I’m flying ahead with my Christmas makes so far this year, although I have made sure I have started nice and early as last year I ran out of time. This stocking is the companion to another patchwork stripes stocking over on the Hobby craft blog http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-patchwork-stocking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HobbycraftBlog+%28Hobbycraft+Blog%29 made to replace my rather thread bare stockings which I’m surprised managed to survive last year!
This stocking was made with some very cute penguin themed fabric from a fat quarter set from The Craft Cotton Company. I just love this fabric – how can you not with all those penguins! I decided to use the penguin fabrics on the outside to make sure they took centre stage, and a plainer snowflake pattern for the lining.
I’m really pleased I have managed to get both these stockings finished, they will look great hung out for Christmas optimistically waiting for some presents! I just hoping this successful progress with all these Christmas makes continues!
The Craft Cotton Company Penguin fat quarter bundle
Paper for the pattern
1 – Making the stocking pattern.
Draw a pattern outline for your stocking, making it as big or as small as you like. I fluted mine out a bit at the top as I like it wider at the top for when folding back. Make 2 copies of this pattern, one is for the lining, batting lining and batting pieces that will be left whole, and the other is for the front and back fabric patchwork. For this piece cut it into three to make the stocking template.
2 – Cutting out the fabric.
Make sure you allow 5mm seam allowance throughout. Using the whole stocking pattern piece cut out the following; two pieces of fat quarter bundle fabric for the lining, two pieces of batting and two pieces of lining fabric for the batting. Then, from the 3-sectioned stocking template cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each section (one each for the back front so you’ll have six pieces in total). Make sure when cutting the sectioned pieces and when using different colours for each side of the lining that you have the patterned side of the fabric facing up for the front pieces and the patterned side down for the back pieces.
Place the bottom and middle front pieces right side together and sew down the seam to join them, and then attach the top and middle pieces by placing right sides together and sewing along the seam. Repeat for the back.
Place the patterned fabric batting and batting lining together and pin to secure in place. I chose to add a snowflake detailing using a pre-set stitch on my sewing machine, but you could do zig zags, straight lines or any other patterns that you like. I went down each of the seams with this stitch detail and then diagonally across each of the sections. I also chose to use two different thread colours, one light blue for going down the seams and a teal colour for the other lines.
Pick one of the fabrics to make the hanger, I chose to use the green snowflake, and cut a strip measuring 24×6 cm. Next fold the strip in half with right sides facing and sew along the bottom and up the side leaving the top unsewn. Turn right way out and you have got your strap. Before sewing the front and back together, fold the strip in half longways to make the loop and pin to the back piece with the ends of the loop hanging 1cm over the edge of the back piece. I chose to place this 10cm down from the top edge to give enough space once the top edge was turned back over.
Pin the front and back pieces together right sides together – the loop will be on the inside. Now sew the whole way around but leave the top edge unseen. Turn the right way around.
7 – Making the lining.
Take the front and back lining pieces, place them right sides together, and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn. This lining can now be inserted into the stocking, to attach to the stocking fold the top of the stocking inward by 1cm and fold 1cm of the stocking lining outwards and slip stitch the two edges together.
For more ideas with the Craft Cotton Co. Fabric check out their free sewing tutorials over on their blog: