Mini Hexie Stockings and a Recipe for Rice Pudding- Keeping Christmas in your heart all the year

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Advent calendar days 1 and 2 are done.

Day 1 and Day 2Inside Day 1 and 2

I used the inside of two different security envelopes to cover these boxes. I used a snowflake shaped hole punch to punch snowflakes from a chocolate bar wrapper. I think the red bow was from an ad in a magazine.

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The little flashlight was a give away from a heating company we did business with. All tucked up in the second box is a mini hexie stocking to hang on the tree.

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I like the way these turned out but, not going to lie, these were a bit of work.

This is how I made two mini hexie stockings.

Materials:

  • Scrap Christmas fabric with small prints
  • Template for 1/2 hexies
  • Scrap paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Christmas Stocking Pattern
  • Fabric for the back of the stockings
  • Fabric to line the stocking
  • About 8 inches of thin ribbon.
  • Patience
  • Rice pudding (optional)

Procedure:

I made 60 mini hexies using bits and pieces of scrap Christmas fabric. I used the half inch template printed out onto the back of recycled paper. I used a hole punch to punch a hole roughly in the center of each template. I’m glad I did as it made removing the paper very easy.

There are several tutorials out there on the web that show you how to sew a hexie, also known as English Paper Piecing.

Having a friend, like Margot from Clay and Cloth, make you rice pudding to snack on makes the process of sewing countless hexies a little less tedious. Thanks Margot.

Margot’s Rice Pudding:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice uncooked
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped craisins

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a crockpot. Cook about 3 hours on low  or until all moisture is absorbed. Serve warm or cold.

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Yum!

Removing the papers

Remove the papers very carefully.

I stitched these little hexies into a rectangle with alternating rows of 9 and 8 hexies until I had 4 rows of 9 hexies and 3 rows of 8 hexies. Once they were all sewn together,  I removed the basting stitches and the paper.

 

 

I used the Christmas Stocking Pattern and very, very carefully cut out two stocking from the hexies. After spending so much time sewing these, it was so hard to cut into them!

Using the same pattern, I cut out two from the backing fabric and four from the lining. Be very careful and check that all your pieces will face the way you want them to. When you look at the RIGHT side of the backing fabric the stocking will point in the opposite direction as the RIGHT side of the front (hexie) side of the stocking.

All the pieces.

 

Baste ribbon

Add the ribbon.

 

Cut 2 four inch pieces of ribbon to use as hangers. Fold one piece of ribbon in half and baste it to the top corner of the back piece of the stocking so that the loop faces towards the toe of the stocking.

 

 

Put one front (hexie) piece and one lining piece together with right sides facing. Sew along the top using a ¼ inch seam. Press the seam open.

Put one back (snowman) piece and one lining piece together with right sides facing. Sew along the top using a ¼ inch seam. Press the seam open.

Now, take the front pieces + lining and place it on top of the back piece + lining with the right sides together. Stitch all the way around using a ¼ seam but leave a section open so that you can turn the right sides out.

leave room to turn

Clip the inside curve

Clip the inside curve

 

 

Clip the inside curve at the top of the foot.

 

 

 

Turn right sides out and press. Sew the opening shut. I like to stitch mine closed by hand but now one is going to see it, so use your sewing machine if you want.

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Tuck the lining inside.

 

Push the lining down into the interior of the stocking.

 

 

 

 

All done!

All done

Ready to hang on the tree.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Mini Hexie Stockings and a Recipe for Rice Pudding- Keeping Christmas in your heart all the year

  1. Pingback: Advent Calendar Progress – Keeping Christmas in your heart all the year | hip roof barn

  2. Good grief! Those hexes are tiny! I’d say that was a labor of love, for sure. You are going to enjoy having such lovely decorations, or if they are gifts, they are going to be for someone very special.

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  3. Pingback: Keeping Christmas in your heart all the year – Advent up-date and a new stocking! | hip roof barn

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