Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 2 -- 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!

welcome to today's edition of the '12 days of christmas' blog hop!   my focus today is on christmas stockings, specifically string-pieced stockings.  about me?  i'm a recent transplant to western maryland from my native new england, gave up lobsters for crabs--a southern yankee i guess!  60 years ago my mom sent me to 4-H where i learned to sew and was primarily a garment sewer--including a wedding dress and soft dolls--until 1979 when took my first quilting class at adult ed.  this was my first quilt...the ever-popular sampler!


i was immediately hooked and gave up all other crafts for quilting, though i still sew some garments.  amish quilts were the sirens that lured me into quilting...hand quilting is my favorite part!  in the 80s, string piecing was BIG and i made simple vests for myself and my daughter.  i branched out into potholders, christmas ornaments and stockings, pillows etc.  being primarily a scrappy quilter, had a plentiful supply of fabric even then.  strip piecing is limited only by your stash and your imagination.  i hope you enjoy the ideas here, and hopefully they'll fuel your mojo to make some for yourself or somebody special!  these stockings were my first and were made using a commercial pattern featuring the court-jester style of cuff with little bells sewn at the points.


you can see i kept to the traditional red/green colors.  that was me, the cautious, matchy-matchy grace who, thanks to bonnie hunter, no longer exists!   yes, they are nice and i liked them, but now that i have time to play in my stash, creativity has flourished and have branched out to other quilting styles!  here are some examples...



first, some kaffe fassett fabrics that make me swooon! i think i'll hang this year round....and how about a patriotic stocking for a vet or a summer holiday?  the stars on the cuff were done in a polyester lamé fabric, backed with a stabilizer, paper pieced.  yes, they are washable but be careful with the iron.


then there's a low volume style with some simple ribbon on the cuff....and a civil war repro stocking too...


finally, back to red and green, with something for the tree hugger or rustic retreat....inset paper pieced trees and a bright red ribbon...but a challenge for a beginning quilter as it's more fussy in construction.....then a mod style red/green with no cuff... as i shopped my stash for these fabrics, i was tempted to make a lot more!!!  now i'll show you some construction photos....caveat:  this is the method i use and might not be the method you choose....how to begin?


a muslin backing and piece of poly fleece cut larger than the actual pattern and pinned for stability...



then i begin to add my strips using all the same width or different widths...diagonal or horizontal


continue adding strips, removing pins as i work down the stocking....


once the top is completely covered, then pin pattern and trim.  for backing, i used a double thickness of cotton fabrics.  place right sides together, stitch around stocking (NOT ACROSS TOP) with 1/4" seam and then turn right side out....want to line it?  cut 2 stocking shapes and put right sides together; stitch around leaving a space open on the side about 3" in length....DO NOT TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT


now place stocking right side out INTO lining....NOTE that lining stocking is still wrong side out....the opening on the right side not visible but is there....


with top of stocking and top of lining pinned together, stitch around with 1/4" seam....now pull stocking thru the opening left in the lining....


it then looks like this....the red tree print was the fabric i used for the back side of the stocking...


then, i sewed up the opening on the side of the stocking lining and tucked it down inside the stocking...i made a hanger and pinned it to the outside (right side) of the stocking before adding the lining....this is the finish with lining for the stocking WITHOUT the cuff....


when i wanted to add a cuff AND the lining, here's how  i did it....first, i sewed the lining as usual but without the side opening....then i turned the lining right side out and slipped it inside the stocking, which left me with raw edges of both lining and stocking around the top.  then i made my hanger and pinned it to the INSIDE of the stocking to the lining fabric.  i measured across the top of my stocking, added seam allowances and chose my depth measurement....my stocking measured 7" across the top (added seam allowances) and for most i chose a 4" depth, ending up with a 3.5" cuff after finishing.  


