My mom made the stockings I grew up with, quilted in fact, so while I’ve bough a few stockings over the years I’ve never loved them the way I loved the homemade ones I had growing up! So I decided to finally do something about it! I made my own Tree Skirt and Stockings this year and I LOVE how they turned out!
I started these stockings the same way as the tree skirt. I used 1 1/2 inch strips (honey bun) instead of the 2 1/2 inch strips (jelly roll). The ruffle was 4 inches ruffled and pulled to 2 instead of 6 inches ruffled and pulled to 4. But the technique was EXACTLY the same. Then I quilted the front onto a layer of the batting. Here is the stocking tutorial starting at that point. I made 2 different sets of this. So get the tutorial for getting to this point over at my tree skirt tutorial!
Now layer a layer of batting, the back, the quilted front/batting together. With the right sides of the back and front facing each other. Now we get to cut out our stocking! I did a google image search for stocking patterns to find the shape I wanted. I was able to get 4 stockings out of each 40 inch long set!
Keeping everything in this same order I sewed it all together, leaving the top open for now. See those extra pins along the top? Remember all that extra material from the ruffles? I made sure all that fabric was pushed into the inside to get the largest ruffle possible!
Now onto the lining. place your lining right sides together and using the same pattern cut the pieces out. Now sew the lining together, keeping right sides together, leaving the top open. The one thing you have to remember is to leave a 2 inch gap somewhere along where you sew to leave a gap for turning the stocking inside out.
Now you can do one of two things. Leaving the stocking inside out shove the lining (right side out) inside. Like I did here! Or leave the lining inside out and shove the stocking inside of it, right side out (like I did with the rest of the stockings, and all the other pictures you’ll see).
Now for our loops! Stockings HAVE to be able to hang, right? I made a loop the normal way. Fold your 1 1/2 inch strip right sides together and sew along the rough edge with a 1/4 inch allowance. Then turn it right side out and iron! Easy Peasy! Fold it together playing with the length until your happy with length you want for your stockings. Then cut all the loops the same length.
Shove the loop inside the top between the lining and the front in the back where you want your stocking to hang from.
Now sew along the top (the same 1/4 inch allowance). AND find that hole you left in your lining. Pull the front of the stocking through that hole turning your stocking right side out!
Hand stitch the hole in the lining closed and your now ready to shove the lining back into the stocking!
Done!!! It looks AMAZING! I am SO happy with how they turned out. The colors, the fabric, the ruffle… They turned out JUST how I pictured it in my head when I was designing them. I am in LOVE with my stockings! Now I just need to finish my fireplace and mantel so I have a place to hang them up (half way done with the tiling, building the mantel now!)
And check out these adorable backs!!! I love this candy looking material!
I made 8… I know we only have 6 family members, but as long as your sewing you might as well make extras. You never know when you’ll need one, either for visitors, replacement (with my kids it’s not a bad guess to think one might get ruined) OR an extra family member at some point… ??? JK.