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Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Christmas stocking tutorial

This Christmas Stocking tutorial was designed by Deborah Good of Pretty Goods

 

Materials 

The fabric for this project was kindly supplied by Makower UK.

1/2 metre main fabric – we used Makower Scandi  2360 S Star

1/2 metre contrast and lining fabric – we used Makower Scandi 2359 R Scroll

Trims and braids if you wish to decorate the stocking

Usual sewing kit

Pattern pieces: Stocking template 1Stocking template 2Stocking template 3 ; Stocking template 4

The finished stocking size is 18 inches long by 12 inches wide (at widest point).

You don’t need to add a seam allowance to the pattern, just use a 1cm seam throughout.

 

DIY Christmas stocking

Make the pattern and cut out your fabric

Print out the templates and join them together. You will need a lower stocking piece, a lining, a cuff, and a toe piece. Choose enough fabric to be able to cut two of each pattern piece. Making sure you have the fabrics doubled with WS together, pin on the patterns keeping the double ended arrow on the straight grain of the fabric. Cut out the pieces. You should now have two lower stocking pieces, two linings, two contrasting toe pieces and two contrasting cuffs.

Attach the toe piece and cuff

Lay the WS of the contrast toe pieces on top of the RS of the lower stockings, matching the notch, pin and zigzag along the inner edge. Remove pins. Pin the bottom edge of the cuff to the top edge of the lower stocking, RS together, matching the notch, and machine together with a 1cm seam. Press the seam upwards.

 

Free Christmas Stocking Pattern

Stitch front seam 

Now, put the front edges of the stocking, RS together, taking care to match the join between the cuff and lower stocking. Pin and machine from the top to about 5cm below the cuff seam only. Press the seam to one side, and turn over so that the right side is facing you.

 

Stitch a Christmas stocking

Sew on the trim and sew round stocking 

Stitch on your chosen trim/s to hide the seam line on the RS. Refold the stocking RS together, matching up the cuff seams and the toe pieces, and complete the stitching all round, leaving the top edge open. We left our stocking trim-free to let the fabrics shine but you can add as much as you wish!

 

DIY Christmas stocking

Snipping and turning

Snip into the seam around the curves of the stocking, that’s the instep, toe and heel, to enable the stocking to turn RS out easily. Take care not to cut the stitches. Turn the stocking RS out, rolling the seams out to shape the stocking and press it well.

 

Making the hanging loop 

Cut a bias strip, about 30cm x 4cm, from the contrasting fabric. Fold RS together, lengthwise, and stitch a 1cm seam. Turn through with a rouleau hook or a safety pin and press flat. Fold in half and pin the two raw ends either side of the back seam of the stocking, matching the ends to the top edge of the stocking.

Christmas stocking tutorial for beginners

Sew the lining 

Put the lining pieces RS together and stitch all round, leaving the top and a gap of about 10cm on the back seam open. Take the main stocking and insert it into the lining, matching the front and back seams of each piece together. If you slip your hand inside the main stocking, it is easy to then slide it fully down into the lining.

 

Free pattern for a Christmas stocking

Stitch the lining to the stocking

Match the top edges of the stocking and lining and pin together. Make sure the loop is tucked down between the two layers. Machine stitch all round with a 1cm seam. Now push the stocking through the gap in the back seam of the lining, pulling it all the way out, turning the lining RS out at the same time.

 

How to make a Christmas stocking

Finishing the lining

Pull the lining right out so that it forms a double ended ‘stocking’ together with the main stocking. Turn the seam allowance of the gap to the inside of the lining, press and stitch the two folds together, to close the gap. Push the lining back into the stocking.

 

Finish the stocking

Put your hand inside the lining to push it right down into the toe and heel. As it is pushed down fully, the top edge of the cuff will roll to the inside of the stocking by about 1cm. Press this flat and pull the loop upwards. Et….. voila…… a completed Christmas stocking. Well Done!

 

Christmas stocking tutorial for beginners

For more Scandi-themed Christmas projects, take a look at these Nordic decorations and a Scandi Christmas cushion project here

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