A Little Holiday Stocking

by Heather on November 13, 2015

This is an older tutorial, but one of my favorites! Especially for the holiday season. I’ve added a downloadable PDF pattern for you this year. Remember to print choosing “100%”, NOT “fit to page”. You can also increase the size to your needs by sizing up the pattern on a copier.

holidaystockingpattern <—download the pattern here!




Is there a little spot on your tree that is bare? Do you have a few scraps of holiday fabric leftover from your sewing this year? Need a little something to make a present stand out a little more and don’t want to brave the shopping crowds? I have the perfect little thing to make! Very easy and quick!

Here is the basic pattern. This is drawn on 1/4″ graph paper, the kind that most office supply stores sell. Feel free to improvise your shape a little bit. You will need 2 of the body, and 4 of the cuff and also a little 1″x4″ scrap for the hanger loop.

First, trace your pattern. If you want to do a bit of embellishment, like some hand embroidery, I highly suggest you do it before you cut out the pattern. Yes, I do trace my patterns in sharpie. Yes, I have sharpies in my sewing studio, don’t you?

Cut out your pieces and sew the stocking bodies together, using 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving the top open. Clip curves really well! Then turn right side out, gently using a chop stick or other pointy object to push out the heel and the toe. Gently. Not that I have ever stuck the end of my pointy object through the tip of the heel or anything. Nope, never happened.

Grab the 1″x4″ strip of fabric. Fold it lengthwise and press. Then fold in the long edges to the center and press again. Then stitch along the edge to finish. Or, you could omit this whole singe the finger situation and grab a nice little length of ribbon. It’s your choice. I always think the fabric will look cute until I am blowing on my fingertips as they get close to the iron. Suddenly, ribbon seems just fine.

Take the two pairs of cuffs and sew 1/4″ seam along one short side. Press open.

Place the cuffs together, matching seams. Sew along the bottom edge only. Clip corners.

Open up the cuffs, and matching right sides, line up the short sides and bottom seam. Stitch along this side. You should now have a little circle cuff with only the top edge unfinished. Clear as mud? I hope so.

Place the hanging loop in the cuff as shown. Baste it in place, matching raw edges.

Fill the stocking/boot body with fiberfill. I use my finger and the fat end of a chopstick to work the filling into the toe and a bit into the heel. Don’t overfill, but provide enough to give a nice look. Place the raw edge of the cuff INSIDE the boot, with the raw edge of the boot top showing. Stitch along the edge of the boot top a couple of times or zig zag. Fold the cuff down over the raw edge and voila, you are done!

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Oakshott Clutch

by Heather on May 4, 2015

I got a stunning bundle of the new Oakshott Scandinavia collection in the mail a few weeks ago and it was dying to be made into a pretty little clutch.

If you have ever worked with Oakshott before you know that the hue of the fabric is saturated and it glistens in the light. Its the perfect fabric, in my opinion, to texturize. Just so more of the fibers hit the light with that stunning sheen.


Oakshott clutch

I’m in the US and will get the downloadable pdf pattern up in a few hours.


While waiting for the pattern to be uploaded It’s right here!! Please be nice about any editing issues, I keep finding spelling mistakes and I’m sure there are more… OakshottClutch, check out the rest of the blog hop celebrating this new collection! Its stunning, trust me!!

Over the next two weeks we are bringing you eight projects from eight fantastic designers using Oakshott Scandinavia.  All the hops are listed out below so you can come back to this post and see where to go to next!

Scandinavia is a line of shot cottons shot with cream so that they create a beautiful gentle palette and I am so excited to see what everyone is going to do with them.  
The blog hop stops are listed out below and I hope you enjoy the inspiration you find there.  
4 May  – Sarah Sharp 
5 May  – Heather Scrimsher 
6 May  – Amy Sinibaldi 
7 May  – Rossie Hutchinson
11 May – Elaine Poplin
12 May – Sarah Fielke
13 May – Nicholas Ball
14 May – Lori Landerberger

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My Sewing Philosophy

March 30, 2015

There are many different types of sewists out there. Some are precise and love the precision. Some are neat. Some are artistic. Some are messy. Some focus on recreating an image, others want to create something unlike anything else out there. Some love blue, some love green, some love black, some love knits, some love […]

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Did you know I also have patterns?

February 6, 2015

In addition to my book, “Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images”, I also have a line of 3 (soon to be 6!) patterns. Currently they are only available through me and I do wholesale to shops and include free shipping with a minimum order! Here are my current patterns: The first is “Filmstrip”. This is a jelly […]

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Book Review

February 5, 2015

Right Sides Together did a review of my new book, Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images on their blog today! Click on the title to go to the review! If you are not familiar with their blog, its a fun one to read and follow. I love their excitement about everything fabric! Are you looking for […]

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