Thursday, December 9, 2010

Easy Stocking Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a super EASY method for making lined stockings.

This little stocking is a festive way to hold gift cards, some treats, or any other small gift you want to dress-up a little.  The great thing about this method though, is that you can blow-up the stocking pattern and make stockings as big as you want by following the same, easy process. (And who doesn't sometimes want new, hip stockings to impress Santa?)

So start by printing the stocking pattern (click here for template) -or designing one of your own.  Fabric requirements need to be enough fabric to cut two stocking shapes from two different fabrics. For this size stocking you will need an 11" x 14" piece of fabric for front and back outside pieces and another 11" x 14" piece for front and back lining pieces.  (1 Fat Quarter would be enough for all four pieces, but they would all be the same.)
With wrong sides together, cut TWO stocking shapes of both your outside fabric and your cuff/liner fabric.  IMPORTANT: make sure your toe faces both directions for each fabric. (This is why matching wrong sides together will help you get pieces facing both directions.)
 Now pair up one outside fabric with one lining/cuff fabric with the toes pointing the same direction like this. (See picture above.) Match the outside fabric and lining fabric from each set right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along the top of the two pieces. Open pieces up and press seam open. Repeat for back side.
Now match front and back pieced units right sides together with outside fabrics matched up and lining fabrics matched up. Center seams should match up too. Pin to hold two sides together. Leaving a space in the lining fabric for turning right side out, sew all the way around the outside edge of the stocking pieces (-where gray line is drawn.) Click on picture to see closer view.

I sewed a 1/4" seam allowance around the outside [polka-dot fabric] and 3/8" seam allowance around the green lining fabric, except the space left open for turning. This will help remove some of the bulk of the lining fabric. But if that's too confusing, just sew 1/4" for all.
Before you turn everything right-side out, cut notches in the curves - especially the toe. This will help the toe look nicer when finished.  Be careful not to clip through the seam.
On the liner side, clip the fabric close to the seam.
This will also help remove some bulk on the lining.
Now pull everything right-side out.  Carefully shape the outside part until the curves look good and press. Tuck the open ends into the stocking and topstitch the opening closed.
Now carefully tuck the lining inside the stocking.
Optional: Top stitch around the top edge for a more finished look.
Fold cuff down and carefully shape stocking.
Optional: add decorative trim if you want.  
I just used Elmer's Craft glue to put on some ric rac.
And you're done! I suggest making a practice stocking just to see how it comes together and I guarantee each stocking you make after that will get faster and easier. You could easily make a bunch in one afternoon.

38 comments:

Annette said...

Great tutorial. I will absolutely try out this one. I will have visitors from home coming this Christmas, for the first time since I moved abroad ten years ago. To make a pretty stocking for everyone to bring home feels like a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I am so happy I found your blog. You have helped me a lot getting into this wuilting and sewing world.

Annette said...

oh, and I did make a table runner just like yours, teh stripy one, for Christmas that I just blogged about. But I did the top layer seperate, didn't quilt it together at once. I was to scared to try it... Silly me. Next time I will.

Quiet Quilter said...

Such an easy tutorial! I've made stockings before with linings and had to go almost word by word when sewing and making the lining. This is so much clearer! Thanks!

ktquilts said...

Thanks so much, I am going to try to squeeze in a few of these for Bath & Body gifts!!! Thanks so much!!

Kara said...

This is a great method for making stockings! And I love the fun fabric you used. Thanks for linking up, I have a feeling you're going to be featured. ;)

Trudi said...

This is a great tute! Thanks, I'm going to have to make a bunch of these for last minute gifties :)

snippetsandyarns said...

cute! cute! cute! & simple! I may have to use these to "wrap" my gifts in this year, rather than paper.

Thanks for such a simple tutorial, you make it look so easy! :-)

~ Meagan

natasha | sohobutterfly said...

Thank you!! I'm making some tonight!!

Andy said...

Just today I was thinking that I should make some new stockings for my family this year. You're right - this is an easy tutorial! Thanks for doing all of the brain work for me :-)

Anna said...

woo hoo - right on time!!! I just started cutting out some mini-stockings for an ornament swap and was trying to figure out a quick easy way to put in the linings - thank you so much!!

Dena said...

