November 22, 2010

diy: personalized stocking tutorial & pattern

Hey friends,  I have something pretty darn cute to share with you today!

I wanted to make something special for my wee family this year and these personalized stockings are what I came up with.  Let's get our Christmas on, shall we?

Here's what you need:

½ yard lining fabric
½ yard outer shell fabric
½ - ¾ yard bias tape or other embellishment
iron & ironing board
sewing machine (or a serious commitment to hand sewing)


1. Print pattern pieces.  Use the arrow and lettering system to assemble pattern.

2. Prepare your custom graphic in your favourite program.  I used Photoshop.  Your graphic should measure approximately 4 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches tall.  I used illustrations from a Richard Scarry Christmas book borrowed from Georgia's personal library.

3. Print graphic on your piece of printable cotton.  Be sure to read the package directions closely!



4. Cut pattern pieces from fabrics.  Make sure all fabrics are ironed flat before cutting.



5. Line up the bottom edge of piece A with the top edge of piece B – right sides together.  Pin in place.
 

6. Sew the pinned edge together leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance. Press seams flat.

7. Line up the bottom edge of piece B with the top edge of piece C – right sides together.  Pin in place.



8. Sew the pinned edge together leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance. Press seams flat.


9. Embellish the stocking front with bias tape.  Sew in place.



10. Match your newly formed stocking front piece with the backing piece of the outer shell (piece E).  Be sure that right sides are facing.  

11.   Make a loop using 6 inches of bias tape.  Pin into place.  

12. Finish pinning together the outer shell pieces.



13. Sew around the edges allowing a ¼ seam allowance.  Do not sew the top edge closed.

14. Trim edges if necessary.

15. Turn outer shell right side out and press seams flat.  Set aside.



16. Match pieces D and E in lining fabric right sides together.  Pin in place.




17. Sew around the edges allowing a ¼ seam allowance.  Do not sew the top edge closed.

18. Trim edges if necessary.

19. Place the outer shell inside the lining.  Right sides should be facing.



20. Pin around the opening.



21. Sew opening edges together.  Make sure to leave a 3 inch gap open so you will be able to turn out the stocking.



22. Turn the stocking right side out by pulling it through the 3 inch gap.


23. Tuck lining inside the outer shell.

24. Press the top edge flat.

25. Top stitch around the edge.


26. Hang this handmade beauty and fill her with gifts!

Feeling inspired and want to make your own?  Here's your pattern pieces...


Pattern Piece C1 & C2

Pattern Piece D1 & D2 & D3 & D4

Pattern Piece E1 & E2 & E3 & E4
*If you don't want to go through the bother of download pattern piece E then you can just flip over pattern piece D and use that.  You'll need to cut 1 piece of outer shell fabric and 1 piece on lining fabric from piece E.)

All pattern pieces fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.  Join pattern pieces by matching arrows and numbers.  (This is my first attempt at creating a downloadable pattern.  I can guarantee it's not perfect, but a valiant effort nonetheless.)

This pattern is for personal use only.  Please do not use for commercial purposes.

If you make a stocking of your own please let me know.  I'd love to see your interpretation!
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