Christmas is in full swing! Right now the majority of the country has fairy lights twinkling and bauble adorned trees. Its all so beautiful. One thing that always gets forgotten about is the stocking, I’ve been using the same cheap ones I picked up from a mall in Cyprus (over six years ago!) This year, I thought it was about time they got an upgrade. And knowing i’m not alone in the abandonment of stockings I’ve made up a really quick tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make one.
So here’s what you’ll need.
- Fabric, two lots, i’ve gone with a traditional navy/green tartan for the main stocking with some left over fur from my fur collar tutorial for the trim.
- Fabric scissors
- Dressmakers pins
- small piece of ribbon, lace, anything you want to use as a loop to hang your stocking.
- An old stocking to trace round * Optional*
And here’s what you’ll need to do.
So first up, you’ll need a template. To make this I literally just drew around an old stocking I had in. if you don’t have an old stocking, you can just wing it, its basically a massive sock, not really an awkward shape to draw. You’ll need to leave about 1/2 inch around your stocking, this is your seam allowance, if you don’t your stocking will be much smaller than you wanted it.
So now, you have your pattern, you want to cut it out and pin it to your fabric, you’ll ned two pieces, REMEMBER you want fabric on the front sides of both, i’m okay because my fabric has a double sided pattern. If yours is only one sided, fold your fabric in half pattern side on the inside and cut away.
Now simply place your fabrics, pattern sides together and pin.
Sew all the way around leaving the top open.
And turn your stocking the right way out. You’ll notice it isn’t looking that crisp, this is easily rectified by running the iron over it, use a pencil or a trustily chopstick to turn all the curved corners out and give a quick once over. It’ll look miles better.
Now place your (trim) fabrics together (pattern side down again.) and sew down either side. My trim is 17″ wide and 8 1/2″ high. I wanted a really chunky fur trim though, so feel free to adjust to your tastes.
Keeping your trim inside out, pop your stocking inside. Its vital at this point that they are exactly the same size. Once snug, pin the top of your trim to your stocking fabric.
Sew the two together and turn your trim over.
Next its time to attach whatever you’re using as a loop, you can’t hang your stocking without it. I’ve gone for a grey polka ribbon. Simply fold over your looped ribbon.
You’ll need to pin it on the seam of the trim, before sewing securely. Do your backstitch, sew across, then backstitch again going back to where you first started. Repeat that step a few times. This will make it extra strong.
Thats it! Your handmade stocking is ready to hang and fill with goodies.
The little woman pretends.