Don’t you love it when a special textile finally gets a good home–
I’d held on to a vintage map of Virginia tea towel for years, because my sister raised her children there. Finally this Christmas I decided it needed to become a stocking for my grown niece who lives in DC.
Since the map was laid out horizontally and a stocking is vertical, I decided to cut and quilt my towel. The red and gray plaid from my stash added a festive tough, but the end result was too fragmented to read. (Can you say “busy” ) I fixed that by appliquéing a large piece of the towel across the center of the stocking to give the eye a place to read and rest.
Everything is stitched to heavy canvas using one of my favorite techniques–channel quilting. I serged the stocking seams, then straight stitched the bottom seam several times–stockings need to be strong. Be sure to leave extra canvas at the top to form a nice wide cuff.
Oh yea, the big red button is hot-glued.
The fabric was an Etsy find, part of a vintage “Our States Quilt Kit” that was never finished. I use old towels for padding in the center of the hot pad. Stripes on the back make great seam lines. These potholders are fun and quick to make!
One more tip: covering curved edges with bias binding is a lot easier than working with a square.
What about you? What special gifts did you make this holiday season? Please share.