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Friday, December 16, 2011

Tutorial: Simple DIY Christmas Stocking

I wanted to make stockings for my kids last year and didn't get around to it...so this year it finally got done! They are so easy and cheaper that way too. I couldn't believe the prices on some I saw in the stores as compared to the cost of making your own, and you can personalize it however you want. So here is my take on a simple DIY stocking. I realize that some people would not need a tutorial for this but it always helps me to have a visual with lots of detail, even for something fairly simple to make.
You will need...
Fleece (1/2 yard is plenty for one stocking, you may have enough for two actually)
Coordinating cotton or fleece in a different color 1/4 yd.
Heat n Bond if you choose to applique, any other embellishments of your choice

I chose fleece for my stocking because it is thick enough that you don't need any kind of lining inside, which meant less work for me! I am not generally a fan of patterns especially when I can just trace around something I already have. I wanted this stocking to be a little smaller so I traced right around the edge with a pen. Even if you don't have a stocking you can just freehand it. Cut through both layers of fleece so you have two matching pieces.
Next you will need to cut two pieces of whatever you want the top of your stocking to be. To do this, I folded my fabric in half lengthwise and cut out the pieces the same width as the stocking. Then I cut the bottom edge so they measured 4.5 inches tall FOLDED in half. Once again, just easier to do it this way.
So you should have 4 pieces cut that look like this:
Next fuse and cut out whatever you are going to put on the stocking - I did a little tree for this one. You may want to lay your top piece on the stocking to see how far down it will come when attached. Iron on to your stocking piece and stitch around the border. Note - it is a lot easier to do this step before you have the stocking all sewn together. Just sayin'. ;)
Pin your stocking and top pieces along the sides, with right sides together, and stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.
You may want to notch your stocking at the curves just so it will lay nicely when turned right side out. Press the seams of your top piece and fold it right side out. An optional step would be to run a loose basting stitch along the rough edge just to hold it together when pinning. Put the top piece inside the stocking and pin around the edge. Cut about an 8 inch strip of ribbon and fold it in half without twisting. Pin between the stocking and top with the ends sticking out a little bit.
Sew along  the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, turn top out and you are done! Admire your work and go make a few more :)
Hope I didn't leave anything out. This was a fun little project that you can fancy up to your choosing. You could add names, letters, ric rac, pompoms, glitter, rhinestones, whatever your little heart desires. Just have fun!