How to Make a Patchwork Stocking
Nothing looks better at Christmas than a row of stockings lined up along the fireplace, eagerly waiting to be filled with goodies. Make sure you don’t run out of time this year by starting on your patchwork stocking with plenty of time to spare!
1. Begin by making a stocking template. Draw your stocking shape out in the size that you’d like – the bigger the stocking, the more presents will fit inside it! Cut two templates of this stocking, one for the lining and backing, one to cut up for the patchwork section on the front. Cut your front template into strips approximately 4cm wide, making sure to number the pieces as you go so you don’t get confused!
2. Cut out the lining fabric, wadding and wadding lining fabric using the whole stocking template.
3. Now using the same whole stocking template, cut out the main stocking fabric (make sure you leave a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting out). The layout of fabrics I chose for the strips is shown below:
4. Now sew the strips together. Do this by placing two pieces right sides together and sewing down the seam. Once you have sewn them all together, you should have one striped piece for the front and one for the back.
5. Layer the wadding lining fabric, wadding, and one of the striped outer stocking pieces and sew the quilting detail that you would like. I chose to sew along the stripe joins for this and alternated between a straight stitch and a pre-set stitch on my sewing machine that looked like a snowflake.
6. Pick one of the fabrics to make a hanging loop, and cut a strip 24 x 6 cm.
7. Next, fold the strip in half lengthways with right sides together, and sew along the bottom and up the side, leaving the top unsewn. Turn it the right way out and you have your hanging loop!
8. Before sewing the back and the front of your stocking together, fold the strip in half 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 when the top edge is turned back over.
9. Pin the front and back pieces together with right sides together – the loop will be on the inside. Now sew the whole way around but leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn the right way.
10. Take the front and back lining pieces and place them right sides together – sew around this, leaving the top edge unsewn. Leave the two pieces right sides facing together.
11. The 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.
12. Roll the top back over, and you now have your stocking!