How to Embroider a Festive Polarfleece Stockingcomments (9) November 15th, 2008
Stockings can add so much more to your holiday decorating than just hanging them off the mantel. This fleece and chenille stocking has already become a cozy home for one of my Boyds Bears, and it will hang on the inside of my front door from now until the end of January...sort of a kickoff to my holiday doo-daa! I made pastel stockings to hang from my daughters' bed posts all year long...a home for a surprise or treat to celebrate all kinds of stuff!
Embroidering on fleece is easy if you know how. The challenge with working with fleece is the nap of the fabric. Stitches tend to sink in and disappear. To prevent that, all you need to do is put a piece of wash-away stabilizer over the top of the area you are going to embroider. This allows the stitches to settle nicely next to each other and not get distorted. If you are going to embroider a design that has a lot of filled-in areas, you can use a piece of tulle instead of wash-away stabilizer. The tulle can be trimmed away from the outside edge after the embroidery is complete, but it will stay permanently behind the stitches, offering long-term protection.
To make my stocking, I chose a swirly design that does not have a filled area. These kinds of designs are perfect for fleece because you don't have to worry about the nap poking through! I got my design from Embroidery Online...I love the convenience of shopping for embroidery designs online—five minutes after I pick one out, I've already paid, downloaded, and imported it to my machine. If you want to use my stocking pattern, click here.
Here's what you'll need:
- Stocking pattern
- 1/2 yard fleece
- 1/2 yard lining fabric
- One 4 x 19-inch piece of contrasting fabric for cuff (I used chenille)
- Embroidery design of your choice
- Soft n' Sheer cuta-way stabilizer (such as OESD's Polymesh)
- Clear wash-away stabilizer (such as Sulky's Solvy)
- Embroidery threads of your choice
- All-purpose sewing thread
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