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DIY: Christmas Stockings

How to Make Christmas Stockings
I have never sewn anything until now.  I made my first pair of 
stockings and I did it all on my own.  I had to read the sewing
machine manual first of course, but I managed and completed
my stockings.  I wanted to post it to show you that anyone can
do this.  If I can, anyone can!
Now if you do not own a sewing machine, no problem.
Did you know you can glue this baby with fabric glue instead of sewing it?
You sure can!


Tools and Materials

Chalk pencil
Linen fabric or fabric of your choice
Wide ribbon or strip of fabric 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide & about 30 inches long
Stocking template
Cutting mat/ table
Scissors
Embellishments such as a letter or ornament
Glitter for embellishment etc..
Sewing machine and sewing supplies
Thread
Or ----Fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac
  1. Print stocking, and cut out or trace an old stocking like I did below.
  2. Using chalk, trace stocking template onto 2 pieces of linen.  
  3. Use scissors to cut stocking pattern from fabric.
  4. Assemble stocking layers over each other.  
  5. Pin stocking together. Sew around stocking, 1/4 inch in from edge of linen piece, leaving top open.
  6. Cut a 1-by-8-inch strip of fabric. Gather ends together to form a loop for hanging, and sew inside the stocking, at the back, toward the top.
  7. Another option instead of sewing is by gluing around the edge all around with fabric glue to form stocking.  Press the edges to make sure it sticks well.  Let dry.
  8. Using a wide ribbon or a strip of fabric about 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide and perhaps about 30 inches long, stitch  in the center unto the stocking to gather the fabric forming a ruffle effect as see below. If you already have a ruffled ribbon or fabric piece, you may glue it to your stocking!
  9. Add an ornament for embellishment or create your own with letters and glitter as shown.
DIY Christmas Stockings
This is my first ruffled sewing craft.  I have to admit, it was pretty fun sewing it because
I followed no directions, I just scrunched it up as I went along.  Remember, it doesn't 
have to be perfect to be beautiful. 
DIY Christmas Stockings
DIY Christmas Stockings
glitter letters ornaments
To create this glitter letter effect, use this same method and
for letter templates visit this post.
glitter letters
You may add more decor to your stocking by adding fabric stickers
available at your local craft store such as these snowflakes below.
I personally prefer it with out it.
Handmade Christmas Stockings
All finished with my stockings.
View more here.
Hope that you enjoy!

7 comments :

  1. Very nice job Miss D! They look beautiful.

    Jenny

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  2. Love your stockings and thanks for sharing them with us at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY. I am going to feature them at my party next week:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. LOVELY! I really love the ruffle. I've been making socking too:)
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/12/upcycled-denim-christmas-stocking.html Following your blog now. Follow me too:)

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  4. So Cute! :) I'm visiting from the Deck the Halls link-up. Love the little snowflakes.

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  5. Standing ovation to YOU!!! Great job on your first sewing adventure. They turned out so cute. And I love the glittered letters, too.

    Thanks so much for sharing at the party,
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  6. wow so pretty they are gorgeous i would love it if you came and shared them at my party at
    http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/12/sunday-show-off-linky-party_8.html

    hugs aimee xxx

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  7. I love your stockings! Stop by House on the Way tomorrow to see it featured! Grab a featured button too! Have a great week!

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