felt applique kits

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Embroidery Stitches 102

    In my last blog I talked about the embroidery stitches that are used in my Jolly St. Nick Bucilla felt applique stocking kit. They were the Straight Stitch, the Running Stitch, the Outline Stitch, and the Back Stitch.  Now, I’m going to talk about some more embroidery stitch used on Bucilla felt kits.

    In this blog, I’m going to illustrate the Satin Stitch, the Lazy Daisy Stitch, the Chain Stitch, and the Blanket Stitch.

     

    Satin Stitch

    I think of the satin stitch as sort of a “filler” stitch, because it uses many straight stitches to fill in a shape. For instance, the Melt Your Heart Bucilla felt stocking kit uses the satin stitch to create the snowman’s orange nose.

    To satin stitch, you start at one end of the shape, making straight stitches in the same direction and very close together so you do not see any felt between the stitches. You just keep creating straight stitches until the shape is filled with floss.

    Satin-Stitch

     

     

    Lazy Daisy Stitch

    The Lazy Daisy Stitch is often used to make a petal shape in Bucilla kits. It is used in the Nordic Christmas Tree Advent Calendar on the sleigh ornaments. If you search online, you can find many tutorials on making this stitch.  I am showing you only one way (which is also the beginning stitch of the chain stitch below).  I found that by making the anchor stitch that holds down the loop first, I can get a more accurate loop that covers the line printed on the felt.

    So, first create a tiny anchor stitch at the top of the petal shape. Then bring the floss up through the bottom of the petal shape, then slide your needle and floss through the anchor stitch to make a loop, bringing the stitch back down at the same point you started.

    Laisy-Daisy-Stitch

     

     

    Chain Stitch

    The Chain Stitch is making a line of Lazy Daisy Stitches that end up looking like a chain. The Sugar Plum Fairy Bucilla felt stocking kit uses a chain stitch as a white outline around the gingerbread figures. I know there are many ways to create a chain stitch, but I found this method online which works the chain stitch backwards. I think it is really easy, so I’m passing it along to you.

    Like the Lazy Daisy Stitch, begin by creating a small anchor stitch at the beginning of the line you want to embroider. Move your needle down the line and come up to start creating the petal shape stitches that make up the chain stitch. Slide your needle through your anchor stitch and bring the needle back down at the same spot you started. Next, move your needle down the line and come up to create the next petal shape stitch, trying to space the stitches evenly. For this stitch, you slide your needle through the last chain stitch you made, and bring the stitch back down where you started.

    Chain-Stitch

     

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    Blanket Stitch

    The Blanket Stitch is a decorative way to secure two pieces of felt together or to finish an edge. The stitch creates a line of floss that runs the edge of the fabric. Take a look at the Santa Bucilla Advent Calendar. This kit uses a blanket stitch along the edge of Santa’s beard and the pom-pom of Santa’s hat.

    To start a blanket stitch, bring your needle up through the top felt piece only (about a ¼ of an inch from the edge), so you can bury the knot between the two layers of felt. Loop around the edge of the felt and come up through both layers of felt (you are creating an anchor stitch). Now slide your needle through this loop, so you are starting with the floss strung through the loop. This is your anchor stitch.

    Next, bring your needle down through both layers of felt about a ¼ of an inch away and the same distance (about a ¼ of an inch) from the edge to start the next stitch.  The key to making the blanket stitch is to make sure your needle is IN FRONT of the loop you are creating when you pull the stitch tight. This creates that line of floss that runs along the edge of the felt seam. When you pull the stitch tight (but not too tight), your floss should once again be through the loop you made. Keep repeating steps 4 and 5, working to keep your stitches even. Remember to keep your needle in front of the floss loop when pulling your stitch tight.

    Blanket-Stitch

     

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    I’ve been working away at my Jolly St. Nick Bucilla stocking kit. It is fun watching the design come to life. I’ve done a bit of stuffing of the pieces, and I am learning the fine art of making my applique stitches evenly spaced. The nice thing about felt applique is that the felt is very forgiving. I have made a few mistakes, but I was easily able to pull out the floss and try again.

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    There are still more embroidery stitches to learn! I will keep on ticking through the stitches used in Bucilla kits.

    Kirsten

     

     

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Choosing a Kit

    Last year MerryStockings.com sold thousands of felt applique Christmas kits to our customers. This means there are many, many people out there who enjoy creating these wonderful, heirloom stockings for the people they love.

