Each year at Christmas I like to make some special personalized items to add to our Christmas decorations. Last year I made personalized photo ornaments and this year I wanted to make a new set of personalized Christmas stockings. You can see our old stockings here at my 2o13 Home Tour, I liked them, but they were cutesy, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some new stockings that would grow with our decor no matter the color I chose to go with.
I’m so excited to bring you week 2 of the One Item Challenge!
This week the team is of course working with Fabric. Our friends over at the Online Fabric Store have generously sponsored today’s post so we could all bring you some inspiration to put your fabric to use.
These Christmas stockings are the perfect beginner project, they are super easy to make. First you will need to grab this stocking template from Moda Bake Shop.
Print out the template-I took it to a print shop and had it printed on a 17″ piece of paper. I retraced the curve of the toe and heel onto a scrap of paper to make those pattern pieces.
(makes 4 Christmas Stockings)
- 1 yard main fabric I used Premier Prints Ikat Dot in Grapevine Grey
- 1 yard white broadcloth
- 1/4 yard of Muslin
- 1/4 yard of medium weight interfacing (or fusible web)
- Coordinating thread
- 1/2 yard of Ribbon for hangers
How to make Personalized Christmas Stockings
1. Fold the main fabric in half and trace the stocking 4 times. Cut out. Repeat with the white broadcloth.
2. Iron interfacing to the back of the Muslin. Trace toe and heel pattern onto fabric and cut out.
2. Serge or zig zag the raw edge of the inside curve of each. Iron under, and align with the toe and heel. Top stitch in place.
3. Place broadcloth right sides together on top of main fabric and stitch along the top with 1/4″ seam. Repeat with front and back side of stocking.
4. Unfold and press fabric.
5. If you choose to add trim to the stocking now is the time to do it. I simply pressed a long strip of muslin into pleats, pinned it on, and stitched down the centre. Then added a cotton bow detail.
6. To add a hanger onto your stocking cut a 5″ strip of ribbon. Fold in half and place diagonally with the cut end facing the raw edge, at the top of the stocking.
7. Sandwich all layers together with right sides facing, pin and serge around the parameter. Alternatively if you do not have a serger you can follow this method from Diary of a Quilter, her method rocks!
8. Flip and press seams flat. Viola, beautiful Christmas stockings!
To easily make these personalized Christmas stockings I cut tags from a scrap piece of meranti board I had and painted them with grey craft paint. A little scuff with sand paper around the edges gave a perfect distressed look. I then cut 4×6 black and white photos down to size and Mod Podged them directly to the wood tags. (If you’ve never Mod Podged before you can check out this tutorial).
A simple piece of crochet ribbon allows you to tie the photo tags to the stocking loop, making the perfectly personalized Christmas decoration.
These Christmas stockings look quite sharp hanging from the new DIY Stocking holders I shared earlier this week… if I do say so myself.
I’m actually in love with the whole set up, I can’t wait to get them up (at my own house, this pretty fireplace belongs to my friend Jill!)
I’m so glad you joined in for week no. 2 of the One Item Challenge! I’m having such a great time with these projects. Big Thanks to the Online Fabric Store for playing along!
Please join me next Wednesday to see what the One Item Challenge team is working with next, I can’t wait!
Week One – Twigs
Week Two- Fabric
Week Three (Nov. 19)- ?
Check out these other amazing Fabric ideas
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Pink Ticking Curtains by So Much Better With Age
Easy Burlap Christmas Ornaments by AKA Design
Christmas Stockings by Me!Tags: beginner, Christmas, Christmas stockings, sewing, tutorial