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With Christmas upon us once again, we has to make a few changes to our holiday decor. With the birth of our daughter in January, new stockings were a must.
I have always had an eye on those fancy matching farmhouse-style stockings that you can order online. (With the embroidered names) While buying five of those was not an option for our budget, sewing new ones was. (be sure to also check out these awesome Christmas craft ideas.) A note to all of the professional seamstresses out there: I do not know what I am doing when it comes to sewing. This project is for those of you in a similar situation who would like custom stockings and are willing to jump out of your comfort zone and learn how to sew your own Christmas stockings!
Here is how to sew your own Christmas Stockings
Two different types of fabric (one for too edging, one for outside)
How to Sew Your Own Custom Christmas Stockings
First, you will want to head to the fabric store to pick out your fabrics. I had my 4-year-old with me, so I let him choose the material. He ended up picking the softest grey snowflake material. I also grabbed some white faux for that will double as the lining and the top trim.
When you are getting your material, you will need equal parts of each kind. Enough to fit two stocking cutouts for each one.
I think I ordered 2.5 yards of each material to make five stockings. I ended up with a little extra to make some pet stockings as well.
Once you have your material, you will want to draw out or download your stocking pattern.
Trace out your Stocking pattern
I cut out a cardboard pattern with my Cricut.
Next trace your pattern on the back of the material. You will want to do one with the pattern right side up and one with the pattern upside down for each stocking.
Do the same thing on the faux fur. One right side down and one right side up for each stocking. (The faux fur can get really hairy. I was given the advice to trim the fur down in the seams and use longer stitches to make pulling fur out easier. by @craftingthroughtime on Instagram)
Next cut them out.
Cut along the lines that you traced on your material.
Line up the stockings, Outsides Facing in.
Place both of the outside pieces toward each other and pin the two pieces together.
Since the curves can be tricky to sew around, I would recommend using lots of pins so everything stays in place.
Next, draw a seam line to follow with your sewing machine. This step is optional and I’m sure not everyone needs this step, but it helped me out a lot to keep my sewing machine in the right place at the right time.
Sew your Stockings Together
Load up your sewing machine and bobbin with some thread and sew around your pattern.
Repeat for the faux fur.
When you are drawing out your stitch lines on the fur, leave an empty 4 or 5 inch space on the heel side so you can pull the outside through it later.
Sew your fur pieces together.
Piece together and Assemble your Christmas Stockings
Now that you have the liner and the outside sewn, take out all of the pins and flip the outside stocking right side out.
Leave the liner stocking inside out.
Take the outside piece and tuck it inside the liner. Spread it out through the toes so it is nice and lined up.
Sew the top rim of the stockings together.
Now is when you will pull the outside piece through that hole that you left in the lining.
Once you have it pulled out, you can sew up the hole.
Now tuck the liner into the outside stocking, making sure to keep it lined up and spread it evenly throughout the foot.
Fold over the top to get that awesome trimming.
Add a Strip for Hanging
I also cut strips of the faux fur out to use as hangers and sewed them by hand to the inside of the stocking.
Next add the names
Cut out your names on the heat transfer vinyl being sure to reverse the lettering.
When you are printing, make sure the liner is face down on the mat.
Next weed out all of the negative space.
Iron on your Custom Names
Heat up your iron and warm up the front side of your stocking where you are going to place your name.
Place the vinyl on your stocking and then push the iron down on it for about a minute. Flip over the stocking and iron it from the back. Check a corner of the vinyl to make sure it is coming off and then let it cool completely before pulling it off.
Once it is cool, peel off the liner and enjoy your new sparkly name stockings.
I hope you enjoyed making your own stockings this year for Christmas. I know that homemade items always add that perfect holiday touch. If you are looking for more holiday decorating ideas, be sure to check out this awesome wineglass centerpiece
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