    My grandmother was one such person. Over 40 years ago she made me the stocking below, which has been stuffed full of surprises from Santa for many, many years. In fact, we often traveled for Christmas when I was little, and we never worried about Santa finding us because our stockings always went with us and were hung wherever we were on Christmas Eve. So my snowman stocking has traveled a lot, too! Every time I pull it out at Christmas, it reminds me of some wonderful memories, and it reminds me of my grandma and all of the special things she did for me.

    Kirsten Stocking

    Now that I have worked at MerryStockings (perhaps I have spoken to you on the phone a time or two), I feel it is my turn to learn the craft of creating these beautiful stockings. And, so, I am going to try my hand at creating a felt stocking over the course of the next few months. With each step in the process, I will create a new blog post in the hopes of creating a place where people can share their tips and post questions about creating felt stocking kits. I’m excited to hear from you all . . . I’m sure I will learn from you and I hope you can learn something too!

     

    Step 1 – Picking a stocking kit!

    How do you ever decide which stocking kit to make! There are so many designs in our catalog and on our website that it is hard for me to choose. I know some people enjoy thinking about the person they are making the kit for, and selecting a Christmas stocking kit that fits the recipient’s personality. We have sports themed kits, and princess and fairy kits. We have cute snowman and deer families, and more traditional Christmas designs that feature Santa. There are even some more whimsical designs like the Santa Gnome and Snow Garden. I have had the chance to see the kits as they come in to MerryStockings, and I get to see many of the pictures of the completed kits that our customers send to us. There are just too many good choices!

    Since this is my first try at constructing a felt stocking kit, I think I will pick a design with fewer details. I’m not sure who might receive the finished kit, so I’d like a more traditional theme. One of our customers recommended that I try either the Jolly St. Nick (BC10-414) or the Jack Frost (BC10-412) kits because they are good beginner kits. I’ve also heard that the Snowman with Lights (BC10-301) and the Gingerbread House (BC10-302) are fun kits to start out on.

    MerryStockings also carries a line of 16” Bucilla felt stocking kits (BC10-306 through BC10-317). These kits are smaller than the traditional 18” Bucilla stocking kits, and were designed to be a bit quicker to finish.

    All that said, I think I am going to take our customer’s advice and try the Jolly St. Nick Bucilla stocking kit. I like the rosy-cheeked, friendly Santa design and it seems to have bigger pieces on it (and not too much in the way of stuffing, I think).

    Jolly St. Nick

     

    I'm excited to start!  I know that some of you have been making these kits for over 40 years . . . I would love to hear about the first kit, or a favorite kit you've made!

    Kirsten
    MerryStockings.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Fabric Advent Calendars

    Great news! If you'll remember back a couple of weeks, I shared with you a darling advent calendar pattern. Many of our readers love these kinds of Christmas decoration projects because they are simple to make and yet add so much to the whole holiday experience.  Advent calendars in particular have become a preferred way for you and your family to count down the days until Christmas, and Merry Stockings did not want to be left out of all the hoopla. Sooo, we are now carrying fabric advent calendars on our website!

    The products that you'll see come in both non-religious and religious themes, so you are sure to find one your family will love. Take a peek at the 5 designs we're carrying brand new this year:

     

    Santas Workshop Advent Calendar

    Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar

    Holy Night Advent Calendar

    Holy Night Advent Calendar

    Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

    Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

    Nativity Advent Calendar

    Nativity Advent Calendar

    Dog Gone It Advent Calendar

    Dog Gone It Advent Calendar

    Tidings of Joy Advent Calendar

    Tidings of Joy Advent Calendar

    Every advent calendar comes with movable pieces, making these fabric decorations both utterly adorable and ingeniously interactive! No more questions about how many more days until Christmas....the little ones in your family will be telling you!

    Fabric advent Calendars are a perfect way to prepare for Christmas Day, and the best news is that each of the above designs have a reduced retail price. Click on the links below each one to be taken to the Merry Stockings website where you'll find full details!

  • Witch's Brew Halloween Wreath

    One of the things I love the most about Halloween is that it's a holiday for everyone. The littles get all dressed up, the bigs pull pranks, and even adults get a charge out of finding THE best costume for the annual neighborhood party. Somehow when we dress up in a disguise, we lose our inhibitions and end up having a blast. What's not to love about that?

    halloween wreathMerry Stockings, while primarily a Christmas stocking and decoration website, has got the most adorable Witch's Brew Bucilla Wreath kit for Halloween. The picture to the left here was actually sent in by a customer who purchased the kit and created the wreath! She did a fantastic job, don't you think? If you agree, head on over to Facebook and tell her so! You can find the post about D. Copeland on our fan page.

