#Stockingpalooza2014

Thirty-one Christmas stockings.  (I. Like. Big. Numbers and I cannot lie… Sorry Sir Mix-a-lot, you come to my mind at the strangest of moments.  Back to the point…)

This year one of our daughters asked if I could make stockings for her and her family, so I proceeded to call and text to find out who all wanted a new Christmas stocking this year, and before I knew it, the numbers were climbing… to 31.  That may seem a little extreme, however I find that with just a few tips and tricks, this really is a quick and easy project.  They end up being perfect for everything from charities to last minute gifts.  And even Santa can get on board with that.

A guild that I belong to has made these stockings for several years to give to a local women’s shelter, so that’s where I learned to make them.  I did a little prowling online for “Magic Christmas Stockings”, and everything I found was pretty similar to what I had been taught several years ago. However, in one of those “Eureka!” kind of moments, I had an idea of how do make them a little different this time around.

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So, are you ready for some Stockingpalooza?  Fabulous.  Here we go…

Be sure to read all of the instructions (or at least look at all of the pictures) before proceeding.  There are two options included in this pattern based on the kind of fabric that you choose to use.

Tools:

Required:  Fabric scissors, pinking shears, coordinating thread, marking pencil or pen, pins, iron, sewing machine in good working order

Outline of desired stocking shape traced onto a large sheet of drawing paper, parchment paper, or pieced-together printer paper.  You can do this using a stocking that you already have, or a template from the Internet.  A search for “printable Christmas stocking patterns” will produce a number of them to choose from.  The amount of materials listed in this tutorial allows for a stocking that is approximately 12″x18″ finished.

Optional, but very helpful:  Serger/Overlock machine, invisible thread

Materials:

Option #1-
Stocking Exterior- 1/2 yd printed duck cloth, canvas, or other heavy fabric
Stocking Interior- 1/2 yd printed duck cloth, canvas, or other heavy fabric

**If fabric is directional, be sure that the stocking outline will fit in the proper direction
Binding- (1) 2 1/2″ x 20″ strip of coordinating fabric
Ribbon- 40″ of 1″ satin ribbon

Option #2-
Stocking Exterior- 1/2 yd lightweight or quilting cotton fabric
Stocking Interior- 1/2 yd lightweight or quilting cotton fabric
Binding- (1) 2 1/2″ x 20″ strip of coordinating fabric
Lining- (2) 18″x 22″ batting scraps
Ribbon- 40″ of 1″ satin ribbon

 Directions for Option #1-

opt1, step1Fold both the Interior and Exterior fabrics right sides together, selvedge to selvedge, and press.  Layer the Interior and Exterior fabrics on a cutting mat or workspace with the Interior on the bottom, as shown above.

opt1, step2Using an outline of the desired stocking shape, trace the shape onto the fabric.  My template happens to be made of a clear acrylic, and I used a Frixion pen to outline it.  However, you don’t need either.  The pen marks will not matter when the stocking is sewn together, and a paper template will work just as well.

opt1, step3For ease in the next step, go ahead and cut away the excess fabric from around the stocking outline.

opt1, step4Pin the layers of stocking together, well inside of the stocking outline.  There are two ways to proceed from here.  The picture above shows using a serger to cut out and stitch together the layers at once.  If a serger is not an option, simply cut the layers of stocking fabric with fabric scissors using the traced outline, then stitch the layers together using a 1/4″ seam allowance on a regular sewing machine.

IMG_7692The above pic is what the stocking should look like at this point.  If the layers do not look like this, then the stocking will not turn out the correct way.  Reach in between the two Exterior Fabrics and pull the stocking right side out.  It should look like this…IMG_7695

To bind the stocking, begin by taking the 2 1/2″x20″ piece of fabric to an ironing surface.

