Welcome to the Night Before Christmas Stocking Sew Along! This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about joining my very first event of this kind. I’m really excited because I love this Christmas stocking pattern and the little mouse in the pocket too.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to English paper piece, how to do basic patchwork and quilting and how to sew with felt, then this pattern covers it all. And the sew along will bring you tips and tricks along the way, to help you achieve results you are thrilled with. I’d really love it if you could join us.
So who’s joining me for the sew along? There’s no need to sign up for this one. It’s my first one, so let’s keep it simple! Sew along, make new friends and be in the running to win weekly prizes too.
We’re sewing the ‘Night Before Christmas Stocking’. You’ll learn how to create a hexagon panel using the glue-basted English paper piecing method. Detailed instructions are included to sew the stocking with a quilted outer, front pocket, full lining, bound top, and hanging loop. It also details how to hand stitch that adorable little felt mouse! And if you haven’t tried anything like it before, it’s all easier than you think.
You might be an experienced maker, but love joining in with others. So I’m welcoming makers of all levels. I’ll be showing you how to sew the stocking using the methods I describe in the pattern. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go and change things up a bit and put your own spin on it. I can’t wait to see your creativity and the different way you approach this project!
The Sew Along will run over four weeks and each Monday morning a new blog post will outline that week’s focus.
WEEK 1 – 18th November Let’s get started by gathering supplies like fabric, felt and English paper piecing tools. You’ll also need the pattern. We’ll talk about fabric inspiration and more. See the blog post for Week 1 HERE.
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to @piwakawakapatch on Instagram for being selected as this week’s winner!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to @stef_andthefabricpieces on Instagram for being selected as the week 2 winner!
The team at Make Modern are sponsoring week 3 with a 6 month subscription to their wonderful modern quilting magazine. How terrific is that?
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations @muddle_and_grace on Instagram for being selected as the week 3 winner!
Candice from My Felt Lady has kindly offered a felt pack for our week 4 prize, which includes four sheets of 100% wool felt, and one of gorgeous glitter and metallic felt too.
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Bea from @onedaisyaday on Instagram. She’s the week 4 winner of the felt pack from My Felt Lady.
And for the grand finale, I might just have a special prize pack all of my own to share!
To be eligible to win prizes, you must share a photo of your progress on Instagram from your public account and use the hashtag #NightBeforeChristmasStockingSAL on your post. Boy, that’s a long one!
Each week I will select the winning maker. The terms and conditions for each week’s prize will appear on that week’s blog post. But all prizes are available to an international audience!
Join us here each Monday for a new blog post, starting on the 18th of November. Sign up to the newsletter to receive a weekly reminder. I’ll also be sure to share my favourite tips on Facebook. But most of the action will be happening over on Instagram. Be sure to follow along. It’s where I’ll be giving out the weekly prizes too!
The ‘Why’ might be an obvious thing – at the end of the sew along, you’ll have a beautiful stocking that you can gift to a friend or loved one (or keep just for yourself). But I’d love to chat about the not so obvious benefits of joining in too.
I don’t know a lot of people who sew. So being able to chat with other people about sewing (even if it is online) is so amazing to me. I love being part of a community of like minded people who understand why I can take so long to agonise over my fabric selection or why I struggle choosing just the right trim for a project!
I love taking time to sit and stitch. We’re hearing more and more about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. For me, sewing is a form of that. And anything that allows me time to sit and sew is soothing for the soul. I hope it is for you too.
Buy the PDF pattern HERE.
Look for stockists of the paper pattern (that comes with the 1.5″ hexagon papers included) HERE. Pay a visit to these Aussie shops for a copy of the paper pattern; My Felt Lady, Bayside Stitchcraft, Thread Botanica, Patchwork with Gail B, Fabric Garden, Care2Create and Patchwork at Homespun.
You can also visit these stores online; Raggy Dolls on Ebay.
SHOP OWNERS! Order the paper patterns for your shop (which include the EPP papers) via my distributor HERE. If you’re stocking this pattern or have great supplies for this project, be sure to contact me so I can let everyone know!
LIBERTY You can purchase a pack of 40 die cut Liberty hexies in rainbow colours from Ava and Neve, that have 2″ sides (and are made to fit a finished 1.5″ hexagon). Perfect, right?
KITS If you’d like to make the same version as the one on my pattern cover, My Felt Lady and The Fabric Pixie are selling full kits. But you can also buy the fabric only, if you already have the pattern.
Would you like to know more about English Paper Piecing or EPP? I use the glue basting method and share all my tips on this beginner’s blog post.
Do you sew with wool felt? It’s addictive! Here’s some Tips for Working with Felt. You might also like to know how I cut out wool felt and how I transfer my embroidery details to felt. In fact, let’s make it easy. Here’s the whole FELT Category!
Hope to see you soon!
Happy stitching, Lauren x