this is my cuff and facing with right sides together, both pieces stitched first at sides and then around the bottom.  if you're not math phobic, you could cut one piece of fabric and then fold it instead of using 2 different pieces.  if you want to add trim as in the civil war stocking, though, you will need 2 pieces, pinning the trim on before sewing the facing to the outside piece.  now turn right side out.  i then pinned it to the INSIDE of the stocking to the right side of the lining with my hanger pinned to the stocking and inbetween the stocking and cuff; then it was stitched 1/4" from the top, making sure all raw edges (stocking, lining, cuff) were evenly pinned together.  


then just turn the cuff to the outside....now, for those of you who want to tackle the inserted pieces as i did with the trees....first, i paper pieced my trees.  then i sewed strips to either side, essentially making it one very wide strip, then just pinned to stocking, sewed and flipped...sounds simple but the mechanics are more complicated than with a single, narrower strip.  i had originally thought about paper pieced letters spelling J-O-Y, but found the trees that i liked better...maybe another stocking? each insert must be treated individually by adding the strips to the sides first and then added to the stocking one by one. before trimming the stocking to the pattern shape, i made another pattern using a see-thru interfacing to make sure i trimmed the stocking with the trees equidistant as possible from all sides. so that's about it.  the first one of any of these is a bit time consuming, but additional ones go quickly, even with the cuff and lining.  as mentioned, i could have made a lot more very easily inspired by fabrics in my stash....indigo fabrics, some other pretty christmas-y fabrics, some rich-looking reds and plaids....oooh plaids!  now it's your turn and i hope you will find them as fun as i have....thanks for stopping by....now check out these other great ideas!

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179 comments:

  1. Love the idea of scrap stockings. Thanks for sharing as I look forward to the 12 days of Christmas.

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  2. thank you for sharing your quilt history/journey. I think most quilters have abandoned most other crafts most of the time... there are just soo many quilts to make! :)

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  3. I have always planned on making stockings for DH and I......11 years later and I still haven't done it! You explanation might be the one that gets me motivated.

    Thank you.

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  4. Wow I love these stockings and your construction method - thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thank you for your tutorial. The stockings are perfect!

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  6. What a delight!!
    *Thank you!* for sharing your journey, and for the great tutorial!
    (So many wonderful examples! I've wanted to make stockings... Your creativity is inspiring me to take on a project I've put off for too long!)
    Pat T.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. O haven't got much in the line of Christmas decorations since we lost them all in the house fire so this is brilliant for me to make for the kids. Even though they are griwn up I'm sure they would love this. Thank you for the blog hop too!

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  8. I have a friend who wants to make new Christmas stockings for her family, I'll be sure to share this with her. Thanks for sharing this pattern!

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  9. Hopefully I'll make some stocking this year, your tutorial looks nice to try out!
    ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  10. Your stockings are just too cute! Love the endless varieties that can be achieved-each one different from the other! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  11. These look very nice. I'm sure the recipients will love them.

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  12. Lovely stockings, you make them seem so easy I have to give it a try. Thank you for the tutorial

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  13. Very pretty, they will look lovely hanging from a fireplace mantle!

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  14. Great stockings! I made one for my DIL, when the came for Christmas.

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  15. Great looking stockings, and a wonderful way to use up some strings/strips. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. What lovely stockings! Thank you for creating and sharing the tutorial! I particularly love the modern red and green stocking!

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  17. I've done this method and it is fun. Thanks for some additional ideas.

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  18. I love the stockings. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  19. great tutorial and I like the idea of strings to make the stocking

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  20. Funny, a friend of mine has been playing around with making stockings from strings. I'll share your post with her and see if it helps.

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  21. Great tutorial. I've only recently fallen in love with string piecing, so I'll have to give this a try! We must be neighbors - I live in western MD, too. Hagerstown.

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  22. Using strings to make stockings is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  23. I love string piecing. This is a great idea for making stockings.

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  24. What would decorating be without stockings? Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Fun! Love seeing how you have evolved as a string quilter!!!

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  26. Great stocking! I can easily see my quilting guild sewing up many of these for charity donations. Thanks for the post. D. Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

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  27. Great stocking tutorial. Thanks!

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  28. What lovely stockings you have to hang at Christmas.

