Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Make a Christmas Stocking



Make this pretty Christmas stocking from my easy to follow instructions.

I have chosen a piece of new linen and some pretty vintage French cotton for the outside, with recycled cotton from an old sheet for the lining. A length of crocheted lace, recycled ric rac and a vintage button adds some simple decoration.


The tutorial has been designed for those with little experience in sewing, but the more skilful crafter may like to add an appliqu├ęd motif or some personalisation with hand or machine embroidery.

You could choose other fabrics in which to make this stocking; white linen, red and white gingham and a red bobble trim would give it a traditional look, whereas a  piece of tweed recycled from a man’s jacket, a bit of corduroy and some jute fringing will produce a rustic, homespun effect.
Silk, satin and beading will look striking, while velvet, satin and a braid trim will be rich and sumptuous. 





First of all you need to make a pattern. Download and print or trace the pattern above and then photocopy to the size you’d like. You don’t need to add a seam allowance to the pattern, just use a 1cm seam throughout.



Use some tracing paper and trace out each of the pattern pieces. You 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.

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.

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 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. 
 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. 
 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.
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.

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.


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.

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.
Sew a button onto the outside back of the stocking, at the base of the hanging loop.....
........et..... voila...... a completed Christmas stocking.   Well Done!





19 comments:

  1. I just wanted to let you know I have linked to this project and thumbnail on our site: http://www.allfreesewing.com/Sewn-Stockings/Make-A-Christmas-Stocking. I think it’s a great project that our readers will love to make! We are always looking for more tutorials and sewing patterns, so if you have any similar projects please feel free to send them my way or let me know if you prefer we not link to you. Thanks!
    Karisa
    ktell@primecp.com
    Editor, www.AllFreeSewing.com

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  2. Hi Debs, Great tutorial! I can't find your email address, could you send me your address to mark70andemma68(at)mac.com so that I can forward your details to your Secret Santa. Many thanks for taking part. Emma x

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  3. Thank you Deb for this pattern, I have been looking for a good sized one for my Grandson's first Christmas. This is the best one yet.

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  4. Hello, I love this tutorial. Thanks for sharing it. I'm your new follower :-)

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  5. Elliesue, thank you for the lovely comment. I hope the stocking works out well for you. You can make the stocking as large, or as small, as you'd like. Just upsize it on a photocopier.
    Mad About Pink - thank you too.
    I'd love to see some piccies of your finished stockings!

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  6. Hi Debs, thanks for popping by my blog, I really love this stocking pattern, I plan to make one this Christmas so think I will give this a go! Thanks for sharing :) Sarah

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  7. Thank You Sarah, If you make the stocking please let me see some pictures!

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  8. Thanks so much for posting this! I'm going to attempt to make stockings this year, and have been looking for a good how-to the last couple of days. Your photos and instructions are the best I've found on the web yet!

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  9. I'd love to see the finished stockings Jen. Are you going to make an extra special one for yourself - to be filled with lovely presents from 'Santa'?

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  10. I's August in Texas and 105 is the temp outside in the shade. I was thinking cold and Christmas and saw this pattern. Quite simply the best directions and ideal for a quick Christmas exchange of gifts with that little something special. Thanks and I look forward to more of your sewing projects.
    Mary

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  11. Hi Debbie,

    Would you mind emailing me at rae@prettynostalgic.co.uk? I'd love to chat to you about a Christmas project for an online magazine blog feature!

    Thanks!
    Rae x

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  12. Hi im new to this and this is my first project with my new sewing machine! I would just like to ask does WS and RS mean Wrong side and right side? If so is this correct...

    Lay the WS of the contrast toe pieces on top of the RS of the lower stockings...as it looks like the toe pieces are right side up, and makes sense that they should be sewed right side up to right side of lower stocking??

    Thanks for you're help and I hope my stocking turns out as good as yours :)

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  13. Hi im new to this and this is my first project with my new sewing machine! I would just like to ask does WS and RS mean Wrong side and right side? If so is this correct...

    Lay the WS of the contrast toe pieces on top of the RS of the lower stockings...as it looks like the toe pieces are right side up, and makes sense that they should be sewed right side up to right side of lower stocking??

    Thanks for you're help and I hope my stocking turns out as good as yours :)

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  14. Hi Sammy. So pleased you are going to make the stocking.
    You are right that WS and RS means wrong side and right side, and also that the right side of the toe piece is uppermost on the right side of the stocking.

    Good Luck with using your new sewing machine, and I hope that this stocking is the first of many lovely things you make with it!
    Can you post a picture of your finished stocking on my facebook page please, I'd love to see it.

    https://www.facebook.com/prettygoods?ref=hl

    Thank you xx

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  15. I made this Christmas stocking and it really is cute and easy. I was looking for a good stocking pattern and this is a really good one. Thank you

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  16. I'm so pleased you found the instructions easy to follow. My plan was to make a pattern that was suitable for beginners, yet could be enhanced by those with more experience.
    Have a lovely Christmas
    Debbie xx

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial! I just finished making one. I have 3 more to go. :) I'll be adding iron on letters for each of us, once I get some more letters!

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  18. Thank you so much! I haven't sewed in a while but I'm ready to do a lot of diy sewing for the holidays. :)

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  19. I love this so much!!! It was so helpful.

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