October 16, 2012

A Scrappy Classic Stocking

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my first project for the Holiday Craft Bash.  We are going to have so much fun over the next six weeks!  I hope you get a chance to make some of the projects that Meredith, Jacey, Jessica and I will be sharing with you.  If you do, don't forget to add them to the Flickr group - there will be a prize each week drawn from those sharing on Flickr.  Also, feel free to grab our blog button over there on the left :)

Scrappy neutrals are one of  my quilting loves - they make me happy every time I see them.  You can see some other scrappy neutrals I've created here, here, here and here.  I chose a classic creamy neutrals and deep red color scheme as it goes well with my fairly traditional family room.  My living room is more modern, but the fireplace is in the family room :)

A note about a couple of options for you before we dive into the tutorial.  I didn't quilt this stocking as I felt it had enough body with all the piecing seams.  If you would like to quilt your stocking, I would recommend using a very lightweight batting or flannel as you don't want it to get too stiff and hard to manipulate.  An alternative to the appliqué would be to embroider the name on the stocking.  It would also be fun to substitute some cute ribbon for the fabric hanger I used.  OK - here it is:

Assorted scraps for the body of the stocking:  1/2 - 1 yard
Cuff:  15 1/4" x 8"
Appliqué fabric for name:  2" x 6"
Hanger:  6" x 1"
Lining:  2 10" x 15" pieces of fabric
2" x 6" two sided fusible webbing such as Steam-A-Seam

Hint:  If you don't often use the free arm on your machine, this is a good time to do it :)

Stocking Body

    Piece your scraps together until you get two pieces of made fabric that measure about 10" x 15".  I pieced my scrap strips together into three sets of four and then cross cut them to strips from 1" wide to 2 1/4" wide.

    Print out the PDF templates and tape them together where the lines cross.  Cut out on the line.

Place your two pieces for the stocking body right sides together, lay the template on top and trace around it.  Cut out the stocking.
Repeat for the lining.

Sew the stocking pieces right sides together, leaving the top of the stocking open.
Repeat for the lining.
Turn the stocking body right side out.  Press.  Insert the lining (wrong sides out) inside the stocking matching seams.  Baste the top raw edges together.

Cuff and appliqué.
Using a removable marking pencil or some tape, mark a rectangle that is 1" and 7" from the left short edge of your cuff and 1" and 3" up from the bottom edge of the cuff.  This leaves a 2" x 6" space for appliquéing your name.
From your computer, print out the name you wish to appliqué.  I used Segoe Script font at 100 point.  You may need to adjust the size depending on the font you choose and/or the length of your name.

Normally, you need to reverse an image when you use fusible appliqué.  My computer does not like to reverse text so here's how I get around it.  Usually when you trace your appliqué design onto the fusible, you trace it onto the side that is stuck to the webbing the most (because you remove the other paper to stick it to the fabric).  So, instead, I traced my name in normal orientation onto the paper that removes the most easily.  Then, I flip the fusible over and trace through the fusible onto the paper side that is stuck to the webbing the most.  Next, remove the paper side that is easiest to remove - with the name in readable orientation and stick the web to the wrong side of your appliqué fabric.

Cut out the name and fuse it to the cuff.
Stitch in place.  Because the writing is so narrow and a stocking will not receive a lot of wear, I just straight stitched along the center of the letters.

Press under 1/4" twice on the long edge under the name.  Stitch in place.
Place the short ends right sides together and stitch.  Turn the cuff right side out.

Stocking Assembly
Place the stocking cuff around the stocking so that both right sides are facing out.  Stitch around the stocking edge, matching the cuff seam with the back seam of the stocking.  Press.
Fold the cuff so that the hem just covers the body/cuff seam. (see the picture at the top of the post)

Fold your hanger in half lengthwise, press. 
Open it out and fold the long raw edges in to meet the first fold.
Fold again along the first fold so that the raw edges are inside.  Stitch down along the edge.
Fold the hanger in half and stitch to the inside back seam of the cuff.  (Pay special attention to your bobbin thread color here if you want to hide it as much as possible).

Admire your stocking for a while and then hide it away so you can surprise your loved ones when the time comes to pull out the stockings :) 

Be sure to check out MeredithJacey, and Jessica's stockings too.  How long have you been meaning to make new ones?  (Several years for me!)


  1. Great tutorial! And beautiful finish!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial Debbie. Love the scrappy neutrals.

  3. It's lovely! You and I were on the same page with the scrappiness for this project! And I love the scripted applique. How cool!

  4. Super cute, I love a handmade stocking!