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Hexagon Christmas stocking SAL, week 4. Finishing the project

I can't believe that it is the final week of our Sew Along! I have been truly enjoying seeing everyone's progress and beautiful work. I have seen so much creativity in fussy cuts, color combinations, quilting designs and you all have put so much time and joy into this project!

There is not much left to do, just to join panels together, add lining and attach the binding!

Week 3 winner is Cari @muddle_and_grace with her incredible fussy cut hand quilted panel! She will receive paper templates for 1 block of her choice from @brimfieldawakening!

1. Lining

Place 2 pieces of lining fabric right sides together, pin the stocking template and trace it with a water soluble marker. Cut with 3/8 inch seam allowance. I pieced the lining, as I wanted to up-cycle the pillow cover I cut the embroidery from. Stitch around the traced line and trim the seam allowances to 1/4 with zig zag scissors. If you don't have zig zag scissors simply cut out small triangles around the curves.

If you do not want to bind the stocking, there is an alternative way of finishing. You can find tutorial here

2. Stocking exterior

First, we are going to secure our epp panels before cutting. Decrease stitch length to 2,0 and stitch around the exterior front and back panels 1/8" from the line of the traced template stitching back and forth on each seam. That double stitching will secure your patchwork and serve as a guide for stitching both panels together.

Cut the panels with 3/8 seam allowances.

Pin the panels right sides together and stitch 1/8" from the previously stitched line (the traced template line) towards the inside of the template.

Trim the excess of seam allowances to 1/4 from the first securing line.

Turn the stocking exterior right side out, reach inside and smooth all the curves with your fingers. Spray some water to remove the markings then give it a good press.

3. Joining exterior and lining pieces together

Take the lining piece (wrong side out) and insert it into the exterior piece (right side out), aligning the side seams and making sure that seam allowances on exterior and lining are facing the opposite directions to reduce bulk. Reach inside the stocking and make sure it is the lining sits nicely. Pin the pieces together at the top.

4. Loop for hanging

Take the 1 3/4 x 10 inches piece of fabric for the loop and iron it in half lengthwise wrong sides together, then fold the long sides once again in half towards the center.

Top stitch. Trim to the desired length. Fold the loop in half lengthwise and pin it to the back seam of the stocking, making sure the middle of the loop is right at the seam

Cut the piece for binding 2 1/2 inches wide and length of the stocking top + 4 inches. Iron it in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.

5. Attaching the binding

Pin the binding to the top of the stocking starting at the back panel, aligning the raw edges

Start stitching at approx 4 1/2 inches from the edge of the binding all the way around the top and stop at approx at 3 inches from the start of the binding strip. Stitch 3/8" from the edge. To strengthen the seam on the loop, stitch twice going back and forth-

Now align the unsewn part of the binding in a way that it overlaps at 2 3/4" from the beginning and cut the excess.

Place the short edge of one binding piece to the long edge having 1/8" on the left and top, pin and mark the diagonal line

Stitch on that line , cut the excess of fabric with scissors with approx 1/4" seam allowance and finger press the seam, fold the binding in half, trim the dog ears and attach it.

Iron the binding up from the right side of the stocking, then fold it to the back holding in place with clips.

Stitch the binding by hand to the backing.

Your stocking is ready! Yay!

I decided not to show my finished stocking here in this post but I will do it on IG instead😊

I am super excited to see your finished stockings!

Next Monday, November 23rd I will do wrap up of the Sew Along on IG and announce the winners. We have fabulous prizes:

- 3 packs of 1 inch finished laser cut hexagons from Liberty fabric to 3 winners (colors may vary) from Martina @ava_and_neve

- a delightful set of 3 mini makes (Teensy Pretzel Pouch, Chubby Granny Pinnie, Micro Needlebook) from Ali @arabesquescissors

Happy Stitching!😊

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