Pub: C & T Publishing
Pick your project then pick your block: mix and match 8 super-easy projects with 16 adorable paper-pieced blocks just for Christmas. Simply follow Mary’s clearly illustrated instructions to create fun and fresh holiday blocks with whimsical designs. Plus, use her time-saving technique for paper piecing with less waste to create custom winter decor ranging from tree skirts and table toppers to gift bags, mug rugs, pot holders, and more.
I know it’s a little early to mention the ‘C’ word but us crafters start early.
Preparation is key and making sweet little projects such as the ones in this fabulous book will make your Christmas not only amazing but fun to.
There are 8 projects from tree skirts to table runners, and 16 paper pieced blocks, such as Father Christmas, elves and snowmen to adorn your handiwork. There is something for everyone, so no one will feel left out.
This bright and colorful book has easy to follow instructions and block templates. With advice on cutting and the actual paper piecing, even if you have never done it before, you simply cannot go wrong.
Mary Hertel has put together a book full of inspiration and with ideas for decoration to your projects, you can guarantee that all your projects will be beautiful.
I chose to make a Christmas Stocking.
The projects come with templates which you have to trace onto paper.
I also trace a block pattern, this is for the center of the stocking and you can chose whichever block you desire. They are all designed to mix and match.
The best thing about this project was choosing the fabric. There is something special about Christmas projects that makes each make delightful.
I hand stitched my paper pieced block together, but you can sew this on a sewing machine. I like the quiet of paper piecing,so just enjoy sitting and enjoying the process.
The block is then sewn to foot and the top of the stocking…simple
I added a pom pom for Santa’s nose and gave him button eyes. Make sure this attched very securely if a small child is going to play with this.
The inside lining of the stocking is made in the same way as the outer. BUT.. be careful of your fabric direction, as the top of the stocking needs to be folded over. ( see next picture). The fabric has to be sewn upside down in order for the fabric to be facing right way up.
The final stage is too add some bias binding to the edge of the stocking, I stitched this by hand. then fold over the top..see what I mean about the fabric direction??
One very cute Christmas Stocking.
It is big enough for some sweets or a small gift, and maybe you could add a name along the foot.
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