagonal.  It was pretty easy to just follow the corners.  I found that quilting every other line first (while alternating directions) and then going back to fill in the rest of the lines makes it come out a little flatter.  I didn’t take a picture of this step, probably because at that point I was getting pretty tired.

Then I laid my stocking pattern over the quilt, pinned it down so it stayed in place, and cut around it.  I got my stocking pattern from here.

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I used this youtube tutuorial to sew together the stockings and add the cuff and loops for hanging.  My cuff pieces were 9 x 17 and my loop piece was 2.5 x 6.5.

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And finally I was finished!  It was quite the project, but it was worth it.

 

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christmas wrapping

This year I used craft paper and a few different types of ribbon to do all my wrapping.  Here are some pics…

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Basically I just did different combinations of ribbon, some with bows, some without.

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I’m glad to have this chore over with; less than 2 weeks until Christmas!

 

it’s that time of year

It’s our first year as homeowners therefore decorating for Christmas was pretty exciting.  We don’t have a bunch of stuff, but I think it turned out okay for our 1st year here.  Take a look.

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I was going to be crafty and make our own wreath, but I saw this at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off and thought, naaah this’ll work.

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The trees on the table are hand-me-downs and the glassware and ornaments are all from Hobby Lobby.  Not exactly what I would want here in the future, but it works for this year.

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Mom started a tradition growing up where we did a Christmas puzzle every year and then she had it framed.  This one is from 2008.  Mike and I had just started dating and worked on this one together.

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I was looking for card holders but this way saves some money.  It’s 2-1/2 yards of pom-poms and mini clothespins.  I just tacked it up onto the shelf.  Next year I may hang it up on a wall.

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Hand-me-down Santa figurine and seasonal Scentsy from Mom in the kitchen.

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Christmas towels!

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Poinsettia!

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I used our thankful tree and added some ornaments and it became a Christmas tree, easy enough.  The print in the black frame Mom got me from an antique store.  The frame is from Hobby Lobby (as you can see I’m a big advocate of Hobby Lobby).

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The mantel isn’t exactly what I envisioned, but again, for our 1st year having a fireplace this works.  The ceramic ornaments are from Kirklands, the trees are from Hobby Lobby, and the adorable stocking hanger is from Mom.  I don’t have any stockings up yet because I’ve decided to make them myself, wish me luck!

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Over in the corner with the tree is this awesome star Santa (hand-me-down) and Christmas pillow from Kohls.

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On the console behind the sofa is our manger and mini tree.  The ornaments on the mini tree are handmade or sentimental.

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In the guest room I have these guys to liven up the place.

And here are a couple pictures of the tree at night.

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We have a handful of random ornaments in there along with some blue, white, and silver ornaments from Hobby Lobby.  I also use silver beads wrapped around the tree along with some white berries spread out sporadically.

And that’s it folks, thanks for stopping by!