Sunday, November 30, 2008

More from the Christmas Workshop...



My newly married daughter asked if I had made Christmas stockings yet for her.

"Ummm well, no, not yet," was my reply. I had told her earlier that I would make her and her husband special stockings if they wanted them but once I finished the babies' stockings, I kind of forgot about the idea. Dear Daughter and I had been shopping at a local store, following the sales, and decided that the stockings "out there" were okay, but that I could do something more unique and personal. So today I did it.

I found the patterns for the felt cut-outs here and here at Midwest Living. Check out all the seasonal patterns here. I like the calm spirit of these patterns which will easily flow past Christmas and into winter. The stockings won't, but some of the other projects will. I did not enlarge the patterns (as directed) for my stocking projects, but kept them the original printed size.

I had read somewhere that you must never iron synthetic felt. Well, I did. I even used Heat and Bond (the non-sew variety) to adhere my felt poinsettias and the reindeer (or is he an elk?) onto the stockings. I pressed them again, and again, and again. And no, this was not the wool-blend felt. It was a nice by-the-yard-felt, but not the very best quality. It worked well, and I was happy with the results. I had hesitated to do some other projects with felt mainly because of the directions: "Do Not Iron," but now I will move onward without fear. Just for the record, if I were making some of the Midwest Living projects, like pillows and throws, I would spend the extra money and buy a wool-blend felt. I think they would hold up better.

11 comments:

  1. Wow, Jody, these are *really* cute! Compared to me, you are a Wonder Woman of all things sewy and crafty. I love all of the projects you've shared lately!

    Susan :-)

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  2. Mom! We LOVE these!! Thank you so much! Cant wait to recieve them and hang 'em up.

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  3. well done!! Thank you for the pattern and posting your lovely work.
    Debbie

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  4. Oooh, they're beautiful Ms. Gumbo! And I love that your daughter posted how much she loves them -- they're obviously a hit.

    I also loved the turkey videos that you posted -- too funny! And of course Charlie -- that's one of my favorite videos ever!

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  5. They turned out so nice..looks like a good pattern. Dianntha

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  6. Jody, these turned out wonderful !!!!!! xoxoxox Clarice

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  7. I LOVE the stag on M's stocking!! How regal!

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  8. Oh Jody they're gorgeous. You're a very clever lady!

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  9. very nice...absolutely darling.

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  10. Thanks for your encouraging words, ladies. I love your comments.

    Jody

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  11. Hi Jody,

    I've enjoyed reading about all of your Christmas preparations today. I hope you all are well and enjoying the season, even though it's been very cold where you are.

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