Festive Christmas Stocking
Do you love Christmas stockings? They are wonderful to decorate with and add such a festive feel to a room. But they are also very personal. Everyone in my family has one with their name on it. My kids (now 30+) have the intricate counted-cross stitch designs so popular in the 90’s. My handmade Christmas stocking, made by my grandmother, goes back much further to my first Christmas.
A beautiful Christmas stocking is a perfect gift for a new baby or family member. You can customize it easily with color choices, pattern selection and by the finished size. It’s even a great way to wrap a gift. Stocking sizes can easily be adjust to fit any purpose. Kids always love a little one they can hang over a door knob in hopes of finding candy canes inside!
How to Make This Beautiful Christmas Stocking
The leftover fabric from my Christmas Rag Quilt that I made a couple weeks ago provided more than enough fabric to work with for this beautiful Christmas stocking. It’s a basic pattern and the simple wide fabric strip design makes it a very quick and easy project. Check out my original How to Make a Christmas Stocking post for general assembly instructions after completing your stocking front.
For this stocking, I cut the fusible fleece following the stocking pattern. Each of the fabric strips are between 3″ – 4″ wide. After drawing the seam lines where I wanted them, I sewed the strips directly onto the fusible side. Starting from the bottom, each sew strip in place across the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
With the fabric strip right side up on top of the fusible fleece, the first strip is sewn across its top edge. Note that the seam is sewn from the back side in order to keep the initial seam line straight.
Continue Adding Strips
Next place the second strip right side facing down, matching its top edge with the first strip. Sew a 1/4″ seam across the the two strips to secure both to the fusible fleece base.
Then turn the added strip right side up and continue adding strips until your stocking is complete.
Since the decorative cuff will cover the top few inches of the stocking strips, you can see that I made that strip wider simply to expedite the process. Fortunately I had a larger piece of fabric that fit perfectly!
Finishing Your New Christmas Stocking
Once your stocking front is complete, give it a good pressing to adhere the fleece. This will also stabilize your stocking for lots of use and keep it looking great for many years. Then following the general assembly instructions, make your lining and cuff and you’ll have a beautiful Christmas stocking finished before you know it!
Enjoy your holiday quilting!