The placemat this month is a stocking and will feature points both in the background as well on the sock. Kaye Wood always makes me laugh when she talks about "pointless people"! What she is meaning is how to avoid making points come together by adding a strip of fabric where they should. Kaye is a very neat and talented lady. I have learned a lot from her.
But this month we will be point-full people!!
Background fabric--1/4 of a yard of 2 different fabrics
1/2 yard of "sock" fabric
1/4 yard for toe, heel and crown
scraps for circles
1/2 yard for backing fabric
1/2 yard for stabilizer
What you need to do is to print off the pattern sheet located on the right side of this page found under "Links to my patterns". All the patterns are on one sheet and are color coded. You will need to draw out each pattern piece and attach the sock pieces together.
Background: Of the two background fabrics cut 3 squares of each measuring 6 1/2 inches.
Cut the squares twice on the diagonal
In the above picture; once I cut on the diagonal once, I place this triangle on my cutting board where it shows a triangle with, of course, the point up. The point is right on the cutting line, the sides are matched up with the triangle on the board. This is perfect for finding the second center of the triangle. Line up your ruler and cut.
I am using white and cream colors so it may be hard to see in this next picture, but lay out your new square alternating the colors.
Now lay the bottom piece on top of the left piece; right sides together (RST) and the right piece on top of the top piece RST. With the white on top (I will refer to my colors, so it will be what you have chosen in place of my white) sew down the right sides. All the seams will be 1/4 inch. I want to say at this point that a 1/4 inch foot really does come in handy for accuracy. Press seams to the darker fabric. Spraying with water and a hot iron will get a nice crisp seam. This is important for matching points.
Now lay those two piece on top of each other RST.
|When you lay these on top of each other each color should be opposite of each other.|
|When matching start in the center where the two seams are. The lines, from stitching should line up perfect. Pin there. Sew across but do NOT sew on your pins.|
|Now press to one side. Do this to all your squares. You should have 6 squares, 3 for the bottom and 3 for the top. Spray with water to make sure the seam is crisp.|
|Press both bottom and top.|
The back should look like the picture on the left and the top like the picture on the right.
Now lay out your squares they way you would like them. I alternated the colors. Shown here:
Sew three squares together for each row.
Sewn together, top of mat. It looks like I added a metallic tape to the top of the seams, but I didn't.
Bottom of mat
Now cut two 3 inch strip the length of the mat and sew one to the top and one to the bottom. And trim mat so that it is about 18 1/2 inches long and 17 1/2 tall.
Now cut out your other pieces for the stocking. And pin them in place.
Turn the points on the crown and the edges toward the foot on the heel and toe under and pin and stitch down. You can use a straight stitch or use a decorative stitch. I used the blanket stitch on these.
Once that is done with matching thread use the satin stitch on to sew down the rest including the circles at the end of the points.
Trim up the mat. It should measure about 18 1/2 inches long by 17 1/2 inches tall. Cut stabilizer and backing to match and bind in your favorite method. Mine is to put decorative threads in my serger and serge around the mat.
Here it is all done! Enjoy!
I want to wish you and your family a very Merry and Blessed CHRISTmas!!