OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

October, oh how I love you!  This month is always filled will all my favorite things….I should write a song and sing it like Julie Andrews!   “When the ghost boos, when the ghouls scream, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel….sooooooo bad.”    No but seriously, there are so many wonderful things that happen in October!   My birthday is this month, we always have a halloween party and brew our favorite root beer (which I will be posting the recipe, so stay tuned).  This month my husband has a work convention in Massachusettes, so I am going to tag along with him and go visit SALEM…BWAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to my mother-in-law for generously offering to babysit while we’re gone on such short notice.   It’s an awesome month!  Most of all I just love the way this month makes me feel.

Here are some ideas for adding the feel of October to your home!  I really like the dollar store, if you haven’t already noticed in some of my posts.   I added a lot of Dollar Store items to my table setting.  Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean you can’t make it look good!  I found the plates, black tinted goblets…skeleton and pumpkins, owl salt and pepper shakers, and even the fall sprigs at the Dollar Store.   I love the basic orange plate, and it will make it easy to use them for November too! I won’t have to switch out much.   I added jack-o-lantern candle holders from the dollar store to a basic fall table centerpiece….this will be easy to reuse for Thanksgiving.

The Halloween pillows were designed and made by me…..they have quotes that bring out some of my favorite feelings…like “Hocus Pocus”…my all time favorite Halloween movie.  I dressed up frequently as a witch for Halloween as a child, and even as an adult.  I made this killer witch costume a few years ago that I need to post.  It has a cape, and full black skirt.  Anywho!   I LOVE this time of year!  It’s beautiful and the air is crisp!   It feels like fall inside and outside my home…even here in sunny St. George Utah.

For outdoor decorations, I use lots of floral, leaves, and wreaths. Even in the outdoor lanterns, the leaves I added came from the Dollar Store (btw, I will have a DIY post on how to add lanterns to Jazz up the exterior of your home…we added these with Solar Lights).   Believe it or not, the floor garland on my gate is a bunch of old pieces of Halloween decorations I wired together.  For example, if you look closely you will see a bunch of mini pumpkins, that used to be a table centerpiece candleholder.  My husband cut of the metal candle holders with a saw, and we wired it to the outdoor gate. I have received so many compliments on it.  Don’t forget the Skeleton Wreath I made as well.  You can find that tutorial here.

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

Tips AND Tricks

  1. Blend In dollar Store Items—Save on Cost while adding detail to your look
  2. Set your Table—It looks sooooo beautiful to have a table set (now we don’t eat there every night.  We usually eat at the bar…but it is just lovely seeing it set.
  3. Use old decorations and blend them with new (like the garland I added to my outdoor gate, I also wired in some Dollar Store Signs).
  4. Add a banner or sign—I have a free printable version of my Halloween banner, and a tutorial on my Halloween sign. Check out those other posts here…. Adding a phrase gives feeling and emotion to your decorations.
  5. Don’t be afraid to try something new like making a pillow.  I have several friends who I have taught to sew pillows.  They are not difficult…even the zipper and piping is much simpler than you realize (maybe I will do a tutorial on a simple pillow in the near future….stay tuned).
  6. By a Frame and Add a printable ( I just designed this Fall printable for my LDS and Christian friends…and hopefully I will have some generic Halloween printable soon)…Buy a cheap frame and switch your printable out for the holidays.
  7. Add some Halloween Treats in a candy Dish…unless you can’t control yourself.  Believe me, I get it…every time I walk by I’m getting a snack.
  8. Dual Decorate for the Holidays–Orange looks good in October and November, so buy things you can use for both months…so do pumpkins and leaves.  Take a load off, decorating doesn’t have to be exhausting.
  9. Finally…BE YOU!   Do what looks good to you!, Use decorations that fit your personality,…if your are into gothic Halloween, do that…or Harry Potter types,…do that…country pumpkins…do that.  Just be you!

 

 



Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make


Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

This Halloween Wreath turned out amazing!!!! I was so happy with it that I stopped in the middle of making my own to make one for my sister for a birthday present–So you will find photos of her wreath and mine in this post.  I was inspired by a wreath my cousins made completely from dollar store items.  I built on their idea, but added more ribbon, deco mesh, and a crazy mad hatter hat for my dollar store skeleton.  I will also be posting their wreath as well in a later post.  All the wreaths are amazing.  The glitter mad hatter hat is my own design.  You can print the image below for the Mad Hatter Pattern/Template.   90 percent of my supplies came from the dollar store.  The deco mesh ribbon I got from Joann’s, and these are currently on sale for 50 percent off in the halloween section.  I hung the Halloween Wreath in my entry, right about my entry table.  It really stands out.  This was an easy craft that I worked on over a couple days.  You could easily get it done in one day, however I split it up to allow drying time for the glitter mad hatter hat.

