christmas stocking tutorial

December 8th, 2011

When I was a kid my brother and I used to love decorating for Christmas. We really went overboard covering everything in tinsel – but I think my favourite thing was my Christmas stocking. My granny made ours, and hand painted (ever so perfectly) our names across them and put little decorations and bells on them. They are honestly just gorgeous.

So being the sentimental fool that I am, I obviously wanted our kids to have something really special too. I (admittedly) probably went a little overboard with the details, but I really love how they turned out!

I made the first three a few years ago when Bunny was a few months old, and this year made a fourth for little Buddy (I didn’t make him one last year since we were in Australia for Christmas). I’m really glad I made the effort to have extra materials lying around for these, because I was able to keep things looking quite consistent. Though each one is entirely unique, I think they co-ordinate nicely!

Want to make one too? Here’s how!

Materials

I’ve been using a free Mccalls pattern for years and still love it – They have really great directions – but since i differed in quite a few instances i decided to do my own instructions too.

  • Main stocking fabric – I used Christmas fabric from Jo-Anns. It’s about $5 a yard, and you’ll only need 1/4 of a yard for one stocking or fat quarters
  • Toe, heel & hanging loop fabric – I one again used Christmas fabric from Jo-Anns. You only need a teensie amount for this. You could probably even just buy a fat quarter.
  • Lining fabric – 1/4 yard (not included in the mccalls version, but i like to use it.
  • Cuff – I used felt from Jo-Anns, but I think fleece would look just as good – or else you could use the Christmas print fabric like for the Toe, heel & loop.
  • Interfacing – I like my stockings to be fluffy. So i ┬áinterlined them with felt, you don’t need to do this, you could totally leave it out – otherwise things like felt, fleece, quilt batting or interfacing would work nicely to stiffen up and fluff up your stockings
  • Decorative details – I use a little green felt to make leaves, I also bought some bells and glitter glue to write everyones names on
Make it!
Cut out all your pieces, and make sure they are ironed.
Fold in the seam allowance on the toe and heal pieces and iron flat.
Pin them to the front of the stocking, and then topstitch. I used gold thread!
For the loop instead of using ribbon as they suggested, I used the same fabric as for hte heels and toes. I cut a rectangle 2.5″ by 8″. Folded it in half and sewed down the length of it 1/2″ from the raw edge. Then turned it the right way round and pressed.
Now take your two main fabric stockings and place them right sides together. Then place your fleece/felt/batting fabric on either side, pin and then sew 1/2″ from the raw edge. Turn the stocking the right way round.
Place your two lining pieces together with right sides facing each other and sew 1/2″ from the raw edge. Then place the lining inside the stocking.
Turn the stocking inside out, and pin the loop to the top edge. I like to place mine on the heel side, slightly towards the back of the stocking (it seems to hang better that way)
For the cuff I cut a rectangle to be 10″ x15″. Folded it in half width ways, and sewed 1/2″ form the raw edge. Then i folded it down encasing the raw edges, and making sure that the seams lay flat.
Place the cuff over the stocking so that the raw edges match up. Pin and then sew 1/2″ from the raw edge.
Turn the stocking the right way round, then fold down the cuff to enclose the raw edges.
Add some decorations! I cut green leaves from felt, and sewed them on by hand along with some bells. I call them mommy’s stocking alarms – since if they’re ringing I know someone is peeking!!!
The very last thing I did (not pictured) was to write all our names in gold glitter glue. I really love how these turned out!!!

 

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9 Responses

  1. Pam Speak says:

    These are seriously so gorgeous! I don’t have a mantel piece but as soon as I do I’m going to make these!

    Pip pip!

    Pam (Geek Chic)

  2. Very cute tutorial and result! When I become a mommy I want to be just like you ;)

    Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas and mine is made by my grand-mother too, it has little dwarves on it, he he!

    Happy Holiday Megan!

    Virginie ?

  3. Rachel W. says:

    Really cute stockings! I should make us some!

    What really caught my eye in these photos, though, was the little holly garland strung across the wall in the background! It’s too adorable for words.

  4. Deborah says:

    you need to clip your seams along the curves so you don’t get that puckering! That’s pretty basic technique. O_o

    • Meg says:

      You’re absolutely right! I graded the seams down quite a bit thinking that would do the trick, but it definitely didn’t work as well as I’d hoped :) Ah the benefit of hindsight i guess!! XOXO

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