GET INTO THE FES­TIVE SPIRIT WITH THIS QUICK-MAKE CHRIST­MAS BUNT­ING PROJECT

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - LITTLE TOWN - Michelle Roberts Michelle feeds her love for fab­rics and thread by mak­ing small, fun sewing pro­jects in her spare time! creativeblonde.co.uk cre­ative­blonde66

YOU WILL NEED

■ Print fab­rics: five (5) fat quar­ters

■ Back­ground fab­ric: one (1) fat quar­ter

■ One (1) pack of ¼in wide dou­ble fold bias tape

■ One (1) copy of the Stock­ing tem­plate

FIN­ISHED SIZE ■ 3yd length ap­prox.

CUT­TING OUT

1 From the var­i­ous print fab­rics cut:

■ Thirty two (32) 7in x 5½in rec­tan­gles.

2 From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Six­teen (16) 4in squares.

AS­SEM­BLING THE BUNT­ING

3 Place two print fab­ric 7in x 5½in rec­tan­gles RST. Place the Stock­ing tem­plate on top and draw around it, di­rectly onto the fab­ric. Stitch around the sides along the lines, leav­ing the top open. Trim, leav­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance (Fig A). Re­peat to make a to­tal of six­teen stock­ings.

4 Snip notches in the curves of the seam al­lowances, be­ing care­ful not to cut into the stitch­ing. Turn right side out and press (Fig B).

5 Fold each back­ground fab­ric 4in square in half. Sew ¼in from each short edge, stop­ping ¼in from the open edge (Fig C). Press each long open edge up by ¼in. Turn right side out and push out the cor­ners.

6 Neatly tuck the top of one stock­ing in­side the open­ing of one back­ground rec­tan­gle from step 5.

7 Top­stitch 1/8in from the edge to se­cure, back­stitch­ing at the be­gin­ning and end (Fig D). Trim the threads close to the stitch­ing. Re­peat with each stock­ing.

8 Pin the stock­ings at 5in in­ter­vals along the bias bind­ing, tuck­ing the cor­ners in­side. Re­mem­ber to leave a length of bind­ing at each end for ty­ing. Top­stitch

1/8in along the edge to fin­ish.

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