How to Make a Quilted Christmas Stockings
Last year, we made these quilted Christmas stockings and I ran out of time to share the tutorial before Christmas. So here they are!
If you've been following along on stories, you know that I have entirely to many Christmas stockings. Like, WAY too many, considering there are only three people in our family. But you know what, I like stockings, and I especially like DIY stockings. So here we are!
Let's make the most of it, with this one. Click through for the quilted Christmas stockings (which you can make from scratch with just a handful of fabrics - no pre-made quilt required.
- 1/2 yard of cotton quilting fabric *We used 5 different colors. If you only want to make one stocking and want to use 5 colors, I suggest getting 1/6 yard of each color.
- 1/2 yard of muslin for backing
Step 1: Prep your patchwork.
The first step is to prep all the cuttings for your patchwork. We used the Triangle Trimmer for a lot of the pieces, but you don't have to make triangles if you don't want to.
Another option would be to cut strips and blocks of fabric out and piece them together in a fun formation. Your finished layout should be at least 3 inches taller and wider than the stocking template.
Step 2: Start sewing your patchwork together.
Step 3: Cut your stocking pieces
Now that your patchwork piece is all sewn together, its time to cut all your stocking pieces out. Start by measuring and cutting 3 pieces of the muslin in the same size as your patchwork piece.
Then, cut 2 pieces of batting in the same size. Line them all up together with the patchwork piece on top. Place your template on top of the stack and cut 1/4" from the template's edge.
Before sewing, you need to trim your batting just a tad. So take your 2 pieces of batting and trim them about 1/2" all the way around.
Step 4: Create a loop for your stocking
The last piece you'll need to be able to assemble your stocking is the loop. Take a piece of any fabric you used in your patchwork and cut it to be 4" by 2".
Take it to the ironing board and fold and press the 2 long edges in 1/4". Then, fold the entire piece in half and press with the iron.
Take that piece back to the sewing machine and sew along the long open end as close to the edge as you can.
Step 5: Sew your stocking
Now, take 1 of the 3 cut muslin pieces, a cut piece of batting, and your patchwork piece, and lay them on top of each other in that order. Your patchwork piece should be right side up. Fold all the pieces of the stocking down at the top about 1" in and press with an iron. Sew 1/2" from the top edge.
Do the same with the remaining pieces of muslin, but with the foot of the stocking facing the opposite way as the patchwork piece. Fold all the pieces of the stocking down at the top about 1" in and press with an iron. Sew 1/2" from the top edge.
Now, with outsides facing each other, place your loop piece at the top corner with the loop facing inward and upward. It should be poking out of the top with the ends near the edges of the stocking pieces.
Pin your pieces together and then sew all the way around your stocking about 1/4" from the edge. Don't forget to back stitch at either end.
Step 6: Flip it inside out
The finished pieces aren't perfect...we're not professional quilters over here. But I love the quirkiness and individuality of each one.
It would be really cute to let your kids do a couple little drawings or doodle on some of the quilting fabric before it gets all sewn together too. It would make it more special to see year after year, as a keepsake stocking. Don't you think?