Brian had the holiday fever last week and decided he wanted to make some Christmas stockings, much to my amusement. I gave him a crash course on how to use the sewing machine, and went with him to the fabric store to get a bunch of fat quarters. He made the stockings below in a single night. Not bad for a first time sewer! Santa would be proud.
To make this kind of Christmas stocking you will need:
a sewing machine
First, cut a piece of interfacing using a stocking template. Or you can easily draw one yourself. Brian made his own template and gave it a modern twist. Cut out two shapes, one a mirror image of the other. Then, cut all your fabric into thin strips and randomly arrange them on the interfacing.
Once you’re happy with the pattern, fold all the unfinished edges down about 1/4 inch and press with an iron. Arrange them back on the interfacing. Overlap each fabric strip about 1/4 inch. Iron onto the interfacing, and then cut the ends to follow the shape of the stocking. The interfacing helps stiffen up the fabric, which helps the stocking hold its shape.
Using a zigzag stitch, sew along the seams.
Next, arrange two stocking shapes so that the front sides are facing each other and the interfacing is out. Sew along the sides leaving the top open. You can use a straight stitch for this part, instead of the zigzag stitch shown in the photo below. Brian had left a bit of fabric at the top so he could fold it down and have a finished edge at the opening.
When done sewing all around, turn your stocking inside out.
Next, fold a small strip of fabric and attach to one end of the opening.
And you’re done! Wash, rinse and repeat.
These stockings are awesome, if I may say so!