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Christmas Illustration By Debbie Quinn
Christmas Cheer by Debbie Quinn

The holiday season is fast approaching and as always I haven't even begun to shop. I think it's the fear of crowds, long lines, and the prices of everything that keeps me from this endeavor. My children always want money so it makes it easier for me too.

 But I still like to sew for my younger grandchildren. The girls make the holidays so much fun and their excitement over opening presents lights up everyones eyes.

 

 

My wish for you is that you too will enjoy your holiday season. Remember to take time for yourself too and encourage the entire family to pitch in and help you during this busy season.

Happy Holidays to You!

 Debbie Quinn. 

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sewing for the holiday
Christmas Gift Card Stotcking

Make these fast and easy gift card holders for the holidays. Download the free stocking embroidery in your sewing machine's format and stitch away. Also download the PDF pattern and instructions. The techniques for applique  can be found on the page "March Newsletter". If you don't own an embroidery sewing machine, use the stocking drawing located on the pattern sheet.

 You may also prefer to use your own embroidery for this gift card. The size should not exceed
 3"W x 3 1/4"L. 
To create the fringe on the stocking. Finish the embroidery. Clip the bobbin thread of the large satin stitches at the top of the stocking, being careful not to cut the applique or decorative stitches. With a needle pull the top thread out gently to create the fringe.
 
For the Stocking Gift Card Holder you will need the following:
  • Stabilizer for your embroidery hoop
  • (1) 6 3/4"W x 4 1/2"L  rectangle of main fabric 
  •  (1) 6 3/4"W x 5 3/8" rectangle of Contrast Lining Fabric.
  • (1) spool  of matching thread for your project & rayon embroidery thread.
  • 7 " of 1/4" wide satin craft ribbon

 

 

Please encourage others visit my web site to download this project too.
Sewing Ribbon to Gift Card Bag

 Download the stocking design and embroider the stocking following the directions for the applique and fringe work in April's newsletter. Mark the fold lines of the pattern and sew the ribbon to the left of each fold line.

sew the contrast lining to the top

Position the lining to the main fabric with right sides together and stitch using a 3/8" seam allowance.

Fabric and batting layered in the hoop

 Press the seam allowances facing up.


loftier appearance add another layer of batting
 Fold the contrast lining to the back while maintaing a 3/8" edge  showing evenly along the top. Press. Stitch in the ditch between the two ribbons only.

fold under a hem gift stocking

Fold under a 1/4" hem to the wrong side of the contrast lining along the bottom edge.


Unfold the contrast lining's hem.  Position  the side seams of the lining and main fabric right sides together forming a tube and stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.

refold hem of the gift card holder
Match the center notch of the main fabric front to the center of the stitched seam right sides together and stitch across using a 1/4" seam allowances. Refold the lining's hem into it's pressed position. Turn the gift card to the right side through the opening in the lining.  

Gift tag opening stitched close
Turn the gift bag to the right side though the opened lining. Push out the corners gently with a point turner and press. Align the folded edges of the lining together and stitch across. Tuck the lining into the bag adjusting the contrast edge and press. Your done. Enjoy!