I hope this makes some kind of sense for those who have asked how I did the unlined stockings. Step by step in photos don’t work quite as well as a video but here we go……………………………….
First, (I used unbleached muslin & 80/20-cotton/poly-batting), you will need enough fabric for a quilt “sandwich” that will be the stocking front and a back. I just drew a pattern from a stocking that I had purchased. Some like a longer “foot” part, or some such tweaking. You can make it as you like!I made the pattern and included the seam allowance. I, then, pencil drew around it on the 1 large sandwich. Remember to reverse the pattern piece for the back, especially if your lining (the bottom layer of your ‘sandwich’) is different from the top! My top and lining were both muslin so it really didn’t make any difference except that the decorative thread has to be on the outside not inside!!!!! Don’t cut yet!!!!!! It’s a poor photo, but both stocking pieces (1 reversed) are pencil traced on to the muslin. Pin-baste the layers, select your thread and get ready for the fun part!!! The stitching should fall 1/4” in from the drawn lines. Mine don’t always, which means some of the design will get stitched into the seam allowance. Don’t sweat the small stuff!!!!! It’s ok with me if that happens!!!!! You can see that I was too close but it’s a Christmas Stocking not a quilt going to be judged!!!!!! I use a pinking shears as this allows me to skip the small scissor clips needed when turning a curved edge……slick, eh??????Put the front and back, right sides together, and stitch with a 1/4” seam.If the 2 pieces don’t exactly match up, don’t worry, just make sure all layers get stitched. Next, turn the stocking right side out and finger press the seam to a smooth edge. Measure the top edge (for the cuff)…..mine was 16”. I added 1/2” for seam allowance and another 1/8”to1/4” just for the bulk of the stocking layers. The width of the finished cuff I wanted to be 4”, so I cut it 8” plus 1/2” for seam allowance. So, the cuff piece measured 16”&1/2” by 8”& 1/2”. Sew the short ends together (1/4” s.a.) making a circle. Fold it so that the seam and raw edges match….forming the cuff……Before attaching, a hanging loop is needed. Cut a piece of your (cuff) fabric 1”& 1/2” wide by double the length you want the finish. Fold the long edges to the center and then fold the strip in half, top stitching each edge. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and center it on the back stocking seam (over the seam allowance on the wrong side!), pin. Next, insert the prepared cuff Stitch, using a 1/4” s.a., matching the cuff seam to the back stocking seam (where the loop is pinned). Turn cuff to the right side (the raw edges are totally hidden under the cuff!).
Wha-la!!!! A Christmas stocking…….Let me know if there are any questions. Once you have done this project, the steps go quite quickly for the next(?) ones!!! There might just be time enough to make 1 or 2 or…………. Til next time……….