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:
two kinds of fabric, they can be scraps about two feet square
thin batting (optional, really)
some ribbon, about 6-7 inches long
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:
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!
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:
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:
5. Slip the lining inside the exterior stocking fabric, with the wrong sides facing each other, batting sandwiched in between:
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:
6. Fold the exterior and the interior fabrics over to make a clean edge on top, then pin in place like this:
You'll fold it over about 1/2 inch, making sure to get all the batting on the inside as well!
7. Sew all the way around the top where you have pinned, about 1/4 inch from the edge.
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.
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:
10. Sew on your button, right over your square:
You're done! Wasn't that easy? Here is the finished stocking, hanging up and looking very boyish and modern:
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!