Friday, December 13, 2013

Patchwork Christmas Stocking

Sharing a How-To for a patchwork Christmas Stocking is kind of scary for me because I am not great at sewing.  I have, however,  made quite a few of these cheerful sacks through the years and Santa hasn't left any empty, so I guess they are okay in his book.
  They aren't hard even for someone like me.
Here is what I did:
1.  Find a template of a stocking that you like.  You can trace around a stocking you already have or freehand the simple shape yourself allowing for a 1/4-inch seam. Decide on the number of different fabrics and size of squares you want for your stocking.  This one uses four different fabrics and squares cut to 3-inches.  After cutting the squares and arranging in a pleasing pattern, sew into strips using 1/4-inch seam allowance.  Then sew the strips together until you have a piece that is large enough for the stocking pattern.

2 With right sides facing. Pin the patchwork front piece to a solid piece of back fabric with the stocking pattern on top.

3 Cut out, remove pattern and sew down the side, around the bottom and up the other side, leaving the top of stocking open.

4 Using the same pattern, cut out and sew the lining just as you did with the stocking.  Do not turn the lining right side out.

5 Turn stocking right side out.

6 Insert the lining into the stocking matching up the side seams.
7   You can leave the cuff plain or you can embroider a name.

8   Cut the cuff the length to go around the top of the stocking allowing a 1/4-inch seam allowance and as deep as you like (mine is 16-inches x 3.5)

9   Turn bottom edge two 1/4-inch turns and sew.  Sew the cuff side seam

10  Make a loop to hang the stocking.  I made mine 8-inches x 1.5-inches.  Fold in edges, fold in half and sew together,  Fold in half and pin to the inside edge of stocking with the raw edge at the top.

11   Turn cuff right side out

12   Insert cuff into stocking matching side seams.

13   Pin into place and sew cuff to stocking body.

14  Flip cuff to the outside

NOTES:  if desired, you could quilt the squares ~ I did not

My kids keep those grandchildren coming so it sometimes takes me a little time to catch up on a stocking for each of them.  :)
I hand embroidered two names this year and ordered two from a cousin that has an embroidery machine.  You could also cross stitch the name.

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15 comments:

Connie said...

Your socks are adorable and such perfect corners. My favorites are the trio. I like the dark rich Christmas colors :)
Have a wonderful day.
Merry Christmas,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Adrienne said...

Adorable! What sweet grandchild wouldn't be thrilled to find their name on a stocking - filled with surprises and treats from the hands of a loving grandma?
~Adrienne~

Gypsy Heart said...

Totally adorable! You have so many talents ~

xo
Pat

Lea said...

Just too cute and you make it look so easy, but probably would be a challenge for me. :o)) Happy weekend as you prepare for Christmas.

Cheryl said...

These are beautiful, Lorraine! I know they will be treasured by your grandchildren!

And a very happy congratulations on the addition of your sweet new grandboy, Jethro!

Pondside said...

The children must be thrilled to see their names on the stockings and to see that each one is a different sort of patchwork. They are each a labour of love.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your stockings turned out great! Merry Christmastime-enjoy:@)

kitty said...

The stockings are just beautiful and will be treasured forever. Thank you for the tutorial and Merry Christmas!!

EMMA said...

They are amazing!
Thanks for the tutorial. I'm absolutely useless at sewing but I might just try this (and manage to get two done by next christmas).

Brandi said...

How adorable! You are so talented. I'm sure your grandchildren will cherish their stockings for many years.

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lindsey said...

These are beautiful stockings, I made patchwork stocking for our. Grandchildren but I didn't embroider their names on...that is a lovely touch.

Michal Woodruff said...

These are precious. Our pets need new stockings. Love the way you were so careful to make it just right, so as not to waste too much fabric. Very clever. Thanks for sharing.

marie said...

Oh these are so sweet! How blessed your grandchildren are to have these very special stockings!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

These are so pretty! =)
You do a wonderful job!

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