Last year I came up with this idea for Harvey’s first ever Christmas stocking and this year I decided to photograph the steps so you can make one too! I used fat quarters for this but after looking at the finished project I realised it’s perfect for using up scraps you’ve created from your other Christmas sewing projects. Now then. Let’s make some stockings!
You can make your own pattern by tracing a stocking you like and adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance or print our pattern.
Two fat quarters for the outside. Non-directional fat quarters with a smallish print are perfect. (or a pile of scraps measuring 2cm – 15cm x 30cm wide)
Half metre (or 30cm by WOF if you want to be more precise) lining fabric
One package fusible fleece
About 30cm of ribbon
Print your pattern pieces and tape them together.
Cut out your pattern.
If working with fat quarters for the outside of your stocking, cut 20cm off the long side of each fat quarter (so you’re left with a piece 30cm x 55cm) and set aside for another project.
Cut each piece into strips of varying widths. It’s best to stick with about 8 pieces – if you cut more (like I did this time, oops) you’ll need to add some of your leftover fabric to the top to make sure the patchwork is big enough for your pattern.
Make two rows of the strips, alternating colours so they are a mirror image of each other.
Stack them up in order to prepare for sewing.
Use your pattern to cut a front and back of the lining fabric.
Sew both sets of strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
You now have the two pieces of patchwork you’ll use for the front and back of your stocking. Check them against the pattern to make sure they are big enough and if they aren’t, add an extra strip or two from your left over fabric.
Press the seam allowances in one direction and iron the fusible fleece on the back of each piece of patchwork.
Put your pieces of patchwork right sides together and try to line up the strips.
Use your pattern to cut out the stocking pieces.
Sew your stocking pieces right sides together, leaving the top open.
Sew your lining pieces right sides together, leaving the top open and a three inch gap along the underside of the foot.
It’s starting to look like a stocking!
Now turn the outside of the stocking right-side-out and stuff it into the lining. The right sides of the outside and lining should be facing each other. You only need the tops of the outside and lining to line up so don’t worry about stuffing the toe all the way in.
Fold your ribbon in half and sandwich it between the outer and lining. The ends should line up with the raw edges of the fabric. Pin.
Sew the tops together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now pull the stocking out of the lining through the gap in the lining.
Press the lining and stitch up the gap, then stuff it into the stocking.
Roll the top hem so the lining is hidden and press.
You’re finished! Hang, fill and enjoy!