Saturday, January 2, 2010

Crafty New Year

I bought some stockings at a Christmas clearance sale last year and have been wanting to take them to get them monogrammed for, well, a year now. But, while looking around at some other blogs with craft and sewing ideas I stumbled across this blog with the best idea ever: hand embroidered stockings! I love trying new craft and sewing ideas and she made it seem easy enough. Here are some photos and then I'll give you some pointers on what made it a little easier for me...

Here are the stockings I have. They are red, quilted velvet stockings I found for $5.99 on sale! I bought four so in the future when we have kiddos they will have stockings that match their mommy and daddy's stockings! :)

Here's a close up of the tracing and Blake's "B" in progress.

Here's mine, all finished.

Here's Blake's, all complete! I think it look smore like an "R" than a "B" but I can always redo it if it continues to bother me.

On Nikki's blog she pinned the tracing to the fabric and sewed straight through the paper onto the fabric. When I was practicing, my paper kept tearing and so I pulled out my transfer paper and traced the letters right onto the fabric. This made it a lot easier for me to sew the letters onto the stockings.

The thread I used was crochet thread. I bought extra-fine, fine, medium and thick thread. I ended up using the fine thread because it didn't tangle as much and was easier to get through the fabric. I would advise practicing with fabric similar to the one you want to monogram through. Although it doesn't look like a professional job a machine would do, it is very crafty looking and I am really happy with them!

Now, it's time to take them down and I'll get to enjoy them in December! :)

Until next time,

Ringin' In 2010!

Happy New Year! We went out with our friends and had a blast! The time flew by too quickly, as it tends to do when you're having fun! :) Here are a few pictures of our NYE celebration!

Hope you and your's have a wonderful 2010!!
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