I've wanted to make these for years. Now, thanks to Joann's Fabric Celebrate the Season Craft Challenge, I finally busted out some #fabulouslyfestive stockings of my own!
A Stocking Tale
Since I got married I'd had the traditional red and green, "whatever I thought was cute" approach to Christmas decor. Then, last year I had a brain-exploding epiphany of what my Christmas "style" was, and it turns out its the same way I decorate my house, no kidding! I love aqua, lime, and metals, glittery, and unique things. I've tried to bring this same style into my Christmas decorating, and now things are really cooking!
There's nothing "wrong" with these stockings except they just didn't say "me" at all.
these say "me!" "me!" "me!" "me!"
My Meh approach to Sewing Custom Stockings
I wasn't aiming for perfection in the least. Just look at it. I mean, a stocking is pretty much a formless blob that shlumps over to one side. I certainly wasn't going to get all OCD about making perfect replicas!
I found two of these sweet sweater stockings at Joann's for $12 each (now $9!), one in white and one in green.
I also grabbed some synthetic aqua lining, and that gorgeous black and white upholstery fabric called Waverly Strands in Tuxedo (upholstery fabric is currently 50% off at Joann's too!:).
My Meh Approach to Measuring Fabric
I got about a foot of the aqua lining, simply placing a stocking over the material to see how much I would need to copy the shape and have a bit extra for seams. For the Tuxedo fabric I really wanted the pattern to be vertical instead of horizontal so I "splurged" and bought about 2 feet of that.
I finished off my purchase with some faux fur, about 8 in. each of brown and white, again just laying the stocking cuff over the fur to see how much to cut. And I had extra to spare!
Step 1. Cutting it Close
At home I laid a stocking over my fabric, right sides together. For awhile I thought it mattered which way the green stocking was facing when I cut, but it doesn't! (hides face in shame) Either way it faces the shape will come out the same :) so don't stress out.
I used a sharpie to trace around the edge of my premade stocking, and then cut out the shape, leaving room for a 1/4 in. seam.
*Remember- don't cut along the sharpie lines (which I totally almost did) or your stocking will be too small! Leave at least 1/4 in. room for seams around the edges.
Step 2. Sew That Socker
I quickly sewed up my sock seam, turned my blob inside out, and ironed it so it would lie flat, and a little more sock-like.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the Cuff
I laid out a rectangle piece of fabric, folded in half, and traced around the cuff part, exactly like I'd done for the sock.
Step 3. Pin and Sew, Pin and Sew...
I took both of my cuffs and pinned them right sides together, with the fur pointing up. This is very important! If you have a fabric with a distinct "up" and "down", it must be upside down when you sew this seam.
Geometry makes my head hurt, so trust me, I'll show you why in a sec.
After sewing around the top edge only, I turned the cuff right side out. This seam makes the bottom of the cuff, hence why the fur needs to face up towards my hand. See, I told you it would all make sense!
I pinned the unsewn edge of the cuff to the top of my sock. The cuff has the fur facing in right now because after this step I folded it down.
I made sure the side seams of the cuff and stocking went together. This isn't technically necessary, but it calmed my OCD a bit during this do-it-and-see-what-happens stocking making process.
Voila! Well, almost. I hand stitched a loop of fabric on the inside of the stocking to hang it.
Now, Voila! I give you, 4 custom, "totally my style" Christmas Stockings!
Technically I didn't sew the white and green sweater stockings. I just used a seam ripper to remove the original cuffs and sew on my new ones in the coordinating fabrics. I decided to swap the cuff of the white sweater stocking onto my black one. I like the mixture of sheens and textures!
See what I'm saying about making my Christmas decor match with my everyday decor? Same color palette and style (the beige walls and couch kill me. I wish I could POOF them both away STAT, but $$ prevents! My hope is to at least switch out the rug ASAP for something more my style!)
Got any last minute Christmas crafts in the pipeline? Don't forget to check out Joann's Craft catalog for discount holiday supplies! Here's an exclusive Clever Nest offer from Joann's. 50% off any regular priced item. Happy holidays! :)
P.S. If you're wondering why there's four stockings up this year, that's because we're a family of 3, with another boy due in March! He will have a stocking that matches the rest for next Christmas:)