Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DIY Fleece Stocking Cap

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DIY Fleece Stocking Cap

This is an easy project and took me just under an hour to complete from start to finish. The original design doesn’t include tassels, but since I made this for my youngest granddaughter, I added tassels to the top and she loves it! For this project I used Rocket Red Polartec Classic 100, but Polartec Classic 200 will work fine just as well. 


Supplies used:
½ yard Polartec Classic 100 Fabric
Kwik Sew #2527 Pattern
½ yard Tracing Material -I use Sew-In Interfacing (Optional)
Ball point pen or marker
Scissors or rotary cutter
Cutting mat (for rotary cutter)
Ruler or Tape measure
Suggested Needle: Schmetz Stretch Needle 90/14
Suggested Thread: Maxi-Lock Stretch Serger Thread
Household Sewing Machine
Walking Foot attachment (Here’s a video on what a Walking Foot is/operates)

**This DIY project assumes you already know how to use your sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. If you don't, contact a sewing store for basic sewing lessons.


My Sewing Notes:




This project is of View C from the Kwik Sew #2527 pattern. Like most of my Kwik Sew patterns, I’ve had this pattern for years. It’s really easy to follow the instructions for this pattern. The pattern also includes different styles of hats as well as socks, headband and Balaclava. It's comes in Adults and Children sizes. JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores carries a limited supply of Kwik Sew patterns. Follow pattern instructions carefully.










Tracing Pattern pieces is optional. I trace pattern pieces because the patterns include different sizes. If I cut out just one pattern size, then I won’t be able to use the pattern pieces in the other sizes. If you don’t plan to use the other pattern sizes, just omit tracing and cut out the pattern piece. This will save you the time from tracing as well as the cost of tracing material. I used a ball-point pen and a marker to trace my pattern onto Sew-In Interfacing. While some seamsters prefer to trace their pattern pieces directly onto the fabric using a tracing wheel and tracing transfer paper, I personally prefer to trace the pattern pieces onto Sew-In Interfacing. I use Sew-In Interfacing for tracing because it’s inexpensive and very easy to see through.  Also, when using a tracing wheel to trace patterns, over time the pattern will tear along the traced lines.



Adding tassels to the top of the cap:
#1 Cut out 2 or 3 strips of fleece
#2 Before Step 2 of pattern instructions, pin tassels.
#3 Stitch and trim excess.


#4 Turn right side out
#5 Cut strips into narrower strips, then knot the ends.


**I know, in some of these photos the cap looks pink. But bright orange is its true color.






Maxi-Lock Stretch Serger Thread
Works perfectly with Fleece and knits. It’s stretchy and will have more “give” in stretchy and knit fabric than polyester threads. If you don’t have a serger/overlock machine, you can still use this thread. Just buy one cone and wind some thread on a bobbin to use in your regular sewing machine. If you’re finishing off the hem edge with double stitch, then wind the thread onto two bobbins.










Walking Foot
The Walking Foot  (aka Even Feed Foot) is an amazing sewing machine attachment! It equalizes the feeding of upper and lower layers of fabric so that the layers of fabric are evenly stitched with no uneven stretching or puckering. Not only is this attachment great on stretchy knits, but on slippery as well as heavy fabrics.





Suppliers/Resources & Notes:
Polartec Classic 100: The Mill Yardage LLC (New Hampshire)
For those of you who used to purchase cut pieces from the Malden Mills retail store in Lawrence, MA, this store provides cuts of Polartec Fabrics without the big minimums on runs. Only online sales are available, but you may pick up your order in person if you are local. And the owner, KK Gregory, is a former rock climbing competitor!

Kwik Sew #2527 Pattern: Kwik Sew (Kansas)

Apparel Sew-In Interfacing:  Joann’s Fabric & Craft

Maxi-Lock Stretch Serger Thread: Wawak Sewing (Washington)
Orders shipped from either their east or west Coast warehouses.

Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles
Any sewing store will have sewing machine needles.


My Sewing History
I spent many years sewing my own clothes….that’s what you did after your mom sent you to sewing lessons for the summer when you’re 14 years old. Over the years I handmade Halloween costumes for my daughters as well as prom dresses and figure skating costumes complete with beadwork all done by hand. Living just 12 miles from Malden Mills, I outfitted my family with handmade polar fleece jackets, pullovers, hats, gloves and pants. We still use polar fleece blankets that I had made years ago! And I even had a small biz selling Polar Fleece Skatewear to figure skating teams – I contracted a small manufacturing company in New Hampshire do to all the sewing in order for me to focus on the sales end of the business. I stopped sewing for several years but now am back at it again. This time for making my own outdoor gear to be used while out climbing and hiking!