• Handmade Christmas Stockings Tutorial

    I love vintage fabrics. I delight in the sight of old rags that are forgotton and perhaps smell of mothballs. Prints that look like they are straight from your grandmother's couch. To make our "new" Christmas stockings look loved and worn in this year, I picked remnants of fabrics with former lives and purposes and got to creating. 

    Follow these steps to make your own holiday stockings to hang by the chimney with care. 

    Step One: Layer your fabrics and cut

    You'll need to have 4 layers of fabric (front side, back side, and two layers for the inside liner. Use a template of the shape and size stocking you want. I cut mine out of cardboard to use for all four stockings. Trace your template onto the fabric with a dotted line and use a rotary cutter to follow your dotted line allowing for 1.5-2 inches of extra fabric on all sides.


    Make sure to arrange your fabrics so that when sewn and turned right side in, they will be correct. Place the liner back and stocking fabric back together (i.e. back to back) and sandwich the front fabric and liner the same way. Place the two sandwiches together so the outsides of the stocking face one another. I used a white liner so it was easier to not make a mistake here. 

    Step Two: Pin your fabric and sew. 

    Sew just outside your dotted line (1/4-1/2 inch) all the way around leaving the top open. Reinforce your seam with a second zig zag seam (optional) and trim excess seam allowance but make sure to leave the extra fabric on your unfinished top. Turn stockings right side out.

    Step Three: Hem and finish the top with a fold-over trim.

    Fold over the extra fabric around the top opening and pin. Your "loop" fold over piece will cover this hem, so there is no need to make it pretty. Sew around the top hem of your stocking. Now, select the fabric for your fold over trim. I used the same fabric as the back of the stocking. Measure the diameter of the top of your stocking, muptiply it by two and add 1 inch. This will be the width of your hem piece. For a generous fold over trim, measure your fabric length at 11 inches. Fold your piece of trim fabric in half with the front faces of the fabric on the inside and sew together with 1/2 inch seam. Turn your fabric tube right side out. Take the ends and sew them together with your seam allowance and reinforce (optional) and now you have a loop. You will want to sit your loop down inside your stocking opening about 1-2 inches inside the stocking and make certain it fits properly. Fabrics with varying amounts of stretch may cause your original measurement to change slightly. Pin the loop inside your stocking and the seam of your loop should be facing out. Sew in the loop with a stitch line just under stocking hem stitch. Fold the loop over your stocking and this is your trim.

    Step Four: Make a fabric hook for hanging and decorate with additional trim.

    With scrap fabric, cut strips approximately 2.5x7 inches. Fold them and sew them into mini loops just like you did in Step Three. Scrunch the fabric over a pencil to assist you in turning the loop right side out. Sew your hook inside the top of your stocking so it hangs where you want it. Hint: Unfold the fabric of the trim to sew these few stitches directly to the back of the stocking so they will not be seen. If using a secondary trim, measure the diameter of the top of the stocking, multiply it by two and add 1 inch. Fold strip over with the faces of the fabric on the inside and sew the seam. Turn right side out and tack the trim on with a hand sewn stich. 

    Here is the reverse side of our stockings. Now every time I see these, I will think of the memories of these fabrics: The polyester pants I use to legitimately wear, the floral muumuu, the metallic quilted dress and my mother's plaid skirt. They will live on to be filled with a monsoon of cheap stuff, chapstick, peppermint patties and the obligatory tangerine in the toe.  Because....really, what else fits in the toe?

    Create yours and tell me about it!