Making A Bucilla Stocking Series - My Initial Steps
So, you saw a GORGEOUS STOCKING and thought "OMG, I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE!!" or maybe you just saw a cute stocking and want something to do to occupy time during, oh I don't know, the worst pandemic in modern times! Either way, I am going to use my experience- the good, the bad and the ugly - to try and help you navigate the "making my own DIY Stocking kit myself world"...read on fellow crafters...read on....
There are a many factors that go into making a stocking worthy of hanging up for your Christmas! Below are some initial and very important first steps I take before starting any stocking.
The tips below are probably not in the Bucilla official instructions but these tips have helped me over the years! You can see my stockings in my store.
Before starting any of the tasks below I find a clean work place, I make sure it is free of drinks (the first time you spill a drink on your work will be the last time you have any form of liquid within two miles of your project, trust me on that) and I wash my hands before working with the felts. Oils from our skin will quickly ruin the white felt and leave marks that we will never get out.
1) I always iron my felt before doing anything else. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a gorgeous stocking only to see the back with a big ole fold crease down the back. Even worse is when the crease / fold is on the front of the stocking.
IRON - IRON - IRON - FIRST!!
I use an OESD Press Cloth between the iron and the felt (you can pick these up from any sewing center or online). They run about $6 and worth every penny!
2) I then quickly read all the instructions first (I read more thoroughly once I am finished # 5 below). You may be thinking why isn't that the first thing she does?! Answer - I like to see what is in the kit, what I am in for, that sort of thing, so I am make sure to iron the ones that are creased so that as soon as I am ready to rock and roll after reading the instructions I can just move along to beginning the project.
3) I do not cut anything until all the pieces are all sequined. It is harder to sequin pieces that have been cut due to the smaller work area of the piece.
4) I take pictures of the felt so that I have a record of what pieces are numbered, where. If you take a picture after cutting a piece of felt out and forget where it goes, you can simply refer back to your picture.
5) I am now ready to start adding the sequins. I always like to make sure that I have the correct needle threaded before starting. To do this, I simply take a bead out and see which need will go through it. That one will be my beading needle. I cannot tell you how many times I have spent threading the needle, getting the sequin and bead ready only to find out ...it's the wrong dang needle! ARGH!
6) Once I have everything sequined I move onto thoroughly reading the instructions. This allows me to see if I am going to have any issues coming up, are there words that need to be done? Such as in the North Pole stocking that require an outline stitch (or whatever stitch I would like to use for it) or stem stitch before being appliqued into place.
7) I embroider any words that need to be done and then I am off and follow the kits instructions to the letter.
8) I do not play around with the other instructions. I thought that I could short cut a stocking by doing "what I thought" was supposed to happen next...that stocking made its way to the trash heap. So, now I always follow the instructions, to the letter, after sequinning and embroidering the words (if any).
9) FACES - I never work on the faces without following the instructions in the correct order - see trash heap note above!
That's all I have for this edition...check back soon for my next installment!
How do you do your stockings?!!