by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there.
“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or do without.” is a quote I grew-up with in the 50’s. Being the fourth born of five children, I knew what hand-me-downs, cleaning your plate, share with your brother, etc. meant. Therefore, it’s easy to realize the origin of my game of using every little scrap of fabric, taking what someone else has discarded, and making it into something desirable. For Play Date #11, come along with me to make a one-of-a-kind Christmas stocking.
To create a stocking foundation on which to embellish, you can do one of three things:
- Cut a stocking from an old damaged quilt. You may need to piece sections together to get a piece large enough for your stocking size.
- Use a quilt top and add batting to the wrong side of the top before embellishing it.
- Piece fabric scraps onto batting that has been cut into a stocking shape.
The stocking I’m showing you here was made from pieces of a vintage quilt. The ten stockings pictured below were made from the same quilt.
Santa won’t be able to resist filling these vintage-looking stockings. They are fun to make in different sizes and shapes and easier than they look. A unique construction method makes them a cinch to line, sew and turn.
- Backing and lining for stocking, 1/2 yard for a stocking approximately 8″ X 18″, much less for small or tiny stockings
- Assorted small pieces of trim, lace and ribbon
- Jingle bells and other Christmas trinkets
- Photo transfer and quote transferred to fabric
- Vintage quilt or quilt pieces
- Stocking pattern of choice
Instructions for Stocking front
- Piece together vintage quilt scraps or use a piece from a damaged quilt. My sister gave me these scraps she had left-over from one of her projects.
I pieced them together and ironed the piece flat.
- Cut stocking pattern from quilt piece.
There are stocking patterns to be found on the internet. Or, you may have one in your pattern collection. You could use my pattern pictured here. It is possible to use a copy machine to enlarge or reduce the size of your pattern to get an assortment of sizes.
- Embellish seam lines with lace, ribbons, and trims. Sew trims in place by machine whenever possible. Some will require stitching along both edges and others through the center only. If there is a row of visible stitching in the trim design, try to stitch on top of it with matching thread for the most invisible application.
- Embellish the stocking to your heart’s content.
- Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric, right sides together, the same shape as the pieced stocking, but 1″ longer at the opening edge. Choose this fabric carefully as it will show at the top edge on the outside of the finished stocking.
- Place the finished stocking front face down on top of the backing fabric (the back side of the stocking) and cut the backing piece.
- Layer the 4 pieces in the following order and pin together:
- Patchwork stocking, right side up.
- Backing, face down on right side of stocking
- Two lining pieces right sides together on top of backing.
4. The two lining pieces will extend above the stocking. Stitch 3/8″ from the raw edges through all layers, leaving the top edge unstitched.
Clip the curves to the stitches being careful not to cut the stitches.
5. Turn the backing piece over the stocking so the backing is on the outside and lining is inside. Use a long, blunt tipped tool to push out the edges for a smooth, rounded finish.
6. Turn the lining down over the top edge of the stocking and turn under at the raw edge. Tuck decorative piping, lace or ribbon under the turned edge, if desired.
Edge stitch along the fold through all layers using a decorative stitch, if desired. A free-arm sewing machine makes easy work of this on the larger stocking. The smaller stocking you will need to stitch by hand. Press carefully.
7. Attach 4″ to 6″ long piece of trim or ribbon to the top corner edge for hanging. Hot glue or stitch any additional embellishments to the stocking front until you are pleased. Isn’t it darling?
These stockings are so much fun to make! Once you’ve made some for yourself, you’ll want to make them for everyone on your gift list this year. The tiny ones are precious on packages and the medium size ones make great hostess gifts. I’ve used them as place cards for dinner parties with the guests’ names peeking out of the stocking. Your guests will be so delighted when you tell them to take their stockings home.
Check-out my etsy site for more ideas. Go to judymurrahdesigns.etsy.com.
Merry Christmas everyone from the Christmas Angel. Love, Judy