    It's always fun to add a few new decorations to our holiday collections, and this one is really fun. It's one of Bucilla's felt applique wreath kits, and just like the other kits they make, comes complete with everything you'll need to complete it. Hang it in a window or on the door where the trick or treaters will come 'a knockin', it's sure to be a hit!

    The wreath measures out to 17"  x 17" when finished, and the price is only $27.99, 20% off list price! You can grab yours on the Merry Stockings website right now. :)

    This will make a perfect early Christmas gift for that person in your life that really loves Halloween.

  • Christmas on the Farm

    farmlandThis past week I took a road trip to western Michigan. My husband was sent there on business, and since I had time off work I decided to join him for a few days. One thing I have always loved about road trips is riding through the country, seeing the roots of American life played out on farms everywhere. In our modern society where we think of beef wrapped in plastic from the meat counter, there is something charmingly primitive about seeing cows grazing on the hillside with the silo and barn as the backdrop.

    It is with this nostalgia that I present to you a brand new Bucilla stocking that we here at Merry Stockings designed ourselves! Bucilla is still doing the manufacturing of course, but we are so excited to offer to you this limited release, completely exclusive felt stocking kit with pure American love in our hearts.

    Christmas on the farmIn this unique and fun felt applique stocking, Santa is clearly working the family farm on his personalized tractor.  In true Christmas style, a green wreath with a cute red bow lights the way, and everyone'll know it's him by his license plate! And, we just couldn't leave out the silo, the barn and all the other adorable details! You can even modify some parts, like the license plate with the person's name. If you are a John Deere loyal fan, replace the tractor color with green, too!

    This stocking is perfect for those who love the farm life.....or anyone else (ahmmmm, me!) for that matter. You can order it, of course, from the Merry Stockings website, and this exclusive stocking kit will begin shipping September 10.

     

     

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  • Bucilla Goes Fishing

    Fishing-Santa-Bucilla-Vintage-Stocking-Kit

    Do you have a junior fisherman in your house? Or even a junior fisher-woman? I have great memories of my son walking around the lake near our home with his fishing pole--a long, curved stick--wearing a real fisherman's hat and of course his boots. :) He'd gone fishin', simple as that! I may be a bit partial, but I do believe he was the cutest little boy around on those particular days.

    Imagine your little fisherman getting this stocking for Christmas! Decked out with all the necessary fishing gear, made complete with that adorable fishing "fly" on his hat, this stocking will be a sure hit for the little guy. This is a classic Bucilla stocking kit and has been discontinued by Bucilla, but Merry Stockings carries it as a part of our older vintage stocking line. You can get this charming stocking for 25% off today!

    The kit comes complete with beads, felt, embroidery floss, sequins, needle and of course your easy to follow instructions. The finished product is 18" and you can order it from the Merry Stockings website. The kit will ship out to you pronto so you can get started right away.

     

     

  • A Few More Wreaths

    It's about that time of year....the kids are heading back to school, soon the temps will be dropping into the cooler zone, and we'll all be pulling out the sweaters and flannel sheets.  I feel this bittersweet push and pull about the autumn season ~ I love it but I always hate to see summer end! Still, there is nearly nothing better than the comfy feeling of jeans and a sweater, sipping hot cocoa or maybe a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

    fall wreathAutumn conjures up thoughts of beautifully colored leaves, pumpkins, bales of hay, crisp temperatures against blue skies, and even sunflowers...just like this cheerful wreath. Yes, Merry Stockings is proud to bring you a little fall decor despite the fact that we are largely a Christmas site....see, we just can't resist this lovely season!  Besides, it is the precursor, the warm up for what lies ahead.....Christmas!!

    This is the newly released Bucilla Fall Harvest Wreath, and will adorn your home while you are busy making gifts, shopping for gifts, planning holiday gatherings and parties, and even making  Christmas decorations. This lovely decoration can be proudly displayed from the early fall months all the way through Thanksgiving. That's 3 months! It's a very pretty and practical choice, don't you think?

    It's also a great value, because right now you can pick up this Bucilla kit for 29% off list price for just $24.99 on the Merry Stockings website. The kit, like most that Bucilla puts together, comes with everything you'll need to complete the wreath, and the finished size is 15" x 15".

    owl wreathIf you want something a little more spirited, how about the Bucilla Owl's Harvest Wreath Kit? It's pretty adorable! Same specs on this kit as the Fall Harvest Wreath, and you can pick it up for 20% off list price for just $27.99.