Nearly everything came from the dollar store.  The skeleton, wire wreath, butterflies, clear bulbs, wide and thin rolls of ribbon, floral and craft wire–all from the dollar store.  Don’t spend a ton elsewhere.  You really can make a beautiful wreath from dollar store items.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.  I did buy the deco mesh at Joann’s because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of bulk, but other than that, you should be able to find all you need there.

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Supplies You will Need:

Wire Wreath

1 Roll of deco mesh ribbon–Burlap color

4 rolls of wide wire ribbon

2 rolls of 1 inch wide ribbon

floral wire

craft wire

1 piece of cardstock for Mad Hatter Hat

clear Christmas bulbs

Assorted Scrap book paper to fill Christmas bulbs

Glitter

Wood Sign with your favorite Halloween Phrase

Skeleton, butterflies, owl, and any other crazy halloween decoration you want to add.

Mod Podge

  1. Cut the burlap colored deco mesh into strips, and make each strip into a roll (roll it up like a sandwich wrap…you know…the ones you eat).   Then in groups of three, wire those rolls together.  Then take the bundle of rolls, and wire them around the outer edge of the wreath.
  2. Take the ribbon, wide and 1inch and cut into pieces varying 6-10 inches, tie the center with wire, and wire the ribbon in (see the photo, you want the ribbon to form a v-shape with both sides facing up…wire it in.)
  3. You can also form rings out of the wide ribbon (see photo), and wire in the rings.
  4. Be creative, fill in gaps with ribbon rings, or ribbon “v”s.    Make sure you cut the ends of the ribbon so they have a pretty v-tip.
  5. Cut 1 inch strips of scrapbook paper, roll up the strips, fill the bulbs.
  6. Take thick craft wire, wrap it around a marker or something thicker than a pencil, form a spiral–then slide off the wire, and hot glue a black butter fly to the end.
  7. Follow instructions for mad hatter hat below.
  8. Hot glue mad hatter hat to skeletons head, attach skeleton with wire, bulbs with wire, and wood sign with wire…also use whatever hot glue may be necessary to do this…glue wire if necessary to the back side of your sign, then attach it to the wreath.

Be creative!   This is your wreath.

Directions for the mad hatter hat:

  1.  Cut out pattern…you should have 4 pieces–The tall cylinder part, the top circular part, and two pieces that are the brim.  The tabs around the edges of the pattern are just for extra support for gluing to support each piece against the next.
  2. USE HOT GLUE.   First Hot glue the cylinder part together, beginning at the lower half first (use the brim as a guide for size.  Don’t glue the cylinder too skinny, or the brim will have gaps).  Then use the top piece as a guide for the upper part of the cylinder, if you glue the top too narrow (you can trim the top down if this happens).
  3. So, apply the top piece to the cylinder, and then glue both brim pieces together, and then apply the brim to bottom of the cylinder…..there are two pieces for the brim just to add extra stability.
  4. Coat the outside of the hat with mod podge completely and evenly, and then sprinkle it with glitter (I prefer extra fine glitter…it looks better).  Don’t touch it at all after  you apply the glitter or you will mess up the glitter.  Let it dry on a bottle.

*I may end up doing a video tutorial for this eventually.  It’s really not that hard, but easier to explain in a visual.   I made the pattern for the hat myself on my computer.  I’m no mathematician, so it’s not perfect, but it still makes a good looking hat.

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Party Idea

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Activity Idea

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Activity Idea

We had so much for doing this as a Relief Society Activity last year, and everything turned out so cute. This is how long it’s taken me to get this posted.  Like I said, I have lots just waiting to hit the internet.  This would also be a great idea for a winter or Christmas party! First off, everyone wore the pajamas! This was the best part about it. We had two different crockpots of hot chocolate and also a pot of Hot Cider! We also decorated the backdrop with my Christmas Banner that I made, and I used my silhouette cameo to cut cute labels for all the different toppings. It’s great to get a little creative with the toppings. One of the sisters made chocolate covered marshmallow stirrers with candy cane striped straws.

