Clockwise from top left: traced letters (and Chinese characters) in reverse on fusible webbing get ironed into place on stocking pieces; then the letters are cut out “in reverse,” with negative space pieces reserved for ironing on (like the circle in the lowercase letter “d”); a colored-felt piece is ironed on top of the cut out; and voila! a reverse-applique is born
My soon-to-be nephew’s name is blurred out because he’s not coming until March (shhh)
In the end, I made 11 stockings in all for all of my extended family members. I used light gray and white glitter felt so that I could choose almost any color for the lettering and make it pop. For my sister’s family, I used her and her husband’s alma mater’s colors. For Casa del Gravy, I went with a pink-green-yellow-blue multicolor theme to echo the colors of multicolored Christmas lights. My parents (the Chinese characters you see are “Gong Gong” and “Puo Puo,” which are the names for grandma and grandpa) and sister got traditional red and green for their names. When the stockings are together, they look cohesive but with fun pops of color, and separately, each “household” has its own color scheme. All told, the project took me a few evenings to complete, but with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” blaring in the background, the time flew. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to sing with your eyes closed AND sew.
For more detailed instructions and another amazing example of these stockings, check out Teal & Lime’s tutorial here.