On the seventh day of Christmas Sewing, my good friend gave to me–the day off! Welcome guest blogger, Mary Mulari who is never short on clever sewing ideas. Mary has a knack for making sewing simple, yet with very artsy results. Enjoy!
Sweatshirt Cut Ups for Christmas by Mary Mulari
Combine a makeover with a time-friendly project and you too could make one or two Christmas stocking/mittens to hang from the fireplace mantle. Using my Sweatshirt Cut Ups for Christmas pattern and two sweatshirts with appliqués from books I’ve written in the past, I now have two special memory gifts. I can use the stocking and mitten traditionally by hanging them over the fireplace, or use them as gift wrapping–no need to search for boxes, tape, and ribbon!
You can also use the pattern to make Christmas stockings/mittens from college or vacation sweatshirts, t-shirts (with added interfacing for stability), or fabric with memories of special people or experiences. This is a great project for kids and teens.
The white sweatshirt with an appliquéd angel also has an offset knit collar sewn to the sweatshirt neckline. This design and sweatshirt can be found in my book Adventure in Appliqués.
I added extra trim and details (piping, ruffle, and ruffle trim) to the stocking from this sweatshirt but you can choose to save time by simply sewing the stocking as directed on the pattern.
I cut the medium size stocking pattern shape from light pink tissue paper and laid it over the angel design on the sweatshirt to determine how the design would fit on the stocking. Being able to see through the pattern piece makes it much easier to “audition” a design placement.
After cutting out the stocking front and back, I gathered my trimming supplies–a 5″ x 28″ piece of cotton for the top ruffle, 1-1/4 yds. of pre-made piping, 1/2 yd. decorative braid to cover the ruffle raw edge, and a 6″ ribbon for the stocking hanger. I cut the collar off the sweatshirt neckline and pressed it flat to use it for the stocking toe and heel caps.
I fused a layer of lightweight knit interfacing to the wrong side of each stocking piece to give the sweatshirt fabric more body.
The first additions to the stocking front are the toe and heel caps. I cut the toe cap larger to be able to sew in a gift card pocket. Sew on the caps to the front stocking only; adding caps to the back stocking makes the stocking layers too thick to sew through…I know this from experience! To form a gift card pocket on the toe cap, draw lines along the side of a card and leave the space open as you sew the other edges of the cap to the stocking shape.
Next pin and sew the piping around the front stocking, meeting the raw edges to the raw edge of the stocking, and stitching close to the piping ridge. Place the stocking back with right side of fabric facing the right side of the front stocking. Pin and sew around the stocking, following the stitching line that attached the piping in the previous step. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears.
Sew the short ends of the 5″ x 28″ fabric strip together, with right sides of fabric meeting. Fold and press the circle of fabric in half, meeting the raw edges of fabric and the wrong sides of the fabric. Sew with a basting stitch less than 1/4″ from the raw edges and gather the fabric into a ruffle to fit around the top of the stocking.
Pin the gathered ruffle to the stocking’s top edge on the wrong side of the stocking.
Sew the ruffle to the stocking with a 1/4″ seam allowance and standard stitch length. Sew the 6″ ribbon ends to the stocking and over the ruffle to form a hanging loop. Sew the top edge of the trim around the stocking, covering the seamline that attached the ruffle to the stocking.
Pin and sew the lower edge of the trim covering the ruffle-attaching seam to the stocking right side. This will bring the ruffle up to extend above the top edge of the stocking. If the seam allowances are too wide or thick beneath the trim strip, cut away the excess fabric and piping ends.
Turn the stocking right side out and press the seams and edges.
Don’t forget to add your sewing signature label. Here’s mine on the backside of the stocking.
The black sweatshirt with its abstract shapes and designs in Ultrasuede® also features a zipper neck opening which I was able to incorporate in my Christmas mitten. The appliqué designs are from Appliqués with Style.
Another way to “audition” the pattern shape for design placement is to cut the pattern shape out of a larger piece of paper. Here you’ll see the mitten shape as a window.
The mitten back was cut from the sweatshirt sleeve; the neckline zipper and a portion of the sweatshirt below it were cut out for a gift card pocket. The mitten cuff facings were cut from coordinating cotton fabrics. A 6″ ribbon was chosen for the mitten’s hanging loop.
The gift card pocket is basted to the finger end of the mitten.
The mitten back is pinned to the mitten front. The mitten top cuff lining is sewn together with right sides of fabric meeting and seams on each side.
Sew the mitten edges together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Pin and sew the loop ends to the mitten top edge near the seamline opposite the thumb seam. Pin and sew the right side of the cuff facing to the right side of the mitten.
Turn the mitten right side out and turn the facing to the inside of the mitten, leaving 1/4″ exposed. Pin in place and stitch in the ditch to secure the facing. On the inside of the stocking, fuse pieces of paper-backed fusible web to the stocking and fuse the lower cuff edge to the stocking.
Now all you have to do is insert a gift card in the zipper pocket.
Hang your stocking and mitten on the fireplace and wait for Santa to arrive and fill your clever, personalized creations with treats and surprises.
Bye for now,