How to make a Stocking?

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I guess you can say I’ve always been frugal in some way or another.   I might not have used coupons as much as I do now and I didn’t always reach for the lowest out of pocket expense but I loved to make crafts with scrap fabrics.  Did I mention that I like to quilt?   I haven’t had much time since I have a little girl, but I do love to sew.

You may have seen my post on – How to make a Baby Bib? A super easy project that you can make in about 15 minutes as long as all of your supplies are in reach. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a pretty stocking right before you need to set them up for  tomorrow night!  What perfecting timing, if I say so myself.

These are pictures I took last Christmas season when I made my daughter’s stocking.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/4 yard of 1 or 2 matching fabrics
  • Matching Thread
  • Matching Ribbon to hang the stocking
  • Needle or Sewing Machine
  • Trim (optional)
  • Tracing Paper or Fabric pattern material or plain paper

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Step 1:  Create a stocking pattern.   You can create one by free hand or by tracing an existing stocking.  Use the tracing paper or fabric pattern material.  Make sure you add at least a 1/2 inch seam allowance.   Layout the fabric you want to make the body of the stocking –  right sides facing each other.  Cut 2.

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Step 2:   After cutting 2 stocking pieces together take the pattern off the fabric and make sure the fabric is pinned.

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Step 3:  Create the cuff of the Stocking.   Take the second fabric and make a decision as to where you want the stocking cuff to end.

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Make sure you include a 1/2 seam allowance.  Pin the pattern to the fabric –  2 sides facing each other.  Cut 2.

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Step 4:  Sew the body of the stocking leaving the top open.

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Step 5:  Sew one side of the cuff.  See above.

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Step 6:  Now for the fun part!  Adding the optional Trim.   Open up the Cuff – right side facing up, and place the trim with the rope trim pointed up and the sewing trim pointed down up against the sewing seam of the Cuff.  See above.

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Step 7:  You are welcome to do this by hand but I love using my sewing machine.   This will take you no time at all when you use your zipper foot like I did here.   Move your needle to the far left and sew as close to the rope trim as possible.  If you decided not to add the rope trim just turn the bottom of the cuff up about 1/2 inch and sew.  Simple hem.

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Here is the result after sewing the rope trim to the cuff.  Super easy!   Now, sew the side of the cuff to the other side – right sides facing.

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Step 8:  Next attaching the Cuff to the Stocking body.  This is a lot easier then you might think.   Take the Cuff and lay it out like I have – right side out.   Take the Stocking and lay it out like I have – wrong side out.    Then place the cuff seam against the top of the Stocking body.   Then pull the Cuff – wrong side showing – over the Stocking body.   Sew the seam together.

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Above is a picture of the final seam after it is sewn.

IMG_4511Merry Christmas!

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