Ribbon stocking

Table topper and placemats

It occurred to me that I have not provided a Christmas offering.  And the ribbon art Christmas stocking and placemats are a good place to start.

Ribbon art in general, holds a special creative spot in my heart, mainly because it allows you to create your own fabric in very little time, and then from that, create what ever you would like.

I originally made these just as a kind of novelty, not expecting them to last, but we are now going into the third year, and they are looking fine.

I will warn you that Christmas decorating for me is always over the top.  Gold, silver tinsel and confetti dots were created for a reason, and that reason is 

But, what is great about this project, is that it is all you...so..let's get started.

Making the Socking Pattern

Making a pattern for me is a "wing it" kind of thing, so a pattern provided from me may not be what is conventionally done.  

I have provided an example pattern, and how to go about making one.  All home decor sewing has a 1/4" seam allowance, and so what ever size you make the stocking, it will be reduced by 1/4".  
Draw the lower stocking in any form you wish.  After you have drawn it the size you want, add 1/4" around the stocking for your seam allowance.  Or just remember to cut a 1/4" wider.

Planning for the cuff starts first anticipating the seam allowance.

As the front is sewn, room should be anticipated for the seam when the cuff is finally folded over the stocking.  Hence the 1/2" allowance on one side of the cuff.

Then bring your lines up straight for the length of your cuff, widening the top a little.

The cuff needs 1/2" for seam allowance, the front and back of the cuff.  Then, it needs an additional 1/2" as the cuff goes passed the back of the stocking.  

Check to make sure your measuring works out.  

Now that the pattern is done, let's work on the fabric.

Creating you fabric

The ribbon I purchased for the stockings and placemats is outdoor wired ribbon.  I bought this ribbon, first, because the plastic coating allows me to clean the placemats after the meal.  Second, it is the only ribbon pattern I liked.  And third, it comes in the widest width.   You can make fabric out of any ribbon size, it just takes less weaving with wider ribbon.  You will want to remove the wire, so ribbon without the wire is great, unfortunately, it is hard to find width and pattern in something other than the wired ribbon.

While you are getting the ribbon, I promise to meet you back here next week to go through laying the ribbon, sewing it and then making the stocking, topper and placemats. 

Thank you for joining me,  I will see you then...



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