There are very exciting times ahead! I’ve lived in England for 17 years now, which is something I still can’t quite believe, and for the first time I am having a family member visit for the holiday season. My sister, Danielle, is arriving next week and I am so excited for her to experience the magic of a cold English Christmas. I have developed so many wintry Christmas traditions that I want to force upon her 😉 One of the traditions is hanging a Christmas stocking from the fire place. Every year, we each have a stocking filled with our favourite tasty treats and occasionally (or maybe more truthfully ‘usually’) we have been known to dip into these a little early. Oh well…never mind!
So of course Danielle will have to have a stocking to hang too! I had a look around in the shops, thinking I would buy her one, but in the end I decided to make her a patchwork one instead. A good excuse to head to the quilting shop and look at all their lovely fabrics. I chose a selection of fabrics that I thought went well together.
I paid my pennies and rushed home feeling very enthusiastic about getting started. Read on to see how I made my sister’s quilted patchwork Christmas stocking.
For the stocking you will need…
- lining fabric – 30cm full width (maybe more with a patterned fabric that needs to be orientated a specific way)
- patchwork fabrics – one fat quarter of each (maybe more with anything that needs ‘fussy cutting’)
- cuff fabric – one fat quarter
- thread to sew
- 15cm of decorative ribbon for the hook
- decorative trim
Step 1 – Cut Fabric for Patchwork Front and Back
Cut 6cm x 6cm squares. I chose to include four fabrics for the patchwork part and I needed 12 squares of each design for the front and another 12 squares for the back. You can ‘fussy cut’ the squares if the fabric has a design you want positioned in a certain way.
Step 2 – Prepare and Cut Fabric for Patchwork Front and Back
Start joining squares to make up enough surface area to cover the stocking template. All stitching is done with a 1/2 cm seam allowance.
First join two squares from one row by placing the right sides together and sewing a 1/2 cm seam allowance. Press the seams to one side. Then join the two squares directly above these two. Press the seams to the opposite side of the first two.
Join the first two pairs by placing the fabrics with the right sides together. Try to line up the centre seams. This will mean the four squares will meet nicely in the centre – not to worry if they don’t match up perfectly though.
Repeat this process with the four squares that lie to the right of the first four you have joined. After doing this, you will have two pieces, each with four squares. Now put the right sides together and join these two pieces. Once this has been done, iron the fabric flat.
Continue to join in this manner, working your way from left to right – bottom to top, until there is enough surface area to cover the stocking template. Once this has been done, cut out your stocking shape. As the top of my stocking will be hidden by a cuff made of dark green holly leaf fabric, I used a single strip of the same fabric at the top instead of the quilting fabric to save time.
Step 3 – Prepare Front and Back Sections
Cut out your stocking shape on the patchwork fabric. Then place your stocking on top of a plain piece of cotton fabric, with wadding in between the two layers.
Baste your layers together. I do this with a basting gun but good old fashioned thread works just as well.
Quilt the stocking. I have done mine by hand but, if you like, you can do this with a sewing machine fitted with a quilting foot. Remove your basting tags or stitches and then trim around the stocking shape.
Repeat all the steps above for the back section. But remember you will need to have the stocking shape reversed for the back section.
Step 4 – Attach Lining
Cut out the lining pieces for your stocking. You will need two of these, one with the toe orientated to the right and the other with the toe orientated to the left.
Take one of your quilted feet and one of your lining feet and place them right sides together. Stitch across the top with a 1cm seam allowance. Repeat this process with the other feet.
Step 5 – Attach the Front and Back
Open out each side and iron flat. With the right sides together, line up the two stocking pieces and stitch around the outside. When you are stitching the front quilted section, sew with a 1cm seam allowance moving towards a 1.5cm seam allowance when sewing the lining part. Leave a 10cm gap in the lining part of the stocking, so you will be able to turn the stocking right side out. Making the lining slightly smaller will make sure there is not a lot of excess fabric inside the stocking – leaving more room for treats!
Once you have finished sewing, turn the stocking right side out and iron flat. Close the opening in the lining by slip stitching and then push the lining inside the stocking.
Step 6 – Prepare the Cuff
Measure the circumference of your stocking at the top and at a point 10cm down from the top. The measurement 10cm down from the top of the stocking will be slightly smaller than the measurement across the top because the stocking tapers as it goes towards the heel and toe. You will need to add 3cm to the height and width for your seam allowances.
Top Circumference Measurement – At the top, my stocking measured 22cm across. I doubled this to include the back of the stocking and then added 3cm seam allowance. This came to a total of 47cm.
Lower Circumference Measurement – Ten centimetres down from the top, my stocking measured 21cm across. I doubled this to include the back of the stocking and then added 3cm seam allowance. This came to a total of 45cm.
With your chosen cuff fabric, create a double layer by folding the wrong sides together. The height of this double layer needs to be deep enough to cover the depth of your cuff (10cm) and the seam allowance (1.5cm). The length of this double layer needs to match your top and lower circumference measurements. The lower measurement will run along the fold of the fabric and the top measurement will run along the two raw edges of the folded fabric. Do not measure these from one side, measure them from a centre point. This will give your cuff the right shaping.
Open out your double layer of fabric, fold in the opposite direction with the right side facing together so the sides seems meet. Join them with a 1.5cm seam allowance. This creates a circular piece of fabric.
Fold the bottom half of the fabric up so the raw edges meet at the top and the right side of the fabric is now showing on the outside.
Turn in the top raw edges, pin and then do a line of stitching all the way around approximately 2mm from the top. This stitching will close the raw edges within the two layers of the cuff. The cuff is now ready to be attached to the stocking.
Step 7 – Attach the Cuff
Pin the cuff to the inside of the stocking, matching the top of the stocking to the top of the cuff (the edge with the stitching). Tuck the folded edge of the cuff right down in the stocking so it doesn’t catch when stitching the layers together. Stitch around the top of the stocking with a 1.5cm seam allowance.
Once you have joined the cuff to the stocking, bring the lower edge of the cuff up and over the top of the stocking. When it has been folded down and is in the correct position, iron flat.
Step 8 – Attach the Hook and Trim
Attach a piece of ribbon to the calf side of the stocking. This is attached on the outside by hand. The stitching needs to be in the place where it will be covered by the trim. This hook is the part of the stocking that will hold all the weight when it is full of goodies, so make sure your stitching is very secure.
Attach your trim by hand stitching it in place. The join of the trim is best placed at the calf of the stocking, in line with the hook.
So the stocking has been hung, the bed is made and the fairy lights are plugged in…we are ready for the fun times to begin!
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