For the Activity, all the sisters brought a plate of cookies to share, and at the end we ended up doing a mini cookie exchange with what was left. I got to try a few different cookies that were absolutely delicious. There were these tiny, raspberry jam thumbprint cookies that one of my friends made. I will be posting that recipe. They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Notice the photo with the rocking chair and the books…. The Committee, after everyone got their Hot Cocoa and Cider, took turns in the rocking chair and read our favorite Christmas stories. I shared a new story that I had received that year as a gift from my mother-in-law. It was a book about Santa, and the history of Santa Claus…how he became a Saint, and what he did for the people. It shared the symbolism between him and that of Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful, fun night!

I remember I almost didn’t make it that night to the activity…I had been sick all week with food poisoning, and then one of my kids got sick the day-of just as I was recovering…I had no one to watch my kids, and I couldn’t bring a sick child with me…Out of no where, I get a phone call from a friend (she drops off a meal), and another friend sends her daughter over to babysit. I had some good friends there that pulled in some favors I didn’t even ask for…I wouldn’t have been there without them. Anywho!!! Hope you can pull some good ideas from this activity. It sure was fun!


Step Into Fall…Halloween Mod Podge Wood Craft Sign

STEP INTO FALL…Halloween Mod Podge/Decoupodge Wood Craft Sign

Step Into Fall…Halloween Mod Podge Wood Craft Sign

Okay….it’s that time of year again!!! I love fall because I love HALLOWEEN!!!!! It’s my favorite holiday!  One of my cousins introduced me to a wood craft shop here in Saint George…btw, if you haven’t heard, I moved.  It was a fast move and I haven’t touched my blog in months, but I promise, I will update all of that very soon!   The woodcraft stores in Saint George are TheWoodConnection.com  and WoodCreationsCrafts.com–one of these stores is dangerously close to my house.   I’ve already been to both of them.  They are both great!   The craft you will see today has wood supplies from Wood Creations.  The scrapbook paper came from Joanns.  I already have tons of scrap book paper to last me a lifetime…So….plan on seeing more Halloween crafts out of wood from me.   This craft is my own design.  I just pieced together some of the wood cutouts I found at the store and created my own design.  You can choose from their designs, however, I have stuff in my head that I have been dying to make for years.

I love the halloween quote I used.  I found it on Pinterest.com, and I have been saving it for several years and planning to do SOMETHING with it.   Well here you go….I love this design!  It turned out awesome!  I hope you will be inspired to make your own.  On a side note, this is a dual sided sign.  On the backside I put a Thanksgiving quote.  So when thanksgiving comes, I can minimize all the work it takes to take down decorations and put new ones up.

DIRECTIONS FOR CRAFT

You will need:
Modge Podge
Paint Brush
Scrap Book Paper
Acrylic Paint/Craft Paint
Wood Box and Wood Banner Cuts, Wood Knobs, and Wood letter “H” for decoration
Glitter
Vinyl Quotes
Rhinestones for Bling
Wood Glue

Directions:

1. Mix your acrylic paint with water…about 6 parts to 1 part. Paint the entire box, knows, and wood banner pieces with the water/paint mixture and allows to dry. Apply as many coats as you desire. Allow to dry.

2. Line your your box with scrap book paper. I used two different color schemes…newspaper print, and black and brown pattern. Coat backside of paper with Mod Podge first, and then line the box. Allow to dry completely before coating the top of the paper with Mod Podge to seal it. This will prevent bubbling.

3. After the paper coat dries, add the wood banners. I used regular wood glue to glue these pieces down. Then coat with mod podge to seal.

4. Glitter “halloween” and “knobs”. Use a coat of mod podge and then sprinkle with glitter (glitter pieces go on last, and they do not need a coat of mod podge over the glitter. If you coat the top of the glitter with mod podge, they will lose their sparkle.

5. Add your vinyl phrases. Add your glitter pieces. Then bling out with rhinestone pieces.

That’s it. I did all this over a couple days. To allow drying. It is easily possible to do it all in one afternoon.



FREE Printable Pumpkin Fall Halloween Tags

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN TAGSprintablepumpkintags
FREE Printable Pumpkin Fall Halloween Tags

This is another free printable for you! I recently made these tags for a Relief Society Activity at my ward. I cut them out and put them on mason jars wrapped with ribbon. We used the mason jars for conversation starters. These free printable tags would be great to use on plates of cookies you deliver to your neighbors and friends during the holiday season as well. Be creative!!! I will try to post a few fun cookie recipes later on if I get the chance. Please send me pics if you use these tags….I would love to share it on my blog. Happy October!!

