Christmas Stockings

I made some beautiful quilted stockings for a friend, and a couple for a gift exchange.  They turned out well, and are very easy to make! In my last post I said that I would get you directions for how to make your own quilted stockings, so here we go:Christmas stockingsMaterials:

  • Numerous fabrics to strip quilt the stocking front (a fat quarter of each is sufficient)
  • 1/3 yard of material for stocking back
  • 1/3 yard of material for lining
  • 1/3 yard of batting
  • Stocking to trace for a pattern or download one from the web

First, cut out strips of fabric for the strip-quilted front of the stocking.  Mine were two inch strips.  For my stocking pattern to fit, I needed 13 strips.

Lay out the strips and then sew together using a 1/4″ seam.

strip quiltingPress the seam allowance one direction, just to make it easier to sew.back of strip quilting

After you have enough strips for your stocking pattern to fit, cut out your stocking front.  Remember to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance if your pattern doesn’t include it.Stocking frontCut out the remaining pieces for the stocking so that it can be assembled:  1 stocking back, 2 batting and 2 lining.

All pieces

Arrange your “outside” stocking pieces so that they can be sewn together:  1 layer of batting, topped with the stocking back, topped with the stocking front (right sides together) and topped with the final layer of batting.Stocking layersSew together using a 1/4″ seam.  Trim/clip curves.  SewnTurn right side out and iron.right side outNext, assemble the lining.  Place the lining pieces right sides together and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  On one side of the stocking, leave a 3-5″ gap.liningLeave the lining as is, and do not turn right side out at this point.  Stuff the outside of the stocking into the lining.  Right sides should be together.  IMG_0975Line up the top edges so that they can be sewn together.  If you want to add a ribbon or bias tape to hang the stocking, do so now.  The looped part will be placed between the lining and the quilted layer, with the loop pointed down and the ends of the loop into the seam.  Match seams and pin into place.Line up edgesSew around the edge, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Reinforce seam where ribbon or bias tape hanger is located in the seam.Sewing edgesTurn right side out using the gap that you left in the stocking lining.  Lining and stockingHand sew the opening closed.  Iron the lining flat, and then insert into the “outside” of the stocking.  Iron again, and you are done!Christmas stockingsSuch a simple, but beautiful way to decorate for Christmas.  And functional, too!

A couple of notes:  The outside could be more elaborate with quilted blocks or even an appliquéd design.  The assembly would still be the same after the front of the stocking was completed.

I also added my label to the inside of the stocking, rather than drawing attention to it on the outside.  I sewed it into place prior to assembling the lining.  One could also add a secret pocket to the lining for money or other Christmas treasures.  The sky’s the limit!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~IngridSanta Pic

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

I can’t believe there are only five days until Christmas!  I always seem to have a few projects to get done around the holidays, and this year was no exception.  It’s really too bad that I usually give these items as gifts or donations items…one of these days I should really focus on sewing for myself!

I made this beautiful Christmas table runner for my Soroptimist International of Helena holiday gathering and auction.

Christmas table runnerThe pattern is from the Recipe Bunny blog.  She had a great tutorial on layout with yardage and instructions.  It was very easy to follow, and fairly quick to make.

I’ve also made quite a few of these stockings.  I need to make my youngest son his own stocking, so this was a nice project to get things going.  I took enough pictures that I will probably make a tutorial for my next post…hopefully before Christmas!

Christmas stockingsNext up (before Christmas) are pajamas for the boys for Christmas eve, then a Christmas stocking for G so that he doesn’t have to have one of the dog’s old Christmas stockings…I think if he knew, he might be offended…but then again, he’s not even 2.

Merry Christmas!

~Ingrid