Felted Wool Christmas Stocking

I accidentally shrank a wool blanket in the wash this week. Although I’m sad not to have the blanket anymore it proved to be excellent material for a Christmas stocking!

First I drew a stocking shape on a paper grocery bag, cut it out and pinned it to a double layer of the blanket.

I then cut out the pieces.

Then I sewed around the sides and toe of the stocking and turned it right side out. The toe seemed too long to me, so I turned it back inside out, marked a new line with a sliver of soap. Once that line was sewn, I trimmed away the excess material.

I wanted the stocking to have a cuff without the raw edges of the seam showing so I cut off the top of the stocking. 

With the stocking turned inside out, I flipped the top around so the finished edge from the top of the blanket was now facing down and pinned it. After sewing it to the top of the stocking, and turning the stocking back right side out, I now had a cuff that could be folded down with finished seams facing outwards.

To embellish the stocking I decided to add a snowflake design. I used three strips cut from an old t-shirt. After pinning them in place I stitched them on with embroidery floss. Then I added a few flat shell beads from a broken necklace to finish the design.

Lastly, I opened up the cuff seam to insert a length of ribbon for a hanging loop. After resewing the seam closed the stocking was complete!

This stocking is in my Etsy shop Folk Haven Creations.

Thanks for reading!

Karen

Here’s where I’m linking up.

Christmas Craft Linky Party 2012

Monday:

{aka}/ designGet Outta My Head PleaseMad in Crafts, Skip to My Lou,

The Gunny SackSew Can Do, Singing Three Little BirdsEtcetorizeDittle Dattle,

C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet homeCraft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful Rising,

Sarahndipities 

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkie,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch Boutique

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally Sustainable, The Shady Porch, Tea Rose Home, Lil’ Luna,

Sweet Peas & Bumble Bees, Mom On Timeout, Someday Crafts, Passionately Artistic,

Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

Thursday:

Mom On Timeout, Somewhat Simple, Thrifty Decorating, Bear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek Cottage, Fun to Craft, House of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful Order, Saved by Love Creations, A Glimpse Inside,

Between U & Me

Friday:

Simply Designing, Whipperberry733 BlogHappy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful Stamper, Making Lemonade Blog, Thirty Handmade Days,

Release Me Creations, Naptime Crafters, Romantic Home, Finding Fabulous,

Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, French Country Cottage,

The Charm of Home, The Grant Life, At the Picket Fence, Fingerprints on the Fridge,

Stuff and Nonsense

Saturday:

The Gingerbread Blog, Too Much Time On My Hands, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity You,

Be Different Act Normal

Sunday:

LambAround,   I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesPetite Hermine,

My 1929 Charmer Blog

Quilted Baby Pants

Last week I used an old quilt to make a Baby Sleep Sack. After completing that project I still had a lot of quilt left over.

I decided to make some toasty, snuggly baby pants! I had a pattern piece left over from the days when Eli wore 0-3 months size. I think I probably made it by tracing some of his pants, but I don’t really remember for sure. I like that this pattern is only 2 pieces. There are a lot of baby pant tutorials out there so I am just going to explain the parts where I had to do something different because I was using a quilt instead of single ply material.

As you can see in the photos below, I cut out the pieces, but removed the top portion that would have been folded over to create the elastic casing.

 

I sewed up the legs. The inside seam was too thick to be left to rub against the baby’s legs, and couldn’t just be sewn down flat. I cut strips of knit material from a t-shirt and hand stitched them over the seam. After sewing the two legs together I gave the crotch seam the same treatment.

  

Now I trimmed the top of the pants so both sides were even. I measured the across the top and cut a 2″ strip of t-shirt material the same measurement plus seam allowance. After sewing the two ends of the strip together I folded it in half lengthwise and pinned it raw edges up around the waist of the pants.

  

After sewing around I trimmed away as much of the quilt from the raw edge as I could without weakening the seam. I then sewed the raw edge of the knit waist band down all the way around trapping the raw edge of the quilt underneath. I apologize for the fuzzy picture.

  

Now I opened the inside of the waistband with a seam ripper to insert the elastic and hand stitched the seam closed again. The bottom of the pant legs were still raw edged. Again, to fold them up to hem them would make for a very thick and bulky hem, so instead I used a 1″ width piece of t-shirt material to bind the bottoms of the pant legs. Sew the binding fabric onto the front. Clip away any excess quilt. Turn the pants inside out and flip the material around to the other side. Sew it down around the pant leg.

 

There was a small hole in the quilt. I patched it with a small t-shirt heart shape and embroidery floss.

 

Front and back views of the quilted baby pants!

 

We live in Southern CA, so the amount of time during the year when pants this warm are really needed is short. The chances of our next child being a little girl and wearing 0-3 month size clothing during that window of time is small so I would like to give these away. If you would like me to send you these pants leave me a comment saying so. I will choose a recipient at random on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

Thanks for reading!

Karen

Here’s where I’m linking up. Please see my Linky List page for active links.

Sunday:

LambAround,  Homemaker on a Dime,  I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo Toes,

Petite Hermine

Monday:

{aka}/ design, Get Outta My Head Please, Mad in Crafts, Skip to My Lou,

The Gunny Sack, Sew Can Do, Singing Three Little Birds, Etcetorize, Dittle Dattle,

C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home, Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful Rising,

Sarahndipities 

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope Studios,

Funky Polkadot Giraffe,  Kammy’s Korner,

The Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip JunkieRaising 4 Princesses,

The Creative Itch Boutique

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally SustainableThe Shady PorchTea Rose HomeLil’ Luna,

Sweet Peas & Bumble BeesMom On TimeoutSomeday CraftsPassionately Artistic

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutSomewhat SimpleThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageFun to CraftHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful Order, Saved by Love Creations

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Snowman Ornament from Lightbulb

I have made these snowman ornaments for a few years now. They are a great way to reuse old lightbulbs. Now we only use the compact flourescent twisty bulbs so I had to ask a neighbor for this one.  They also can be made with smaller bulbs from inside ovens and refrigerators, etc.

Here’s how to make it:

Take a lightbulb and stick it into a glob of play dough. Paint it with acrylic white paint. I didn’t have any regular white paint left so I used this pearly paint. It takes a couple of coats. This time I left the paint a little bit gloppy to give it more of a snowball texture.

To make a stocking cap cut the ankle portion off of an old sock.

Sew in the sides tapering toward the tip of the hat. Trim off the excess material.

Make a pompom. You can use yarn, embroidery thread, or thinly cut strands on knit material. I used knit so I sewed them together and then onto the tip of the cap.

  

String glass beads for your hanger and attach the strand in a loop near the pompom on the hat.

 

Using a glue gun attach the hat to the snowman’s head covering up the screw-in part of the bulb.

Choose an item for the nose and affix with a glue gun. I used a button this time. In the past I’ve made a carrot nose with polymer clay.

Using a Sharpie, draw in the eyes and mouth.

Here is another ornament from years past. He has a hat sewn from felt and  embroidered and beaded with snowflakes. I gave it a ribbon band  and trimmed it with cotton around the brim.

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