DIY Homemade Stockings

Do things the old school way with these easy step-by-step instructions to make your very own stockings... read more

If you are more of a traditionalist and enjoy doing things the old school way then you will want to carry on reading as we have Juliet Bawden here showing us how to make our very own stockings.

When I saw the new range of Laura Ashley fabrics I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them to make some Christmas stockings. They are all so lovely that it was virtually impossible to choose just one. So I decided to design a Christmas stockings that incorporated two or three of the designs, so by adding a different cuff and piped edging and a heel and toe motif it meant that I could use more than one fabric in more than one colourway. The result as you will see is very successful. Happy Christmas stocking making, and happy Christmas.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories You will need:

Laura Ashley Fabrics in 3 different patterns:

50cm for the body of the boot, 20cm piece for the cuff, and 30cm for the bias, hanging loop, and the heel and toe features

Thread

Bondaweb iron on interfacing

Dressmaking Scissors

Sewing Machine

Instructions:

Step 1: Fold fabrics right sides together and cut out two stocking pieces from the main fabric, and two cuff pieces in the first contrasting fabric. Using the same pattern pieces, cut out bondaweb interfacing. Iron the bondaweb interfacing onto the back of the two stocking pieces and one cuff using a medium heat setting.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 2: Trace the heel and toe shapes onto a piece of Bondaweb. Turn the shapes over and trace again. Iron the Bondaweb onto the second contrasting fabric and cut out the shapes.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 3: Peel off the paper backing from the heel and toe pieces, position onto the stocking pieces then iron to fix in place.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 4: Using a zig-zag stitch, sew along the inner curves of the heel and toe pieces.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 5: With right sides facing, pin the two stocking pieces together. Leaving the top of the stocking open to sew around using a 1cm seam allowance. Trim the seams and clip the curves.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 6: Cut a bias strip of the second contrasting fabric, measuring 46cm x 4cm. Cut a 44cm piece of piping cord.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 7: Fold the fabric around the piping and sew using a zip foot attachment.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 8: With the right sides together, sandwich the piping between the long edges of the stocking cuff. Sew as close as possible to the piping, using the zip foot.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 9: Open the cuff pieces out and with right sides facing, fold the short edges together and sew with a 1cm seam allowance. Fold the cuff the right way out.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 10: To make the loop cut a piece of the second contrasting fabric 20cm x 4cm. Fold in half lengthways and sew the long edges together and across one short edge. Trim the seam and turn through.

Step 11: Pin the cuff to the wrong side of the stocking, matching the seams at the back. Fold the loop in half and sandwich between the cuff and stocking at the back seam. Sew around the top of the stocking to attach the cuff to the boot. TIP – sew from the inside of the stocking.

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Step 12: Turn the stocking through and fold the cuff to the outside. Merry Christmas!

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Shot by Antonia Attwood

Juliet Bawden Homemade Stockings Christmas Accessories Are you making your own homemade stockings this Christmas? Let us know below or @LauraAshleyUK.

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