First, you need to download the paper pattern and print it in color (preferably) on your home printer on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Follow the directions on the pattern pieces to cut out and tape your patterns together. Be sure your printer is set to “actual size” so the pattern prints to actual size and not smaller than intended. Click Christmas Stocking Pattern from Jittery Wings to download the pattern pieces.
- 1/2 Yard of Exterior Main Fabric
- 1/4 Yard of Exterior Contrast Fabric
- 1/2 Yard of Lining Fabric
- 1/2 Yard of Pellon Fusible Fleece
- 1 Button 1/2″ to 1″ in size.
- Needle and Thread to sew on the button.
Once your paper pattern pieces are together, cut out your fabric. These directions are also on the paper pattern. Next, fold the Pellon Fusible Fleece over like you did the fabric and with the Lining Paper Pattern Piece, cut two at a time.
MAKING THE EXTERIOR PANELS:
Step 1: NOTE: If you would like to add an embellishment to separate the contrast piece from the main piece, this is the step to do that. I added some pink pompoms. To do this, BEFORE sewing the contrast piece on, line up the edge of the pompoms and use a really LONG stitch (a basting stitch – like a 5 or 6 length) to baste the pompoms in place with a longer stitch length.
NOTE: In this picture, I moved the edge of the pompom down to line it up with the ½” seam allowance so that the completed exterior of the stocking would not be too big. If your pompoms or ribbon are wide, you may not need to do this. I used a zipper foot to stitch this down.
Step 2: If you don’t want embellishments, start here. Gather the corresponding Exterior Main and Exterior Contrast. Lay them out so you can see they are matched to the correct side and in the correct direction. Fold the Contrast down over the top of the main and pin or clip in place. Sewing using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open (unless you have embellishments, then press contrast back up toward the top of the stocking). If you have embellishments use a zipper foot. If not, use your regular foot.
Step 3: Fuse the Pellon Fusible Fleece to the back side of the new complete Exterior Main pieces for the stocking. The bumpy side of the fusible is the side with the glue. That side should be matched to the wrong side of the exterior main pieces. Press with a hot iron until glue is set. Follow manufacturer’s directions. Use a pressing cloth to protect your iron. Steam will often help the glue set.
Step 4: Lay out your lining and exterior pieces like in the image below. The goal here is to make sure that one lining piece and the corresponding exterior piece are matched correctly.
Step 5: Then place the lining piece, right sides together, with the exterior main piece and clip along the top edge.
Step 6: Stitch these matched edges on both sets using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 7: Open up the seam and press the seam open.
Step 8: Lay the two sewn together pieces back out like in the image below, with the right sides together. Except…I want you to match up all the edges. I didn’t match them in the picture so you could see how they are suppose to be together.
Step 9: Begin clipping or pining in place around the entire matched up piece. Begin with the two matched seams. Match up the “line” between the top and bottom pieces so the seams will line up when you sew them.
As you are matching and clipping or pinning edges, leave a 4″ opening on the edge of one side of the lining. This will be the birthing hole. In the image below, my birthing hole is marked with two white tipped flower pins. I started sewing at one and when all the way around with a 1/2″ seam allowance until I got back to the second one.
When sewing curved edges go REALLY slow. Make your stitch length smaller in the curves. You may need to stop often and reposition your pieces under your foot so they don’t bulk up. Just stop and lift your presser foot a tad to turn a smidgen and straighten out your fabric.
This is what it looks like sewn.
Step 10: Trim the seams all the way around (expect at the opening of the birthing hole) to 1/8″. This will remove the bulk from inside the stocking.
Step 11: Reach into the birthing hole and begin pulling the farthest toe out through it. See the images below for the progressing of birthing your stocking. Use a long straight pointer with a rounded end to help you push out the edges of the seams all the way around to smooth out your stocking.
Step 12: We need to sew up the birthing hole. Press the opening so that the raw edges are tucked down inside the seam like they would be if you had sewn it. Either hand stitch the opening closed or using an 1/8″ top stitch, close up the hole.
Step 13: Stuff the stocking lining down into the exterior and smooth out the top edge. Give the stocking a good press.
Step 14: Now let’s make our hanger. The green rectangle from the pattern pieces is your hanger. There are instructions for how to press this to make the hanger ready to sew the top stitching all the way around it. The process looks like the images below.
Step 15: Top stitch 1/8″ around the four folded edges of the hanger. Remember to increase your stitch length when you top stitch.
Step 16: Fold the hanger over and using a button to stitch it on to the outside of the top of the stocking. (I used a grommet instead of a button)
You are done!!!! Be sure to post pictures on social media and tag me with @jitterywings. I can’t wait to see your stockings!