All the pictured stockings were made using the following method.
Well here it is! The promised tutorial. (I hope to get both a banner and ornament one done too...) This seriously is the easiest lined stocking EVER. I can't remember where I learned how to do it, but it is so snappy and fun and I promise you will be astonished. The finished look is so crisp and clean that it will knock your socks of because of how easy it was. (no pun intended)
So get your materials, turn on some Christmas music and get ready to have a beautiful stocking in less than an hour. Truly! (This stocking will be listed in my shop too...just in case you were wondering. :0) )
For One Stocking You Will Need:
If you are making more than one stocking, you will end up using a little less than 1/3 of a yard for each one. This is because you can place your pattern to maximize the fabric. The same goes for the cuff fabric.
- 1/3 yard for lining fabric
- 1/3 yard for outer fabric
- 1/4 yard for cuffs, I used chenille
- embellishments - coordinating fabric, buttons, whatever you want
- coordinating or contrasting thread
- pinking shears
- fabric scissors
- tracing paper or parchment paper for pattern
The yardage I listed above is based off of these dimensions.
- width at the top of the stocking: 7.5"
- shortest length, from top of stocking to heel: 18"
- longest length, from top of stocking to toe: 20.5"
- width of toe: 6"
I didn't use 1/3 yard cuts, I used some pieces left over from other projects, so my fabric layout looks a little different.
4. Cut through all four layers of fabrics. I use a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler on the straight parts, then hand cut with sharp fabric scissors the rest. Remember to cut off your folds at the top so you can reach inside!
4. I like my toe pointing to the right. So, I add the embellishments to the piece that has the toe pointing to the right. Easy to remember right? Just put the embellishments on the piece that has the toe facing the direction you want it to. An important thing to consider is also your cuff. My cuffs are about 4" long finished. So I placed my embellishment about 4.5" from the top of my stocking. This way my cute embellishments will not be covered by the cuff at the end. All I did for my embellishments was add a strip of coordinating fabric. I sewed it in place using a zig zag stitch.
The layers should be:
- two lining pieces, right sides together
- then two outer pieces on top with their right sides together
3. If you want to embroider a name you can do that now. You also can embroider a name when you are all done. It is just a bit more cumbersome. Remember, you will loose 1/4" from off the top edge when you sew it to the stocking.
1. Take your loop and place it so that the loop is in the inside of the stocking. The raw edges will be coming our of the top of the stocking. Pin. Leave a bit of the edges hanging over the edge of the stocking. This way you can be sure to catch it when you sew. I placed my loop in the top left hand corner just beside the side seam. (This is for a stocking with the toe to the RIGHT. You would want to put the loop in the RIGHT hand corner if you have a toe facing LEFT.)
3. Turn the cuff right side out. Place the cuff INSIDE the stocking with the right side facing the lining. Line up the seam of the cuff with the side seam of the stocking. (I lined mine up on the same side as my hanging loop.)
4. Pin the cuff in place, lining up the raw edges of the cuff with the raw edges of the stocking. (You will have to pull/stretch the fabrics a bit to get them to line up.) This is because the cuff is slightly larger than the opening of the stocking. This is on purpose so the stocking cuff doesn't appear 'tappered'.
6. Turn cuff so that the right side is now facing. You can play around with the cuff till you have the right amount showing. If you want to keep the cuff in better place, you can top stitch across the top of the stocking.