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  29. Loved reading your 'about me' - it's always interesting to read how people got started with quilting. I had a quick look back on your posts and saw your Mum & Dad's wedding photo - happy memories for a lovely couple :)

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  30. I am in total awe that you have been sewing for over 60 years! Fantastic!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  31. What a great picture and scripture verse at the top of your blog!
    Thank you for the stocking tutorial. I like the ones with the cuffs.
    Debbie
    ollieami@aol.com

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  32. Pretty stockings. Thanks for the tutorial.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  33. I love these!!' Such a great idea.

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  34. Thanks for the tutorial. And the introduction to yourself. Fabulous variety of stockings.

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  35. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm inspired to make new stockings this year.

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  36. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your techniques.

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  37. Thanx for the new-to-me technique. I do need some new stockings

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  38. I dub you the reigning queen of the Christmas stocking! Love your tulip blog header.
    tvonzalez at gmail dot com

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  39. Thanks for the stocking idea. Never to early to start.

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  40. It's nice to see all of the stocking variations.

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  41. Those are so cute. It's hard to think Christmas but it will be here before we know it.

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  42. Those stockings are adorable. What a great idea to use up our scraps.

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  43. Love it. I am going to have to try these this year. I even have some Christmas fabrics.

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  44. Thanks for a great idea!! I am going to make these for our family Christmas giveaways!!

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  45. Cute stockings! I like that you tried some with different color schemes as well.

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  46. Great tutorial! How interesting that string piecing was popular in the 80's and here it is again in this century!

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  47. You've written a fantastic tutorial and I LOVE all the photos. There are so many possibilities and variations...now which to try first?

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  48. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Love hearing your start in quilting. Your stockings are great. Thanks for the great tutorial and taking the time to share. Much appreciated!

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  50. Oh my goodness what great ideas and eye candy! And a super tutorial, too! Thanks Grace for all the time you put into this!!

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    1. so glad you approve....i had fun doing them!

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  51. Fabulous stockings, thanks for the tute-I think that is the way I would do it also.

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  52. Always great to meet a yankee (I grew up in CT)! This tutorial is fantastic and the stockings are adorable! I love string projects...thank you for hosting!

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  53. Yep Southern Yankee now!
    The south calls you north and the North calls you south

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  54. That is a dun way to do the stocking!! they are so cute

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  55. I love string projects -- thanks so much for the tutorial -- and the beautiful examples for inspiration!

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  56. I like your stockings. I will have to give your tutorial a try.

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  57. Great project idea!!! Using up the stash is another good idea. Thanks for the tutorial.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  58. Never thought of string stockings before. Will have to dig out the scraps and try one!

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  59. I love the strip stockings! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  60. Great idea for a quick string quilt project, and it will help bust the stash! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. These are so cute. Thanks for having so many pictures. It makes it easy to get them right!!

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  62. Wow--look at all these comments. Everyone seems to agree that you have given us a superb tutorial, Grace! What a fun bunch of stockings. And I am loving your idea of doing one in plaids.

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    1. i know janet...i keep looking at my stack of plaids....lol

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  63. Good grief- that's a LOT of stockings!

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  64. these are lovely. thanks for sharing how you did them.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  65. i plan to make these stockings using selvedges for the strings.

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  66. I'm currently working on a set of 5 stockings including a yo-yo, star, zig-zag, snowball and patchwork one!

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  67. Thanks for sharing your stocking tutorial with us,

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  68. I don't make many stockings, but these are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  69. Wonderful stockings and you have one that should appeal to everyone with so many different fabrics. Thanks for showing how to make them too. I need visuals to help explain the directions.

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  70. I have never been so enthusiastic about Christmas so early before. Great stuff, thank you.

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  71. A lovely tutorial. Thank you

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  72. Stockings make for a lovely gift or to start a bit of family tradition. Well done on the tutorial.

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  73. I have the newspaper pattern for Christmas stockings that my mother and grandmother used to make stockings for us kids (and some of the grandkids). Thanks for all the ideas.

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  74. Thanks for this tutorial and great stocking ideas.

