Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gorgeous Stocking Tutorial (and Giveaway!)

****Comments are closed! Sherri from Design2Shine is the winner and has been emailed! Thanks, everyone!****

If you're here from The Girl Creative's Creating Christmas Party, welcome!
If you're not, you really should go check it out!

Todays link party is all about creative wrapping, and I posted my pretty patchwork stockings.

I promised a tutorial on them, so here it is!

First, my customary sewing disclaimer...
I am not good at sewing. I don't do anything the right way - only the way that works for me.  If you read this and you think to yourself "how did this airhead ever sew anything?!" The answer is...idunno!

Step one is to make yourself a template/pattern.  Make sure to add extra room for seam allowances!
I drew out my stocking (on a brown paper grocery bag from Target!)
Once it was all adjusted to my liking I cut it out.

Use your pattern to cut out all of your fabric pieces.

The foot is the hardest part.  So that's where we'll start.
I'm going to show you the jester style foot, because it's the more difficult of the two.

Once your foot is cut out, sew it, making sure the right sides of the fabric are together(!)

Now turn it right side out.  I use a chopstick to get the tiny ends turned out.

The inside of the foot needs to be stuffed with batting for it to stand up and look right.  I use my chopstick again, and just push and push until it's all filled up to my liking.  The boot style foot is done the same way - it's just a bit easier without that awful curl at the end!
The foot is done, for now, so we'll move on to the leg.

Sew your leg fabrics together (right sides facing in) and then press your seams so they will lay flat.
You should have a rectangle of fabric now.

Then you take the right side of your bottom fabric and line it up with the outside of your boot (leave some room to sew the leg up later) and sew them together.
This can be tricky.
I take the removable portion of my sewing machine off for this part, so I don't have to work around it.

At this point you have an open leg sort of draped over the foot.

You COULD stuff the foot here, instead of before all this. I never do, though - I prefer to work with the foot first so I can see it better.

Now you sew the leg up. The foot will be inside, be careful not to catch it in the needle, otherwise you'll have to un-pick and you'll be cursing me.

Now...turn it right side out, and you're basically done!

All that's left is to add the internal sock and the embellishments.

To sew the inside sock use whatever scrap fabric you have laying around.
Take the pattern off the completed stocking and then sew it up.

Leave it inside out and place it inside the stocking, then sew the two pieces together.
I just let the seam show here, then press it under with an iron and sew an embellishment over the top.

Once that's done I add ruffles, trims and bells - usually where the fabrics meet, over the seams, because I like how it looks best there - by hand.

And that's it!

Now...if you got this far...
You can enter to win the boot stocking we just made!
Just leave a comment.
Followers get an extra entry!
You can post through Tuesday, and I'll drop it in the mail 1 week from today.  That will be Thursday, December 17.  I'm not positive that it will get to you by Christmas, but we'll try!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS...I'll be linking up everywhere! Go check out these parties!

Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
The DIY Showoff
It's So Very Cheri's Monday party
Newly Woodwards Dare to DIY party


michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Those are gorgeous! I wish you would have posted those yesterday. I will add them to a post about his/her stockings at

Mary K said...

This is so cute! I don't think I have the talent to make one, hopefully I win!

Mary K said...

I'm a follower

Jill said...

...and I'm a follower!

Elizabeth said...

These are so cute and funky!! I love them. Oh and I'm a follower. :)
Happy Holidays-

Gina Sisco said...

Looks like you can sew to me, super funky!! Great job.

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Oh oh oh! Love the tutorial, as the plan is for me to learn to sew in 2010. (bought myself a lil machine for Christmas). I would LOVE to win this beauty!

I am also a follower!

Rhona said...

Oh, I need this!!! I am a follower too.

Merry Christmas

ScrapinFunatic said...

those are just too cute, I am going to have to try and make some to hold gifts for my neice and nephews.

thanks for sharing

ScrapinFunatic said...

I am now a follower


Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

those are so darling!!!

Kim said...

I've been sewing for longer than you've been alive! You've done a fine job.

Jen said...

So adorable! I would love to win one as I don't sew myself.


Jen said...

I also have you on my Netvibes RSS feed. :)


Troy @ I Refuse to Recede said...

Those are too cool, They remind me vaugely of the witch in Wizard of Oz.

I wonder if she ever got anything but coal in her stocking?

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


mub said...

This is very cute! The jester style one might be easier to flip if you clip the seam allowances . It's not quite as difficult to get a nice curve that way =)

Jen said...

Way too cute!

(Thanks for the love on my sanding video. :) I share your love of power tools and can't wait to use them more when the weather improves.)

Lynette said...

Those are adorable Mandy! And I lOVE that you don't do anything the "correct" way. That's just one more thing that makes you FABULOUS!!!

Anny said...


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is fantastic! Especially seeing Pier 1's for $30.00! You did a great job for someone who says she doesn't know what she's doing.

Shannon said...

I have seen some really cute stockings this year, including this! Love it! Very creative!

The DIY Show Off said...

Super cute! I love it! Thanks so much for adding your creativity to the DIY holiday party! :)


Pat n Fl said...

This is so cute, not sure I would have the patience to make one though so I hope I win.

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Wow great job! I love that jester style one! Thanks for the great tutorial. And don't worry -- I sew the same way you do! ;)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are so fun! Great tutorial. :) Thanks for the visit! :)

Remodelahlic said...

I am just about to become a follower... I hope I win.

P.s. I would love for you to check out my blog, I am looking for crafters and remodelers to showcase their work. And link to thier blogs!

minishoes1 said...

too cute! I love this and it is very unique and pretty! Thanks!

minishoes1 said...

I follow.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Aren't these creative!! Love that they aren't your typical stocking. What fun!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

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