I decided to make an easy Christmas stocking to hold the toys that I’ve been making for my granddaughter. I haven’t included a template because it’s one of those projects that you can make to any size or design depending on what you want to put in it.
Draw the template
There are no real rules for this: the leg part of the stocking needs to be the widest point, tapering down as you get to the foot section. The foot looks best if the toes are lower than the heel. Don’t make the ankle section too thin or you’ll find it difficult to push gifts down into the foot area.
Cutting the easy Christmas stocking sections
I began by drawing my template on paper, then cut it out and drew round it on two different fabrics – one for the outer stocking and one for the lining. You need two stockings in each fabric – the way that I’m making this is as two separate stockings so that I can insert the lining stocking into the outer stocking to make a durable stocking with no seam allowances showing. I hope it will last a long time.
Embroider the name
I’ve chosen to embroider my grandaughter’s name using satin stiitch. The name needs to go on the top of the lining section – it needs to be upside down so that it will appear right side up when the stocking top is turned over to make a cuff at the top. I considered using cursive script for the name but then decided against it and just embroidered each letter on its own.
Sew the two sections together
Place the two stocking sections for each fabric right sides together and sew all round the edge – apart from across the top of the stocking. Clip into the seam allowance everywhere there’s a curve – mainly the toe and heel sections. You should now have two stockings.
Turn the outer stocking right side out but leave the lining stocking wrong side out. Push the lining stocking inside the outer stocking. Line up the top edges of the two stockings and turn under a small hem. The two hems should both lie between the two stockings so that no raw edges show. Top stitch around the top to hold those hems in place.
Turn out the top edge of the stocking to make a ruff showing the lining fabric. The embroidery is now showing upright and the easy Christmas stocking is ready to be filled with toys.
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