These stockings are so cute! Thank you for the tutorial.

seaschell said...

I have been looking at stocking tutorials for several days, and this is the only one that makes sense to me. Thank you so much!

Diane H said...

Thanks for this great tutorial! Last year I attempted a stocking and it took forever!!!

sunny said...

Fantastic! I just made a lined stocking, but this looks so quick and easy. Can't wait to try it.

VickiT said...

What a great tutorial. Thank you SO much. I have a bunch of stockings I'm supposed to make and have been afraid to start because of the problems I've seen so many others have. I wanted to make really nice looking ones too with a lining so this is wonderful.
Have a wonderful holiday.

Mystica said...

Thank you for the very clear instructions re the tutorial!

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SHEILA said...

This is such an easy tutorial for lined Christmas stockings. And no seams showing! I understand it completely and san't wait to make one. Thank you for sharing.

Cara said...

Great tutorial! I love your blog - so many great projects.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

cuter than cute. What a good simple tutorial.

Jenna (jennalynnsews@yahoo.com) said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I tried it out this weekend for a secret santa gift and it turned out SUPER cute! Thanks again! I will be using this one a lot!

Jenna

emedoodle said...

I love this! When it was posted on Ucreate it was stuck in my head all day until I could get to the machine to make one! I'm not sure if mine turned out as well as yours... mostly because my printer is shot so I just winged it and drew it out about the size yours looked! It still turned out pretty darn cute for just a few minutes worth of sewing! :)

Quiltstory said...

These are sooo cute, I love the idea of them as neighbor gifts! Thanks for sharing!!

Judy said...

What a great tutorial. I can't wait to try this. I linked over from finding fabulous. I am your latest follower. Can't wait to see what else you have. I'd love for you to come check out my blog and follow me back. www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks.

Mary said...

Thanks for this easy and fun tutorial! I made 5 stockings for my family in one night using this. It's so fast and they turned out very cute!

Jody of Because I'm Me said...

Easy and pretty. I love it and plan to put a few together ASAP! Thanks.

KaHolly said...

THANKS!

Kris said...

I am so happy to have found this! I just used it to make one, thank you so much!!

Ms Kate said...

What a neat idea, great tutorial, thanks!

Stephanie said...

Love this tutorial! Just made a practice stocking and it turned out perfect!! Plan on making a bunch more! Thank you!

Quiltomatic said...

What an ADORABLE tutorial! I just whipped one up, and have a few more cut, your stocking pattern is perfect :o)

I have a question though, I want to make mine 'hangable' - but due a severe mind-block when it comes to spatial awareness and turning things right ways out etc. I couldn't for the life of me think when or where to stitch in a little loop into the lining or outer pieces?? Could you help at all?

Thank you so much, and merry (early) Christmas greetings!

Emma

Christian, Megan & Connor said...

Just made 10 stockings for the family this year, everyone is getting a handmade ornament and a gift card! Love the tutorial. I added a loop in the lining and it turned out so cute! Thanks!

Jamie said...

WONDERFUL! very easy to understand and makes the idea of making my own stockings less daunting :) Will be doing this for sure!

Tina said...

This is a great tutorial, thanks! Emma, I too was trying to figure out where to sew the loop. I think I am going to sew them as is and then when they are finished I will sew a loop on with a button.

Tina

amy smart said...

Great questions about the loop. The only way I've figured out to attatch a loop because of the fold down cuff, is so sew it right at the top of the lining after the stocking itself is completed. You should be able to hid the stitches on the outside underneath the fold down cuff.

Annette Palmer said...

Someone shared this with me today online. Thank you, I love it!

Lindsey said...

Thank-you SO much for this tutorial. I've wanted to make stockings for my family but it seemed so arduous and confusing. Today I made 6 stockings in no time! You are the best!

Nell said...

I've attached the loop with a bit of twill tape and a button --love the tutorial also, thank you!

Sandie said...

wow! This tutorial was FANTASTIC and totally saved my bacon... tonight! On Christmas Eve! When we realized that our box of stocking things never got to the new house... And my poor kids were sad to think there would be no stockings to hang. We raided my fabric stash and had fun whipping these things out. Took about an hour to make 4 of them. THANK YOU so much! ♥