Chelsie Smith of Elevation Handmade shares how to make a DIY Christmas stocking on the Quilters Candy blog.
Hello, crafty friends and holiday lovers! Are you looking to add a personal touch to your holiday celebrations this year? Then you’ve come to the right place! Today, I’ll show you step-by-step how to make a Christmas stocking from scratch. This DIY Christmas decoration is perfect for all ages and adds a cozy, homemade feel to any fireplace or mantel. The best part? You can fill it with small gifts, candies, and holiday surprises that make the season even more magical. So, let’s gather our supplies and get started on this fun holiday craft project.
Step 1: Get Your Templates Ready
Print and cut out your templates (stocking, cuff, toe, heel, and letter).
Step 2: Cut Your Felt Pieces
Place the heel, toe, cuff, and letter cut templates on top of the felt pieces you want to use. Pin them into place, trace them, and cut the pieces out.
Step 3: Prepare the Fabric
Press your main and lining fabrics. Fold or place the two layers of the main fabric right sides together and lay the stocking template on top, pin in place, trace, and cut the (2) stocking pieces out. Repeat with the lining fabric.
Step 4: Sew the Lining
Leave the lining piece pinned, take it to your sewing machine, and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance around the stocking, leave a 3-4″ opening on one side and leave the top open. Backstitch when starting and stopping.
Step 5: Decorate the Main Piece
On the right side of (1) piece of main fabric, decide which direction you want your stocking to hang, and then lay your felt pieces on and pin them into place.
Step 6: Thread the Needle
Using (3) strands of embroidery floss, tie a knot at the end and thread your needle.
Step 7: Stitch the Felt Pieces
You will stitch using the running stitch along the bottom edge of the cuff, the inside edge of the heel and toe, and around the letter. Hide your knot in the back and secure with a knot at the end.
Step 8: Trim Excess Felt
Once all pieces have been hand stitched on, you can trim the excess felt off if needed.
Step 9: Sew the Main Pieces
Place the two main stocking pieces right sides together and pin them in place. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around the stocking leaving the top open.
Step 10: Turn It Right Side Out
Turn the main stocking right side out. Cut your ribbon 6 1/2″, and fold in half.
Step 11: Attach the Lining
Place the main stocking inside the lining fabric (this will be wrong sides out). Line up the top raw edges and the two side seams, and pin them in place. In between the two layers on the seam of the back edge/heel place the ribbon between the layers line up the raw edges, and pin into place.
Step 12: Finish the Top
Sew the top edge using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Step 13: The Final Turn
Using the opening in the lining fabric pull the stocking/lining fabric right side out. Fold in the raw edges, finger press and sew the opening closed.
Step 14: You’re Done!
Fold the lining into the main stocking fabric. You are all done!
Making your own Christmas stocking not only allows you to add a personal touch to your holiday decor, but it’s also a fantastic way to spend quality time with family and friends. Plus, it’s a versatile craft suitable for all skill levels. Once you’ve made one, you’ll likely want to make more, perhaps even starting a new holiday tradition. Crafting your own stocking gives you full control over the colors, patterns, and overall design, ensuring it’s uniquely yours. It’s not just a stocking; it’s a keepsake that can be cherished for years to come.
Before we delve into crafting, it’s good to know what you might want to put in your stocking. Usually, you’d find small gifts, candies, or even little toys. Creating your own stocking makes it extra special for stuffing with holiday goodies.
For this project, we will use two types of fabric: a main fabric for the external part of the stocking and a lining fabric for the inside. Suitable fabric types include cotton or felt, which are both easy to work with.
You won’t need a lot of fabric. Each stocking requires two pieces of main fabric and two pieces of lining fabric, each measuring 8.5″ x 11″. Less than a yard for each type of fabric should be enough to make a couple of stockings.
December 8, 2023
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