To bind the stocking, open the stocking so that the Interior Fabric is visible.  Line up the binding on the inside of the stocking with raw edges together as shown below and pin in place.

binding1The orange mark on the binding in the picture above is to show where to begin stitching.  It is important to leave about a 1/2″ or so space between the fold and the beginning of the stitching.  It isn’t important that this space be exact, only that there is enough room to tuck the binding tail into.

binding2Using 1/4″ seam, stitch the binding to the inside of the stocking, rotating the stocking as needed.  Stop stitching, with the needle in the down position, just before you reach the folded point of the binding.

Fold binding to the outside of the stocking and pin in place, as shown below.

pin bindingUsing either matching or invisible thread, stitch binding in place by stitching very close to the seam created earlier.

finish stitch bindWhen complete, the outside of the stocking will look like this…

binding stitched downFold the top of the stocking down about 2″ or as desired.  mark the back edge of the stocking for ribbon placement.

Fold the 40″ ribbon in half width wise to mark the center of the ribbon.  Align the fold in the ribbon with the mark on the stocking and pin in place.

Stitch the ribbon in place along the fold mark, fold the top edge of the stocking down, and viola, it’s done!

finished two layer

Directions for Option #2-

When using a lighter weight fabric, add layers of thin batting to make a more substantial stocking.  The directions are exactly the same, except at the very beginning.

IMG_7732Following the directions as above layer the Exterior and Interior fabrics, but put one of the pieces of batting in between the two fabrics. You may have figured out by now that it doesn’t matter what order the Exterior and Interior fabrics are layered.  It only matters that they are right sides together, and in this case, that there is a piece of batting between them.

IMG_7733

Lay the second piece of batting on top of the layers of fabric and batting.  Trace the stocking outline onto the batting, similar to the directions above.

Pin all of the layers, serge (or cut and sew), trim the top, then run a second seam just inside the serger seam.

Just as above, pull the stocking right side out by reaching in between the layers of Exterior fabric.  The red check becomes the inside of the stocking, and ultimately the folded cuff, while the peppermints are the outside.

Bind and finish as directed above.

I personally prefer the binding method, but if you would rather have a cuff, like the one pictured below, measure the width of the top of your stocking, double that measurement and add 1/2″.  Cut a cuff 8″x the measurement that you just found.  Sew the cuff together on the short sides, then fold in half on the long side, creating a tube.  Sew the tube to the top of the stocking, raw edges together, and cuff to the inside.  Don’t forget a hanging loop.  Then flip the cuff to the outside.

IMG_7751This is actually an incredibly versatile project, and I look forward to doing another batch next year with another spin to it.  I’d love to see what you do with it- maybe a toe with a bit more curl?  Or some applique?  Embroidery?  Pieced fabrics?  Hmmm…  I’ve already got some ideas for #Stockingpalooza2015!  Maybe a little Christmas in July?  What about a stocking swap?  Well, well, well, I guess we’ll have to see about that.

 

 

2 thoughts on “#Stockingpalooza2014

  1. Hello, I just adore the stocking fabric you used for “Jeff’s” stocking. The red vintage looking one. Can you direct me to what it’s called or where I might get my hands on some pleaseeee?
    Thank you, very nice blog and directions. Happy New Year to you! I did the festive mug swap as well, but yours is soooo much cuter than mine was. I really appreciate any help finding that red Christmas fabric, it’s just ADORABLE! and the stocking you made with it, so SWEET! 🙂

    • Aww, thanks Judy! I appreciate your comments! I loved doing the Festive Mug Rug Swap with Gnome Angel- so much fun!

      Unfortunately, as it is with fabric, that one happens to be an oldie but goodie. I made that particular stocking several years ago, and the info has been long lost! I looked to see if I had any left in my stash, and sadly, it is all gone. I love vintage Christmas prints so very much, and that one was a favorite. Of course now you’ve put a bug in my brain and I will be on the lookout for it while I’m out digging around! I’ll let you know if I find anything…

      I hope you have had a wonderful start to the new year, and I hope that I will “see” you again sometime!

      Angela

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