Here’s a fun way to make the outside of your stocking as fun as what’s tucked inside! Use up all of your fabric scraps and go beyond the traditional red and green by making this Christmas Craft for someone special –- or yourself!
85 Assorted Fabric scraps, cut into 2x2 inch squares
Felt, fleece, or solid color fabric for lining –half a yard
Newspaper for pattern
Heavy or Medium weight iron on interfacing, half a yard
Thick Ribbon, approximately 8 inches
Step 1: After cutting out and pressing all of your fabric scraps, arrange them in rows of 5. Move them around until you like the arrangement. You should have seventeen rows. If you’d like to make a smaller stocking, feel free to use less. The final product will be about eighteen inches long by eight inches wide.
Step 2: Pin the right side of the first two squares together in your first row on one side.
Continue pinning right sides together along the opposite side of each square, creating a horizontal row. Repeat for each of your seventeen rows.
Step 3: Sew along the pinned sides for each square, and each row. Iron flat when complete, then pin the bottom edge of your first row to the top edge of your second.
Sew along the pinned edge, and then add another row. Continue until you have one large rectangle of patchwork fabric, then iron flat.
It is OK if the squares don’t line up exactly, but do your best to make sure you have a solid rectangle in the end.
Step 4: Cut a rectangle of interfacing slightly smaller than your patchwork rectangle. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Set aside.
Step 5: Create your pattern. Lay out your newspaper –- one page of a standard paper (not unfolded) should be enough. Draw a stocking shape on the paper using a marker. Freehand is fine, or use another stocking or boot as a template. Once you have a shape and size you like, cut out.
Step 6: Fold your fabric in half and lay your newspaper pattern on top. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out.
You will have two stocking halves. Fold your lining fabric the same way and place the pattern on one side. Pin the pattern to the lining, but extend the top by four inches.
Cut out so that you have two lining halves, both four inches longer than your patchwork fabric at the top, where the stocking opening will be.
Step 7: Create a stocking sandwich. Place the right sides of the patchwork fabric together so that the edges line up, and have the right side of the lining fabric face the wrong side of the patchwork on either side.
Pin around the edges. Sew along the edge, stopping where the excess lining fabric begins.
Turn inside out, keeping the right sides of the lining together and sticking up beyond the patchwork fabric.
Step 8: Place the stocking on a flat surface in front of you so that the toe is facing to the right. Fold your ribbon in half to make a hanging loop, and place inside the top portion of the lining fabric, along the back edge where the lining meets the patchwork.
The raw edges of the ribbon should stick out slightly. Sew straight up along the edge of the lining. Trim your loose threads, fold the lining over like a cuff, and you’re done! Hang by the chimney with care, and have a merry Christmas!