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Christmas Stockings
Rachael Rowe

Search Press
8 June 2015/ ISBN 9781844489749
How-To Books/Sewing / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Nothing beats the fun of putting your own stamp on the Christmas preparations, so why not make your own stocking? There are eighteen to choose from in here, from wee ones making up an advent calendar to a huge toy sack, and you can embellish them in a number of attractive ways.

You don’t need a lot of sewing know how to make any of these stockings, and indeed some are even suitable for children or beginners. You only need the most basic of sewing machines and equipment. Some stockings are even made from (or include) felt, that most forgiving and novice-friendly of fabrics. The book begins with a section on how to make the basic stocking, complete with plenty of helpful photographic stages, plus a page about using fusible web for appliqué. The stockings themselves are pleasantly varied in both decoration and technique, and make the most of the range of Christmas fabrics available. There are Scandinavian stockings in red and white, one decorated with felt scallops, an appliqué snowman, baubles or trees, stripes, stars and more. Work with felt and/or cotton, embroider, appliqué, add trimming or even upcycle an old sweater. I had imagined just stockings for hanging up on Christmas Eve, but there is an advent calendar, party favor bag and stockings for just decoration too, a nice mix. The instructions are fairly easy to follow once you have mastered the basic technique, and all the patterns are contained at the back of the book in a pocket. Each project comprises a full page photo of the finished item, while opposite it are the instructions plus materials and tools list, the latter a nice touch. The result is a user friendly book that is suitable for all levels of crafter with cheerful, contemporary patterns.

If you cannot find a good range of sewing materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015