One of the most popular symbols of this season is the Christmas stocking. Stockings are like Santa, candy canes, and fruitcake, they make their appearance every December (some more welcome than others!) I had never sewn a stocking before until the day before yesterday but I’ve had this project on my “Christmas DIY To Do List” for years. I finally managed to stitch one together with some apple green velvet ~ here is my little cuffed creation.
Sewing a simple stocking couldn’t be easier if you can sew a straight line (and around the little curved boot) on a sewing machine. Of course I had to complicate matters and add batting for thickness, piping for contrast, and a decorative cuff, but in the end I’m glad I decided on those little extras.
If you’d like to sew your own cuffed creation, here’s what you’ll need: 1. ½ yard stocking fabric 2. ½ yard liner fabric 3. ½ yard cuff fabric (only for bias cut piping, otherwise just a scrap) 4. batting (optional) 5. thread 6. stocking template 7. piping cord (optional) 8. scissors and pins.
To start, create a template of the approximate size stocking you want with paper or thin cardstock. My template was about 16” tall x 12” across the boot (but I cut it to more like 18” x 12”). Next cut your stocking and liner fabric to the size of your stocking, allowing ½ inch excess fabric for seam.
Adding a layer of quilt batting between the outside fabric and liner is optional, but I think it makes for a more substantial stocking so I added it. Layer the batting between the liner and stocking fabric and pin it, then sew together with sewing machine. Note, if you skip the layer of batting, you can go right to sewing the liner and outside fabric together (inside out) without sewing each side of the stocking individually.
Another optional step is to add decorative piping in the same color as the cuff for contrast. Make sure your fabric is cut on the bias, then stitch together your cord in the casing. (Here’s a how-to I wrote on piping and double welt cord). It’s best to use your zipper foot for this step.
Slowly and carefully stitch your two sides of your stocking together (inside out), fitting the piping in between.
*sorry for the lame pic, I was sewing late at night.
For the cuff, cut a long piece of fabric sufficient enough to wrap around the top. Since my stocking was about 7” wide on each side, I winged it and cut a rectangular strip 16” long (allowing extra for seams) x 10” tall then folded it over with a layer of batting in between to form a 4” cuff. Keep your stocking inside out, then stitch to the top of your stocking. Fold over to reveal contrasting cuff.
For your loop hook, take a long strip of stocking fabric, sew it together (inside out) to form a long strip then use a safety pin to turn it right side out. Hand or machine stitch it to the inside of your stocking.
Embellish with trim (think pom pom, ric rac, or lace) or a simple ornament and fill it with gifts!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… can’t wait!