Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Stocking Tutorial

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

Anyone still need a Christmas stocking? We had a new member in our family for Christmas this year (for a pic of my new little Dude see this post), so I needed to whip up a stocking for him since everyone else in our house has a homemade stocking. I didn't want him to suffer the indignity of having a store bought stocking!

It's super easy, too! Here's what you'll need:



Supplies:
two kinds of fabric, they can be scraps about two feet square
thin batting (optional, really)
some ribbon, about 6-7 inches long
embroidery thread
a button


1. Trace an existing stocking onto a piece of paper. If you don't have big pieces of paper you can tape several smaller pieces together:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

2. Add 1/4 inch around your traced stocking shape for seam allowance. Cut it out and pin it to your fabric--this is your pattern!

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

3. Cut out two of each fabric and two pieces of batting. It's very important that you fold your fabric in half before you cut out your stocking, so that you get two pieces that have the toe "facing" different directions, so you can actually sew them together! They should look like this:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

4. Pin them together, right sides facing. With the interior lining fabric, you will actually sew the batting on the outside of the stocking, like this:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

Then you'll sew them together, and turn only the patterned exterior fabric so that it's right side out with the seams on the inside...the other lining "stocking" leave just as it is for now.

5. Slip the lining inside the exterior stocking fabric, with the wrong sides facing each other, batting sandwiched in between:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

Use your hands to push the lining and batting so that it fits inside your exterior fabric. It doesn't have to be perfect, but you should try to line up the side seams, like this:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

6. Fold the exterior and the interior fabrics over to make a clean edge on top, then pin in place like this:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

You'll fold it over about 1/2 inch, making sure to get all the batting on the inside as well!

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

7. Sew all the way around the top where you have pinned, about 1/4 inch from the edge.

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

8. Next, you'll be adding the loop for hanging. You're almost done! You will need your ribbon, about six inches long, and button and some sturdy thread for this part.

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

9. Place your ribbon where you'd like it and sew it down to make sure it's extra stable. I don't want my stockings falling apart with all the goodies crammed into it! I just sewed a small square where the two parts of the ribbon crossed:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

10. Sew on your button, right over your square:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

You're done! Wasn't that easy? Here is the finished stocking, hanging up and looking very boyish and modern:

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

Have a fun time with this project! And as always, if you make something using one of our tutorials please send us a picture, we'd love to feature some reader work on the blog very soon!

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