A Christmas Stocking tutorial (repeat…there’s still time)..…….

A repeat of a little project I enjoyed making a while back. Maybe it’s something that will fill a little “need” in your preps??? 

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!Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 007I 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!!!!!! Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 011It’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!!!          Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 012 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!!!!!    Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 014You 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??????Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 015Put the front and back, right sides together, and stitch with a 1/4” seam.Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 016If 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.   Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 017Fold it so that the seam and raw edges match….forming the cuff……Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 019Before 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.Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 021 Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 022Fold 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 Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 023Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 024  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!). Christmas Stocking tute,Payten quilt 025

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……….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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19 Responses to A Christmas Stocking tutorial (repeat…there’s still time)..…….

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Someday I will learn how to do this type of stitching! These are elegant and beautiful, I love them!

  2. My friend came over last night to work on her Christmas stockings. She had picked out a light blue fabric that had lots of silver glitter on it. Boy, was it hard to quilt! The white thread I used was almost invisible! We started last December and only finished one… Yesterday we finished the remaining three! All nice and glitzy!
    We used the same technique you describe in your tutorial! It is a wonderful reference, thank you!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I can’t tell you how that pleases me!!! I know that I have tried other processes and this one works the best and gives the nicest finish…for me. Success is always sweet and even more so when shared!!!! Hugs………

  3. mtetar says:

    Thank you for sharing I needed it. Blessings Always, Mtetar

  4. Fiona says:

    a Christmas stocking covered with feather quilting… just perfect

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hello, Fiona!!! And Christmas Blessings to you and your family!!!! Yes! The stocking/feather pairing is THE perfect match-up!! LOL!!!! (in our world anyhow , eh???) Hugs……..

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    Your gorgeous feathers make it so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Raewyn says:

    I love it – what a great idea! Thank you for the tutorial!

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are welcome~~this method is so easy to achieve a very nice finish that making several at one time (marking on a large piece of yardage, quilting, then cutting) is quite do-able. Enjoy!!!!!

  7. I made my stocking already and mailed it to Son, full of lots of treats. He has strict instructions to not open the package until Christmas day. And since he is out of the country until Christmas Eve, (where? “uh, probably Europe and then the Middle East”) I think it’s safe. No other stockings needed until we have more family members added. At this rate, that will be a while.

  8. Rosemaryflower says:

    Very elegant.

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