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  75. Your stockings are cute. I especially love the Christmas stocking with the trees.

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  76. Cool stockings! Thanks for the instructions, too!

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  77. Each and everyone is terrific. Thanks also for the construction tips. Merry Christmas.

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  78. So fun reading about your quilting journey! Always fun to meet another kindred spirit! :)

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  79. THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT STOCKING IDEAS! READINGTIRZAH AT YAHOO.COM

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  80. My favorite is your "tree hugger" version. Thanks for sharing your scrappy strippy stockings! Thank you for participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.

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  81. Great stockings and look pretty easy to whip up a few. Thanks for participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.

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  82. So many options! Thanks for the tips; I've been wanting to make a lined stocking.

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  83. It would be hard to pick a favorite, all are pretty. This is a fun hop.

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  84. Nice stockings. My favourite is the one with the trees. It has reminded me that somewhere I have a few paper-pieced trees left over from a cushion.

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  85. Your stockings are awesome! My niece and I were just talking today about quilted Christmas stockings! I will have to give this a try. Thank you!

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  86. I love your stockings! This is the push I need to get some finished by Christmas!

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  87. I need to make some new stockings - thanks for the great ideas!

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  88. Great stockings--I think I need to make one for my son to replace the applique one the dog chewed--his fault for leaving candy in it!!

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  89. Love how each stocking is unique and one of a kind!!! Great gift idea!

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  90. Thanks for sharing all your lovely stockings and the instructions for making them! I'm sure I know some people who would enjoy new stockings this Christmas.

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  91. Love the stockings!! Thanks for sharing the instructions! I love Christmas in July!
    maggie

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  92. Nice stockings, love the variety!

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  93. I enjoyed your details on construction. I, too, created stockings some years ago with my own pattern....and it took a while to figure out just how to do the cuff to make it all come out right sides showing. I just may have to copy your instructions since mine are all in the head and that is not very reliable anymore! Thanks for sharing.

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  94. Hey Citymouse!! Great to cross paths with you again! Thanks for the tutorial. pam

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  95. What great Christmas stockings! Thanks for the tutorial!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  96. I liked your stockings, thanks for the tutorial.

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  97. Cute ideas! I liked all the different ways you decorated them.

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  98. love your stockings. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  99. Your stockings are lovely! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Great ideas for stocking. Thanks

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  101. I look forward to having grandkids so I can make them a personalized stocking for Christmas. Seeing your tutorial makes it seem easy. Love those strips!

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  102. Thanks for the tutorial. I need to make new stockings this year.

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  103. I think it's time to update our stockings ! (and use up some scraps too!)

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  104. What fun! I love all the varieties you've created. Thanks for the tutorial. Your method is very similar to the one I use and I am always happy with the results. Thanks again for sharing your talent with us today. :-)

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  105. love making Christmas stockings. Your cuffs are beautiful.

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  106. Very interesting info on your quilting/sewing career. The stockings are so cute. Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  107. Thank you for sharing the information on the Christmas stockings! cknapp3626 (at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  108. Love these socks. I made some back in the 80's also. Was just thinking they would make nice baby gifts for the 3 new babies due in my family this fall.

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  109. I love making stockings. Very nice.

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  110. You must have read my mind, I will be making three stockings this year and needed some new ideas... thank you for sharing.

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  111. You must have read my mind, I will be making three stockings this year and needed some new ideas... thank you for sharing.

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  112. Thanks for your very detailed tutorial. Sometimes it is a helpful to be told what not to do ("don't turn it inside out yet) as it is to be given correct instructions. You anticipated where we could go wrong and headed us off. :)

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  113. Thank you for the tutorial. I love to make Christmas stockings!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  114. Love string piecing. I am making s memory quilt from ties for a friend at church. The sting piecing makes some interesting design options with the ties. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Jkestevens@aol.com

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  115. Love scrappy, love strings. Excellent instructions, thanks. Karen

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  116. Thanks, you make it look easy.

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  117. Very cute stockings and clear directions. Thanks for participating in this year's blog hop.

