sewing 101: christmas stockings


Christmas is just a few days away, but there’s still time to whip up your own handmade gifts or decorations with these quick and easy stockings! Stitched in a thick, Pendleton-style wool fabric, only a few simple seams are needed to finish each of these; once you get the hang of the construction, you can easily make these stockings in no time. Look for coating or blanket wool at the fabric store; it can be pricey, but with just one yard, you can make several stockings. Or salvage an old, damaged blanket or coat from the thrift store, or check eBay for Pendleton remnants. Let’s get started! — Brett Bara

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Materials

Instructions

1. Cut the fabric.

Download the template and print it out, attaching the pages where indicated to make the stocking shape. Trace the shape onto your fabric, cutting two pieces for the exterior and two for the lining. (Be sure to flip the template so that the two exterior pieces are mirror images of each other, and the two lining pieces are mirror images of each other.) Also cut a 7″ x 3″ piece from the lining fabric for the hanging tab.

2. Sew the exterior and lining.

Place the two exterior pieces with right sides together, and sew around the perimeter of the stocking (leaving the top edge open), with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Do the same for the lining, but leave an opening in the stitching along one side of the lining, about 5″ long.

Here’s what your pieces will look like after you sew them; the arrows indicate where to leave the opening in the lining.

Clip the seam allowance of the exterior piece, carefully making a cut about every 1/2″ or so (be careful not to cut through the stitching). This will create nice curved edges once the exterior is turned right-side out.

On the lining, trim about half of the seam allowance all the way around. This will help reduce bulk at the edges once the lining is inserted.

Turn the exterior right-side out and iron the seams.

3. Make the hanging tab.

Fold the 7″ x 3″ piece of fabric lengthwise into thirds, folding under the lengthwise raw edge. Sew a straight seam through the center of this strip, being sure to catch the folded raw edge in the seam.

Fold the strap in half and pin it to the right side of the exterior along the side seam, aligning the raw edges of the strap with the raw edge of the stocking.

Sew it in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

4. Insert the lining.

With the exterior piece right-side out and the lining inside out, place the exterior inside the lining.

Work the exterior all the way inside the lining until the top raw edges meet. Line up the side seams of both pieces, and pin the pieces together all around the top edge. The hanging tab will be sandwiched between the exterior and lining, facing downwards.

Sew around the top edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Working through the hole in the side of the lining, carefully work the exterior piece through and turn the whole piece right-side out, with the lining extended up above the exterior.

Iron the seam where the two pieces meet.

Sew up the hole in the lining, stitching close to the edge of the fabric.

Finally, fold the lining down inside the exterior, iron the top edge and you’re done!

Hang your stockings and wait for them to be filled with gifts! If, like me, you don’t have a mantle, you can hang your stockings on the side of a sofa or the back of a chair. Just thread fishing line or ribbon through the hanging tabs, then run the line/ribbon over the arm of the sofa and fasten it with a safety pin under the cushions.

Happy Holidays!!!

Bonnie McCarthy

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! I have been meaning to do this for years! I just can’t find stockings that I absolutely love! This project is moving to the top of my list!! Also -the photo of that cat made me laugh out loud. Personality!!!

Cindy

I started making stockings this year and couldn’t figure out how to get them put together properly, leaving an opening in the lining is brilliant! Thank you!!

tiffanysnewvintage

thanks for sharing…love the blanket idea for my rustic home…going to try with an old hide that is laying around

Mary Jane Campbell

This site says I can download the pattern for the Christmas stocking but I cannot find the download

Nadia

I made my first Christmas stocking (of four) using this tutorial and it was so easy! The pictures brilliantly demonstrate how to sew the fabric and the instructions are very clear. Thank you so much for this! I’m looking forward to sewing the other 3.

Kurstie

Thanks for this easy to follow tutorial. It’s been good, fun, quick make. I used wool mixes and the weight and feel of it is one of warmth and quality. Just three more to make xx

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