    Something tells me we aren't done with wreaths. :) They are the quintessential, universal decoration for the home!

  • Bucilla Christmas Toys Wreath Kit

    I don't think there's a little boy alive that, at one time or another, hasn't asked for a drum set. Every year when we asked our boys to make their Christmas lists, a drum set appeared on at least one of those lists. My husband and I would look at each other, slightly grimace, and see what else their little active boy minds were dreaming of!

    Christmas Toys WreathI think drums and trains and candy canes are nearly synonymous with Christmas for kids, and of course Bucilla (and Merry Stockings) knew this when they designed this adorable Bucilla Christmas Toys Wreath Kit! We've talked before on the blog about how some Christmas decorations are such that you can get by with leaving them up longer than just the Christmas season, but this here wreath is definitely not one of those!

    Ice skates, presents, snow flakes, snowman, Santa, trains and candy canes deck out this very fun and sweet wreath, and following the included instructions (in 3 languages no less) will have you secretly smiling while you make it. I mean, it's pretty hard thinking about these cute and very traditional symbols of childhood and Christmas and not smiling, no?

    This Bucilla Christmas Toys Felt Kit comes with everything you'll need to complete it. The finished size is 16' x 16" and will liven up any door...or wall...or banister even! You can feel good about the fact also that this kit, like most other Bucilla kits, is made right here in the United States . . . you'll be supporting a homeland business. Does it get any better than that?

    The price on this wreath kit, like the one we showed you yesterday, is 20% off on the Merry Stockings website and is listed for just $27.99. Order today so that you'll have a fun project to start just as soon as the kids go back to school in a few weeks!

  • Wreath Kits For You

    We've been spending quite a bit of time looking at some pretty cool wreaths over the last several week, not to mention delving into the history of this quintessential Christmas decoration. We also gave some basic instructions on how to make a live wreath, and then filled your brain with pictures of lots of unique wreaths to get your creative juices flowing.  I want to wrap up this mini wreath series and show you a couple of Bucilla kits that we carry on our website, Merry Stockings. I'm not saying we won't ever talk about wreaths again (of COURSE we will!), but I am really excited to share with you these fun, do-it-yourself kits that have become immensely popular.

    cookies wreathFirst up today is the Bucilla Cookies and Candy Wreath Kit! Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, this wreath really is 3 dimensional. What could be sweeter  hanging on your door than candy canes, gingerbread cookies and hard candies? You'll get all those along with those psychedelic round suckers in this fantastic kit. I am gonna bet my bottom dollar that the kiddos might even be willing to help out with this one.

    Do you have a crafty person on your Christmas list, someone who is hard to buy for? This sweet three dimensional felt applique wreath would make a fabulous gift too. Best part? It comes complete with everything you need to complete it. No last minute running to the craft store, it's ALL included:  stamped felt, cotton floss, sequins and/or beads, needles and even instructions in three languages.

    The Cookies and Candy Wreath kit is designed by Maria Stanziani and is made in the good ol' USA. Finished size is 15" x 15". The list price on this fun kit is $34.99 but you won't pay that at Merry Stockings. Order today and receive 20% off, paying just $27.99.

     

  • Elf on the Shelf Bucilla Wreath, Oh My!

    All this talk recently about wreaths, and I just couldn't leave out the ever popular Elf on the Shelf theme. This very adorable story has gone viral as they say, and is taking the Christmas world by storm. I did a couple of posts awhile back on the Elf on the Shelf, one on how Elf on the Shelf got it's start and the other showing the elf hard at work. If you missed them, take a short li'l joy break and check 'em out. You won't be sorry. :)

    _Elf-on-shelf-5-KOMerry Stockings simply will not be left out of all the hoopla around this great li'l guy, er elf. This is one of the infamous Bucilla kits, and if you aren't familiar with these little gem projects, let me introduce you. Meet the Elf on the Shelf Wreath Kit; you've got your candy canes, your holly, your stars, and then there's that famous li'l elf just chillin' out.

    Made from felt with beads, embroidery floss, sequins, a needle, and arriving with super easy to follow instructions, you may end up becoming a member of the ever growing Bucilla kit addicts fan club. :)

    The finished product is 16" x 16", and we'll ship this kit to you within 5 business days of your order. You'll have a ball making this, so why not order right now? You can find this Bucilla kit on our website.

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