Today I am participating in Deanna’s (from Sew McCool) 12 days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge.
Each of us had to come up with a Christmas project tutorial, and at the end of the 12 days, you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorite project and THE WINNER GETS $100.00! How very cool is that?
Without further ado…..
My tutorial is:
This is a utensil holder for a place setting, but it would also make a fantastic gift card/ small gift holder too!
Let’s get started.
You will need:
The free Elf Stocking pattern (download here)
2 different fabrics approx. 8×11 each (2 pieces each)
small amount of stuffing (optional)
bells and O rings (optional)
Sewing machine (or needle and thread and more power to ya!)
OK. I made the pattern fit onto one page so there is less printing for you.
You can trace the different pieces on tracing paper, or just cut 4 of the curly toed pieces and then trim the lining to the inner line.
You need to add a seam allowance to your heel pocket pieces (I would add 3/8″ all around it).
When you have all your fabric cut, you should have this:
Now, grab those heel pieces. With right sides together, sew across the top (the part that faces the inside of the stocking).
Clip around curves (I like using pinking shears) and flip so the rights sides are facing out.
You can press it flat, and top stitch (optional).
Now pin in place on the right side of one of the outer elf fabrics and baste or stitch in place (close to the edge).
Lay the other elf piece on top (right sides facing), and sew around the perimeter, leaving the top unsewn.
Clip curves and turn right sides out (not pictured). Make sure that toe is completely turned out. I like using a chopstick and gently push.
Grab your lining pieces, with right sides together sew around the perimeter, leaving the top unsewn along with a space on the toe.
With right sides facing, slip the outer piece inside the lining. Make sure to line up the points on the top AND make sure the toes are facing the same way.
Sew around completely. It should look like this. Make sure you clip or pink the edges to make those points nice and crisp when you turn them.
Now pull everything out through the toe of the lining. This is the time you would take a small amount of batting or stuffing and stuff your curly toe if you wanted. I didn’t for mine, but I have for others. Either way they look pretty cute. You also want to get inside and turn those top points out with that chopstick. Once everything is facing out, tuck the raw edges in on the toe, and sew the toe closed (either hand sew, or machine- no one will see it).
Push the lining inside the Elf stocking. You can top stitch around the points (optional). Fold the top down.
That little pocket is perfect for place cards, or even a note. Maybe a sprig of evergreen? Really, put your creativity to work!
This one I did with no pocket, but added jingle bells using jewelry O rings. I just pierced the O rings through the fabric and hung a bell on each. Easy peasy. *Although, if using where small children will be, I would leave these off because they are most definitely a choking hazard.
Place some silverware and a napkin inside and lay on a plate. Your table just got whimsical!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will come back to vote.
Don’t forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 – just in time for Christmas!