As a member of the Poppy Patch Posse, I get to review kits supplied by Poppy Patch and this festive kit arrived in the post a few weeks ago. This super kit includes the pattern for Vintage Stockings by Marg Low Designs - a selection of fabrics from the Oh What Fun! collection by Elea Lutz for Poppie Cotton - ric-rac trimming - and fusible wadding. The pattern includes full-size templates, that you can either cut out or trace, which is useful if you want to lay the template onto feature fabric for fussy cutting. Each of the stockings has a diffent feature - the largest size stocking has appliqued hearts on the front, which I made using the Apliquick method, although you can use whatever method of applique you prefer...
...the medium size stocking has an appliqued Chhristmas tree, and the smallest one is embellished with ric-rac trimming. The stockings are hand quilted around the cuffs, which I did using a red DMC perle thread. A hanging loop is attached between the body and the lining. The templates are printed with a seam allowance and a grainline, which is particularly useful when placing the template on striped fabric, such as the fabric I used for the medium sized stocking. The instructions for making up these stockings is clear and concise and they don't take very long to make at all...
...the toes and the heels of the stiockings are appliqued onto the body of the stockings, and are also hand quilted which is a lovely added detail. I used the fusible wadding supplied in the kit, which was fused to the wrong side of the stocking, before the lining was added. Having three different sizes in the pattern means they can be made for tiny little hands to delve into as well as bigger ones too...
...and here are the finished stockings - I've added a smart red bow to a twig for hanging them on, making it look very festive. Photpgraphed on a sunny autumnal afternoon, they look very jolly, and are ready to fill with all sorts of goodies and festive treats. These fabrics are so cute and as always Poppy Patch have put a fantastic kit together, and I can see lots more of these stockings being made as gifts for my friends for Christmas. Being a member of the Poppy Patch Posse encourages me to try patterns and fabrics from designers that I haven't used before, and I shall definitely look for more fabrics designs by Elea Lutz in the future, as this particular range has well and truely become one of my favourites!
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