FREE Printable All Hallows Eve Banner

FREE Printable All Hallows Eve Banner
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FREE Printable All Hallows Eve Banner–A Spooky Mantle Piece
Who loves Halloween????  I do.   This is one of my favorite paper crafts I have made to date.   It is so much fun! It is my own personal, custom design printable banner–and it’s FREE.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  I made this All Hallows Eve Banner a few years ago, and I had so many friends ask to make one, that I have decided to put together a custom, designed printable version. I would suggest that you use a heavy weight cardstock to print the banner, and also I would have it printed at a printshop so you have the highest quality. Just cut it out, and hot glue it to some ribbon, or punch holes in it, and draw the ribbon through.

Please send me pictures if you end up using this printable banner…I would love to post them on my blog.

THERE ARE 5 PAGES…CLICK HERE TO PRINT EACH PAGEprintableallhallowsevebanner1printableallhallowsevebanner2printableallhallowsevebanner3printableallhallowsevebanner4printableallhallowsevebanner5

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

This is a banner one of my friends made. It turned out amazing, as did her mantle. She custom designed her wreath as well. I love all the fun colors she used!

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve bannerThis is the All Hallows Eve Banner I made for my fire place.  I love it! It has on electric feel to it.

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

This is another upclose of the All Hallows Eve banner my friend made. She used different colors than I did! Hers turned out beautiful. The printable banner will have slightly different backgrounds because we used assorted colors of card stock paper from Joanns to complete these. Please be sure to send me a pic if you print your banner…I would love to post a picture of the printable version on my website.

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O Holy Night Banner

O Holy Night Banner Free Download

O Holy Night Banner

O holy night paper banner

My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night,” and not just any version of O Holy Night, it is David Foster’s rendition sung by Michael Crawford.   If you have never heard this version of “O Holy Night,” it is an absolute must!  I always get the chills when he sings the final lyric “Noel.”  He hits this amazing high note, and there is a children’s choir singing in the background.  It’s been my favorite Christmas song since the album was released, which I believe was well over 10 years ago, so I don’t think I plan on finding a new song.  So, naturally, I had to make a banner for my mantle that was personal to me.

This is a one of a kind banner!  I designed the graphic file myself, and I used my Silhouette Cameo for cutting.  I am including a free downloadable cut file so that you can make the banner at home to display for the christmas holidays.  Make sure you “select all” and size the graphic all at once.  For each finished circle, I chose to size mine at around 5 inches in diameter.  I wouldn’t recommend going much smaller than that.

Here is the free PDF Oholynightbanner.   Select all, and copy and paste into silhouette software.  Select trace button, trace the images, and click trace and detach.

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cardstock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought my cardstock for half price at Joanns.   I selected cardstock over lighter weight scrapbook paper because it cuts cleaner on my machine.   I used four sheets of the plaid, 4 sheets of the green polka dot, 4 sheets of the cream stripes, 2 sheets of red glitter, and 1 sheet of black.

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cut cardstock for banner

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how to fold pinwheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once all your paper is cut, you will want to start folding your pinwheels on the seams like an accordian.  Its a lot of folding, but the 3 dimensional look on the banner is well worth it.

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Pinwheel pieced together

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pinwheel gluing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It will take two pieces to make one pinwheel.  Hot glue them together on both ends.

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hot glue pinwheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay it flat, and fill with hot glue.  Top it off with one of your cut circles, and hold it in place until it dries.   I like to do the backside first because its okay if it ends up looking a little messy.

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Hot glue front of pinwheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then flip it over, and glue the other circle on.  This is the front side, and it looks a lot cleaner.

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foam stickers on banner, dimension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted my green layer to pop out a little so that the banner has nice dimension.  So, I added these foam stickers on the backside.  I double stacked the stickers–using a total of 8 on the back of each green circle. You can purchase these foam stickers at Joanns.

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layered paper, foam stickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo shows the dimension.

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glue letters with offset background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glue your glitter letters on top of the black backing.  The black behind the letters makes them pop!

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finished paper banner pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, glue the layers all together, and string ribbon through the green loops and the snowflakes.  A little tip:  I start from the center of the ribbon and work my way out.  So, for example, I string the letter Y, and the snowflake into the middle first, and work my way outward.  This helps prevent tangling and tearing.   Once you string the circles and snowflakes on, you want to move them as little as possible.

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finished O Holy Night Christmas Paper Banner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture of the finished product!  Check back in to TheEverythingHousewife.com to see my Glowing Reindeer Ornaments!

