To make one stocking you will need:
- A fat quarter or a piece of fabric cut to a minimum of 46cm x 56cm (18″ x 22″).
- Dressmaking pins
- Stocking pattern printed and cut out. You can use this template and either print it on A2 sized paper or use the measurements to draw it out on brown or wrapping paper.
- Measuring tape
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine (just a basic model will be fine)
- 16 cm of ribbon or webbing about 2.5 cm (1″) wide to match your fabric
- Cotton thread to match your fabric
- Label 2.5cm x 7cm (1″ x 2.75″) Optional
- Fabric transfer paper Optional
Fold the piece of fabric in half widthwise and pin it at the top and bottom so it can’t move around.
Place and pin the pattern to your fabric.
Trace the outline of your pattern onto the fabric with a pencil.
If you are only adding a ribbon or webbing to hang your stocking, measure and mark the point 5cm (12.7″) from the top of the heel side of the stocking. If you are inserting a label like we did measure and mark the point 12 cm (30.5″) from the top.
Using a basic stitch sew on the outline of your stocking up to the 12cm mark if you are using a label or up the the 5cm mark if you are using webbing only. Then cut out your stocking leaving about 2.5 cm (1″) around your stitch line.
Flip open the unstitched flap and position and pin your label and webbing to be flush with the edge of stocking. Close up the flap and stitch up the remaining length of the stocking.
Using a zigzag stitch or overlocker sew around the edge of your stocking to prevent te fabric from fraying.
Fold and turn over the top edge of your stocking and pin it in place to create a 1cm hem at the top.
Stitch the hem close to the folded edge and be careful to keep the webbing out of the way.
Turn your stocking inside out and ta-da! Your very own Christmas stocking ready to hang!
We used our Gingerbread Cookie fabric that has a tag in the design to add each persons name to their stocking. If you want to use the same fabric you can buy it from Spoonflower. Just get a fat quarter for each stocking and choose Cotton Linen Canvas from the fabric options.
Once you have completed sewing your stocking you can add your names using fabric transfer paper. Simply print your names on the paper using a inkjet printer, cut out your names and iron them onto your stocking following the instructions included in the transfer paper.