Select some fun fabrics, trim, and even fancy threads. Let’s really push the boundaries for this project!! I chose a pretty traditional color palette of red, green, gold, silver and white. I mixed up lace, velvet, plaid and satin ribbons. I had a few Christmas prints in my stash, so I cut them into various widths and incorporated what ever I thought looked appealing to my eye.
The most important thing to remember as you start to lay out and cut your pieces is which way you want your stocking to hang. I like mine to hang with the toe pointing down to the right. This is very important to keep in mind since you will only be embellishing the front side of the stocking. Cut out 2 pieces of your face fabric, 2 pieces of fleece or batting, 1 piece of fusible interfacing and 2 lining pieces. The fusible interfacing is for the front of the stocking, so make sure to cut it appropriately.
Fuse the front of your stocking and then baste together both of the face fabrics with 1 layer of fleece or batting. Make sure you have a left and a right stocking for the front and the back.
Now for the FUN!! Start laying out your trims, ribbons and fabrics on top of your fabric to create something interesting. I like to lay mine on the diagonal because that looks pleasing to my eye. Make sure to mix up some solid colors and prints for interest. The lettering was stitched onto the solid ribbon then was added to the top of another trim or ribbon to create dimension. I also layered patterned ribbons on plain ribbons with a blanket stitch in a contrasting color treating it as one piece. There are NO rules here. Do whatever you’d like and looks good to you!!
Once you’ve laid out all your embellishments, trims and ribbons, start at the bottom end of your stocking and work across to the top. I’ve always worked this way and find that it’s the easiest way to keep things even and from shifting too much. I start by slightly overlapping the pieces as I go along and stitch it down with matching thread. If there is a raw edge, I sew and flip as I go.
Place the back of the stocking on top of the front section right sides together. Now place both lining pieces on top of that. Stitch around all layers twice. Trim and clip the seam allowances and remove as much of the fleece or batting in the seam allowances as possible.
Turn the stocking inside out in between the 2 lining pieces and measure the top of your stocking for your cuff. Cut a piece of fabric for your cuff the length you measured and add 1/2″ for a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut a 4″ piece of 1/4″ ribbon for the hanging loop.
Sew the cuff seam and then fold the cuff in half and attach to the stocking with the ribbon sandwiched into the seam line at the back cuff seam.
Here’s the finished Christmas Stocking! All the decorative and letter stitching added a personalized touch that I’m very proud of!! A real “one of a kind”. Imagine giving this as a gift at the Holiday’s!!