 

 

 

Christ the Lord Free Printable

Christmas Is about our Savior, Christ the Lord– Free Printable

Free Christmas printable, free download, Christ the Lord

Free Christmas printable, free download, Christ the Lord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the opening of this holiday season, I try to keep in mind what Christmas is truly about. I have a decorative plate that my mother-in-law gave me that I display every year that says, “The Magic of Christmas is not in the presents, it’s in His Presence.” Nothing rings more true! I know that the Christmas season is so much more meaningful to me when I am focused on my Savior. I can truly feel a flood of emotions when I think about who He is…Wonderful, Redeemer, and Lord of Lords.  Those words are so powerful, and yet, they are just words. We truly cannot comprehend the magnitude of His mission, but the Christmas season is certainly a time that we can reflect on everything He was and is.

I had a lot of fun making this printable…and I even shed a tear or two as I reflected on these words. This is a free download from this link ChristtheLordPrintable1.  I have a large decorative, white frame that I like to display my printables in. I display the frame where it can be easily seen, and as the year passes, and the holidays change, I just switch them out. It’s a great way to decorate your home while also displaying a thoughtful message. I hope your home is filled with reminders of what this holiday season is truly about!

A New Baby and a New Stocking

A New Baby and a New Stocking Tutorial

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Christmas Stocking How to, Tutorial, Quilted

Stocking Tutorial, How to

With each child born, every Christmas I am left with the task of making a stocking, and as the years have passed, you can look at our fireplace mantle and see how my sewing skills have improved. Each stocking gets better than the last….and each new stocking is always completely different than the last! This stocking was made for our newest addition, baby Alora! The tutorial is below, and it includes step-by-step instructions to creating your own Christmas stocking, along with my FREE 10 page PDF Christmas Stocking sewing pattern you can download here:  Christmas stocking sewing pattern

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Free Download Stocking Pattern

Check back in the up coming days on TheEverythingHousewife.com for my Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial!

 

To begin, print out the FREE Christmas stocking pattern download, and piece it together. You will need approximately 1 ¼ yards (assorted colors) of fabric for your stocking,  in addition to additional fabric for bias tape and a ruffle, and heat bond for applique decorating.

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Assorted Christmas Fabric, Stocking Fabric

Cut assorted fabric colors for the front of the stocking.

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Pattern Cutting, stocking

For the lining, fold your fabric in half, and cut. You should have two pieces that are mirror images of each other. (Please note that I pieced two pieces of the fabric together from leftover scraps to make my lining)

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Stocking Pattern Lining Cutting

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Fabric Lining Stocking

For the back of the stocking, you should flip the pattern piece over and cut. This will give you a mirror image cut of the pieced-front of the stocking.

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Cut Mirror Image of stocking

Sew pieced-front of stocking together with ¼ inch seams. Then press the seams with a hot iron.

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Sew Stocking Pieces together

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Press Seams of Stocking

Now its time to decorate the stocking. I used bais tape, and appliquéd an “A” for Alora using heatbond. Here is my tutorial for the bias tape: Bias Tape Tutorial

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Bias Tape Video Tutorial, how to

I applied heatbond to the back of some red fabric, and then cut out the letter “A” with my Silhouette Cameo.

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Heat Bond

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Iron Fabric to Heatbond

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Fabric Cutting Silhouette Cameo

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Applique Letter Silhouette Cameo

Here is what the finished decorated front looks like.

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Quilted Pieced Applique Stocking Front

Now its time to sew the stocking pieces together. Layer,first, the backing of the stocking right side up, followed by the front piece of the stocking faced down, then place the batting on top. Then layer the lining pieces….face the inside lining pieces, right-sides together.

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Sewing Stocking together

Sew around the edge leaving the top unstitched.

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stocking pieces sewn together

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A new baby and a new stocking Continued…

Turn the pieced-stocking inside out, so that the batting is inside. Then stuff the lining inside the stocking.

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Stuff Lining in stocking

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lining stocking

Pin and sew your ruffle to the top of your stocking

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Pin Ruffle to stocking

Here is a tutorial for making a ruffler…

 

 

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Bias tape, binding stocking

Open your bias tape, and pin it to the inside lining, then stitch around

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sew binding to stocking

Fold bias tape over the raw edge to the front of the stocking and pin in place, then sew it in place.

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fold over and pin bias tape

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sew binding on stocking

To make a loop for hanging the stocking, Take a 7 inch piece of bias tape, make a loop, and sew it on the inside of the stocking.

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sew loop for hanging stocking

Congrats! You’ve complete a beautiful homemade Christmas stocking.