21st January 2013

Make an Embellished Christmas Stocking

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Are you getting in the Christmas mood now “’tis the season”? This is a quick project which is great for beginners and experts alike. It makes a great project to customise meaning you can enjoy testing out creative ideas with your Oekaki Renaissance machine! It’s also a great project for using up those pretty Christmas fat quarters of fabric. There are so many options!

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Supplies

  • Fabric of choice
  • Lining fabric
  • Wadding (optional)
  • Thread
  • Contrast fabric for cuff
  • Newspaper/tissue paper/waste card
  • Small piece of ribbon

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Point turner (useful)
  • Pins
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler

Optional Extras

  • Trim
  • Pom Poms
  • Felt shapes
  • Appliqués or iron-on patches
  • Bells
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Now, to start! I’m using this pretty Christmas tree fabric and lining the stocking with plain red cotton. For the cuff, I’ve gone for a cute spotty fabric. I’m also using thick wadding in mine, (not so much space for presents but will look fab on the fireplace!) As a quick decoration I’m appliquéing this cute felt scottie dog onto the stocking. I’ve also found some fuzzy wool trim that I think would look great on the stocking cuff. I’ve chosen a “Handmade with Love” ribbon for my hanging loop.

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Making a template

To start it’s a good idea to draw up a template for our stocking shape. Using newspaper, or tissue paper or even some waste card, draw your stocking shape. Bear in mind that you will lose 1.5cm around all the edges for the seam, so it might be an idea to draw your shape and then use a ruler to add the extra seam allowance. Once you’re done, cut the paper template out.

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Using the paper template you need to cut your fabrics. In order to get two pieces the same and with the pattern the right way, fold the fabric so that you have two layers. Then pin the template on and cut the following:

2 x lining pieces
2 x front fabric pieces
2 x wadding pieces

You should now have 6 pieces in your stocking shape.

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Next up, measure the top of the stocking across with your ruler. Mine was 20cm. Double this measurement and make a note of it. Next decide how deep you want the cuff to be. I chose 8cm deep. Double this and make a note of it. With your numbers, cut a rectangle to these dimensions (mine was 40cm x 16cm). You only need to cut one.

Set all pieces aside except for: 1 main fabric piece, 1 lining fabric piece, 1 piece of wadding.

Decoration time

Now is the time to decorate! First layer the pieces together so that you have a lining piece, a wadding piece and a front fabric piece layered together, right sides out. This is often called a “quilt sandwich” in quilting. You may like to tack loosely around the edges to keep the layers in place. I prefer to use pins.

From here you can start decorating your piece. Remember you will be losing 1.5cm on each side of the shape, so don’t go too far off the edges. Maybe you could add ric-rac trim, or do some embroidery stitches on your Oekaki. I’ve chosen to sew on this pre-cut felt shape. It’s an easy way to make an impact quickly! Pin it on and stitch carefully.

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Completing the stocking body

The next part can be a little tricky. It involves layering all the pieces together properly. Start by placing the lining piece, then a piece of wadding, then your main fabric. Then place your decorated piece face down, followed by a layer of wadding, and finished with your lining. You will essentially have the main outside fabrics on the inside and the lining on the outside.

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Stitch all the way round the edge apart from the top. You will want to pin carefully in place and you may want to tack first. It can be tricky, I recommend increasing your stitch length but do whatever feels good to you. Work all the way around with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Make sure to leave the top open or where will the presents go?

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Once you have sewn all the way around, trim the seam allowance down so there isn’t too much bulk. You might like to do this with pinking shears. Don’t get too close and definitely don’t snip across the stitches!

Making the cuff

Grab the rectangle piece you cut earlier. Fold in half width-ways with patterned sides together. Sew down one side with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Then press the seam outwards with an iron.

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Next turn the piece halfways inside out and fold across the top so that you have a tube with the right side on the outside. Give it a good press to keep the seams flat.

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Grab your stocking, still inside out, and place the cuff over the top matching the raw edges of the cuff with the raw edges of the top of the stocking. Pin in place and sew all around the top. When you are done, turn the stocking inside out and fold the cuff down. You might like to leave 1cm of the cuff folded inwards to hide the seam. Press with your iron until you are happy with the shape of the cuff. Finally, sew a little ribbon loop onto one side. And… you’re done!

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The Finished Result

How cute! Your stocking is complete and is ready to stuff full of presents.

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Made this? Let us know!

We’d love to see what you make with any of our tutorials. Feel free to email us your Christmas stockings at social@oekakiworld.com or get in contact on Facebook or Twitter.

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