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  118. Love the variety of stockings made. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  119. I need to make more stockings!

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  120. Great tutorial, I love the non-cuffed stocking look.

    Brandy

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  121. Great tutorial! thanks! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  122. Those are super cute stockings - thanks for the tutorial! I, too, gave up lobster for crab, though mine is on the pacific side. At least you're closer to go get a lobster fix!

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  123. love the scrap Christmas stocking

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  124. Great stockings! I plan on making several this year. This will make another variety, thank you!

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  125. When I commented yesterday from Chrome, none of my comments went through. Making it on Firefox today! Thanks for a well photographed and illustrated tutorial. Those stockings are cute, and I could do this. dezertsuz at gmail

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  126. Thanks for sharing. I love all of your stockings

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  127. Great stockings! Need to pull out all of my scraps!

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  128. Thanks for sharing how to make these!

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  129. Wow.lots of options for fabulous stockings. Thanks for sharing.

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  130. Great idea to use up scraps. I love sewing strings. Thanks! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  131. I like how you left the hole for turning on the side. That's a great tip. Probably most of us have left in the top or the bottom which get the most wear, are the smallest, and the most difficult to turn. I love your various choice of fabrics. I think stockings like many other decorations can be left up year round. I love trees and would love at some time to make decorations for each month or season of the year. Stockings would be perfect would be perfect for a tree and then I'd have a reason to leave the tree up all year and change the stockings or ornaments. Thanks you for making my wheels in the brain spin.

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  132. Very cute stockings thanks for sharing
    Swoot@att.net

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  133. I love making stockings. You have definitely inspired me to make a few more.

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  134. A great way to make a fun Christmas stocking without spending a year doing it! pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  135. Loved all your stockings-especially the non-Christmas fabric ones. A great way to use up scraps of fabric and a fun way to celebrate other holidays-like your red-white and blue stocking with the stars!

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  136. What lovely stockings! Thank you for being part of the 2017 Christmas Blog Hop

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  137. Your stockings are great and so colorful, each one unique. Great tutorial too btw, thanks.
    ejaneemerson@yahoo.com

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  138. Very nice...you sound much like me, quilting is what keeps my complete attention. I too love hand quilting!!

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  139. wow what beautiful work you do

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  140. I like your construction method. I have tried stockings but always give up in frustration when it's time to attach the cuff. I'll try yours next.

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  141. Love the stockings! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  142. The stockings are so cute.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  143. It looks like you've become an expert at stocking making. Nicely done.

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  144. Love those stockings! Oh, and the crab look so yummy!

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  145. Neat stockings! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  146. Loved all your stockings. Great tutorial!

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  147. I never would have thought of making a string stocking, but now that you have shared the idea, I have some projects to start. Thank you!

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  148. Great assortment of stockings--makes me want to gather up some strips and start sewing.

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  149. Terrific ideas for stockings and thanks for the instructions!

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  150. Love them I so love making stocking for every new baby in the family... ty for sharing yours... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  151. Beautiful. I am making stocking for my family this year as well. I need to finish them before Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  152. Thank you for a great tutorial. x

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  153. I made our stockings back in the day--perhaps it's time for a refresh!

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  154. Scrap stockings are a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  155. I love your stockings!! Thank you for this giveaway!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  156. So many great stockings! The possibilities really are unlimited :)

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  157. My kids have handmade stockings, but I made my Mother-In-Law make them (with fabric I chose). So much nicer than the store bought ones!

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  158. Love all the stockings, will have to make some. beimborn@charter.net

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  159. That's a lot of beautiful stockings. I love the Kaffe Fassett one.

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  160. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing great instructions for making these stockings. I need to make one this year for a new baby who is due late-August. These tips will be really helpful. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  161. Great instructions and ideas for the stockings. Thanks!

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  162. Your stockings are awesome. I love that you showed many different varieties, all inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  163. Nice tutorial! Our guild makes stockings throughout the year to be distributed to kids at the women's shelter during Christmas.

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  164. Very cute stockings! These would be great to make for our nursing home residents!

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