What is more homey than personalized stockings made with love hung by the fire place for the holidays??!! These must love stockings are just waiting to be filled with candy and presents from Santa! You can order them from my shop by clicking here or if you have the desire to get crafty just follow my tutorial below to create your own!
How To Guide
The first thing you need to do is make your pattern. I used the image below to make mine by hooking my laptop up to my TV and projecting the image there. Then I grabbed some sketch pad paper and resized the image to what I wanted and traced it. Then I cut it out and moved on to the next step.
For the fabric I used the fat quarters you can get at Wal-Mart. I bought one with a design on it for the outside and one that was a solid color for the inside. You can use any fabric you like but I found the fat quarters are cheaper than fabric off the bolt and the cotton is much easier to deal with than felt. You can choose to use felt though if you wish and just modify this guide as you see fit. Once you have your fabric picked out make sure to iron it good and flat. Then you need to lay your patterned fabric (Outside Body) face down with your solid fabric (Inside Lining) face up on top of it. Place your pattern on top and trace it out. If you are using a fat quarter you can get a good sized stocking out of one by turning your fabric landscape and cutting out two body pieces side by side. Just make sure to flip the pieces so the bottom of the stocking is facing inward on both pieces. Once you have your pattern traced out go ahead and cut your fabric.
For the cuff I used felt. You can use whatever color of felt you want. I used white on the darker fabrics and I used colors on the lighter ones. Take your piece of felt and fold it in half like a hot dog and cut it. Take your two pieces and place them together under one of the stockings. Make a cutting line on the side to trim off the excess. Once you have your pieces cut you need to place them pattern side up on the stocking. Fold under the bottom of the fleece to make a hem. Pin your cuffs to both body pieces.
Using a sewing machine set on a straight stitch setting go ahead and sew your cuff to the body pieces all the way around.
Now take your two body pieces with the cuffs sewn on and pin them together pattern sides facing inward. Go ahead and fold down the tops to create your hem. Stitch them together using the straight stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure you leave the top open and DON’T sew the hem.
For this step you have a few different options. You can close up your hem using a blind stitch, an iron on hem strip, or hot glue. You don’t want to just stitch up with any old stitch because it makes your cuff look pretty ugly. I ended up just going with hot glue because the blind hem stitch skill still continues to elude me despite my pain stacking efforts to master it. The hot glue holds them just fine, but I am not sure how well it would hold up when washed so choose whatever method you think will work best for you.
Now you are ready to flip your stocking inside out. You should have a beautiful stocking now that is almost complete! To create a loop to hang your stocking you can use ribbon or do what I did and just use the same felt you used for the cuff. I hot glued my felt together to create the loop and then hot glued it to the inside of the stocking at the left side seam.
This step is optional and you only need to do it if you want to add names to the cuff of your stockings. To do this you can use felt and hot glue your letters to the cuff. If you want to make the letters look fancy you can use Inkscape or any software with fonts and type out name. Trace the letters with drawing paper and cut them out to make the patterns for your felt. Take your pattern and trace it onto the felt and cut your letters now. Now just hot glue them on and you are done!!! Congrats!! You have your very own handmade stocking!!!
Did you make your own stocking following this guide? Tell us about it by commenting below!!