|My Zakka Style Drawstring Christmas Stocking|
April's words inspired me to try harder at my craft; wanting to create lovely vignettes with felt and fabric; always obsessed with adorning a sewn piece with something 'cute'. So here I start with this Zakka Style Drawstring Christmas Stocking with a felt tree designed by my son. I have a lot more learning and practicing to do; liking the idea of having a goal of some sort. Hmm..on second thought, I think learning more on pattern making might be a better place to start......darn, my indecisiveness is why I get NOWHERE! ^ ^ However crooked my road might be; the journey is still a delight ^ ^
Back to CHRISTMAS ~ I love this drawstring style Christmas stocking! It comes together rather quickly; a fun way to package gifts and baked goodies ! I came up with the pattern on my own..but hey, it's a drawstring bag shaped as a stocking..duh.
MY ZAKKA STYLE DRAWSTRING CHRISTMAS STOCKING TUTORIAL
(here's a pdf file to accompany this pictorial tutorial..if the pdf doesn't work; please please let me know..thank you ^ ^ )
- Exterior Fabric : 2 pieces 16" long x 12" wide
- Lining Fabric : Same as Exterior
- Interfacing : Same as Exterior
- Cord : 14" to 20"
- Cut a pattern for your stocking
- Note : For my stocking : Top is approximately 7 1/4" wide and 10" wide from toe to heel; the stocking is 11.5" long at the heel and 13" long at the toe.
- Use pattern to cut 2 pieces from Exterior Fabric
- Use pattern to cut 2 pieces from Lining Fabric
- Use pattern to cut 2 pieces from interfacing; follow manufacturer's instructions for fusing to exterior fabric
For the exterior fabric, I chose an Osnaburg fabric; commonly known as the ' poor man's linen'; is a linen-type muslin; that I found in a little fabric shop on Bainbridge Island in Seattle. I LOVE this fabric; perfect for my ZAKKA projects. Osnaburg is lightweight and has a "nubby" texture that is very soft to the touch and is crease resistant. To keep the natural look and feel of the Osnaburg fabric, I chose Stacy Shape Flex Fusible; a woven interfacing.
Embellish your stocking if you wish. Or use the cutest or most glorious designed fabric you can find and let the fabric be the showcase in your stocking ^^
Sewing Exterior Stocking Pieces
- Mark 2 inches from the top
- Place stocking pieces right sides together; using pressure foot as a guide to sew seams; sew around edges starting at 2” mark and ending at 2” mark (do not sew beyond the 2” line)
- Clip curves
- Turn stocking right side out; set aside
- The open seams will form the drawstring tunnel.
- Finish open seams by turning down seams; press; sew
- Place lining right sides together; using pressure foot as a guide to sew seams; sew completely around edge
- Clip curve
Putting It Together
- Place the stocking into the lining; right sides together
- Sew along top edge; joining the stocking and lining together
- Pull the stocking and lining right side out through the top opening
- Push lining into the stocking; leave a little of the lining showing on the outside if you wish
- Top stitch around the top edge of the stocking
- Measure 1 1/4" from the top and mark. Sew along this line to form the drawstring tunnel
- String your cord through the tunnel ( I used one (1) drawstring cord for this stocking but go ahead and use 2 cords if you want to make it more like a handbag )
I hope you enjoy this project
happy day ^ ^