I was looking for some new Christmas stockings when I found some beautiful quilted stockings. They were pretty expensive and just the personalization of them cost $15. I decided to make my own.
The first thing I did was buy a cheap stocking for $0.75 at the grocery store as my pattern.
I took apart all the pieces and pinned them to my fabric. My stocking was felt so when I cut the fabric I had to add at least 1/4″ for my seam lines.
I cut out two pieces of my main fabric for the front and back, two pieces of red fabric for the inside lining. For the top of the stocking, I cut out two pieces, as well as two pieces for the loop. On all of my pieces I left enough room for a seam line. The nice thing about felt is that you only need one piece and cut edges are perfect how they are. Too bad, it’s not as cute!
The next thing I did was prepare for the quilting of the stocking. Have you quilted before? I haven’t! I always thought it was this hard talent that I would never attain. Now while quilting does take a lot of talent, there are certain types that are quite simple and all you need is a free motion foot or darning foot.
I found mine on Amazon.com and knew it would work with my sewing machine. You can also go to a sewing store and bring your foot or name and model number of your sewing machine and see which foot to buy. Mine cost less than $10 and I’m going to be getting a ton of use out of it!
I laid the batting in between the two pieces of the front part of the stocking and pinned it all together using safety pins.
Since I have never quilted before, I tested out the new foot on some scrap fabric. I did the same thing with the scrap fabric of pinning the pieces together. I used the meandering stitch, and while it isn’t perfect, it still looks okay!
Feeling confident, I quilted the stocking. It took less than 10 minutes and, besides a couple of mistakes, looks pretty good. I trimmed the edges of the quilted piece and then sewed the back of the stocking together. I took the back piece and back lining and did a basting stitch all the way around. Then I pinned the right sides of the front quilted piece to the right side of the back piece. The quilted piece did shrink a little bit after quilting. Keep that in mind when cutting out your fabric.
Then I sewed the two pieces together using a regular stitch with a 1/4″ seam. Then I turned the stocking right side out. One thing I did wrong was sew the entire thing together. Luckily, I ran out of bobbin thread so I didn’t have that much seam ripping to do along the top. Definitely leave the top open!
Now that the main part of the stocking is done, let’s get started on the top part.
I wanted mine to be personalized and as many of you know I LOVE using HeatnBond Ultra Hold for applique projects. The hardest part about this step was choosing the font to trace my letters. I went to a website called www.kevinandamanda.com, where they have tons of free fonts to download and it’s so easy! No more boring fonts for me!
(If you would like a step by step tutorial on how to use Heatnbond or applique, let me know in a comment or email.)
I traced out my letters and cut out my fabric. I used another piece from the 12 Days of Christmas line. Then I ironed it on to where I needed it to be. I suggest putting the top fabric around the bottom piece of the stocking to see where you want the letters to go.
I like the home made look of stitching so I got some embroidery floss and stitched along the edges of my letters.
Then I sewed together the two pieces of the loop, with right sides together, leaving a small opening in the middle of the long edge. Then I brought it right side out and hand stitched the opening closed.
Next I hemmed the short edges of both the pieces of the top with a very small seam. Then I sewed the two pieces together by putting the right sides together, leaving one side open. Remember to stick your loop inside before you sew the two pieces together. Then you bring the entire thing right side out and sew the open end together.
Be careful where you place the loop inside, it might get trapped in the stitching and then you’ll have this -
- and you don’t want this.
I ended up sewing some batting in the top part behind the “MOM”. I am not sure it was necessary, and I am going to try the next one without it.
You should have a long piece for the top with the name on the side. You’re ready to sew onto the bottom piece. I pinned then sewed along the quilted front first. Then it became too difficult to continue with machine sewing, so I hand stitched the back part. Once those were sewn, I machine sewed the two edges of the top together.
And you’re all done!
This stocking only took about a day or two of spare time to make. It was incredibly easier than I thought it would be. If you’ve never tried anything like this before, go for it! It only took about three fat quarters to make, so it’s super cheap too.
You can get most of your supplies at The Ribbon Retreat too! Did you know we have thread? Did you know that if you aren’t sure about matching the color you can ask in the comments section to make sure you chose the closest one? It’s awesome!
I am making two more stockings for my husband and son. I will post those soon!
Let me know if you have ANY questions about the steps or supplies.
Have fun with holiday crafting!