We finish off Christmas in July with Moda week with the quintessential holiday project: stockings to hang by the chimney with care. We chose fabrics from Blitzen by BasicGrey for Moda. It's a great choice when you want a variety of personalized stockings, because the motifs within the collection range from wintery damasks to playful snowman. You can create an elegant paisley one for Aunt Claire as well as a whimsical one for Baby Ben. We added a rustic handmade bow for our "English Cottage" look. By making all these bows match, our three very different fabrics became a coordinated family group. We provide a free pattern download for the body of the stocking, and it's sized so you can cut both the front and back from a single Fat Quarter! A clever reverse seam on the ruffle is hidden by the accent ribbon, keeping the lined inside smooth and clean. Santa will be impressed!
Our thanks to our friends at Moda Fabrics for sponsoring this year's Christmas in July series. If you haven't already, take a look at our opening article. It gives you some interesting background on the history of glimpsing Santa in the summer, and profiles the latest Moda Christmas collections we love.
Blizten by BasicGrey is available now in stores and online. We invite you to shop the wonderful online retailers in our S4H Marketplace; many of them have a great selection of all the colors and patterns in stock and ready to ship!
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any sewing machine (we recommend the Janome DC2012)
- Quarter Inch Seam foot (optional, but helpful as many of the seam allowances are ¼")
Fabric and Other Supplies
Yardages shown below are PER STOCKING, multiply to make sure your have one for everyone on Santa's "Good" list.
We used Fat Quarters for our stockings, which makes things quick and easy. Each stocking requires THREE coordinating Fat Quarters. If you choose not to use pre-cuts, you'll need to cut three pieces that measure 18" x 22", from which everything will be cut: we used a Fat Quarter Bundle of Blitzen by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics in the following prints:
- Exterior: Aqua Snowmen
- Lining: Aqua Twinkle
- Ruffle: Rich Red Snowflakes
- Exterior: Evergreen Paisley
- Lining: Rich Red Christmas Creatures
- Ruffle: Pear on Snow White Damask
- Exterior: Aqua Holiday Collage
- Lining: Aqua Lights
- Ruffle: Aqua on Snow White Damask
- ½ yard of low loft batting or craft fleece; we used Warm & Natural
- ½ yard of ⅝" ribbon for the cuff band; we used grey velvet
- ½ yard of ¼" ribbon for the hanging loop; we used olive velvet
- Optional bow: ½ yard of three different wide (1"-2") ribbon trims, one two-hole button, ½ yard or jute or twine; we used white organza, olive organza, and blue-grey burlap plus natural jute and a red wooden star button.
NOTE: The "rustic-ness" of the bow is up to you, as is its finished design. We don't provide step-by-step instructions for our bow, but you can use the photos for inspiration. It is made from simple loops cinched with jute and secured with the accent button.
- All purpose thread
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen, pencil or chalk
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins
- Download and print the TWO 8½" x 11"pattern sheets: Stocking Top and Stocking Foot.
NOTE: You must print these PDF files at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a handy rule on each page so you can check to make sure your print out is the correct size.
- Cut out the pattern pieces along the solid line.
- Following the arrows on the printouts, butt together the pieces to form one stocking body pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape in place.
- From the batting, cut ONE 18" x 22" rectangle.
NOTE: You can cut both the front and back pieces from the ONE fat quarter, but you'll have very little waste. Be careful to position the pattern pieces as close to the edge as possible. There is not a lot of room for fussy cutting, but you can at least do a little positioning to make sure you center your design nicely on the body of the stocking, as we did with the position of the reindeer on the Mint Holiday Collage sample.
- Collect the exterior fabric fat quarter and the lining fabric fat quarter.
- Place the batting flat on your work surface. Layer the interior fabric on top, right side up. Layer the exterior fabric on top of the interior fabric, also right side up.
- Pin the stocking pattern in place.
- Cut one set of pieces, through all three layers, with the pattern piece right side up. Then, cut a second set, through all three layers, with the pattern piece flipped over to the wrong side.
- From the fat quarter for the ruffle, cut TWO 8" x 22" rectangles.
- Cut a 16" length from the ¼" ribbon.
- Cut a 16" length from the ⅝" ribbon.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Set aside the two lining pieces.
- Place an exterior piece, right side up, on top of each batting piece, aligning all the edges.
- Insert a few pins down the center to hold the layers together.
- Place the two exterior/batting pieces right sides together. Pin around the perimeter, leaving the top open.
- Using a ¼" seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter, leaving the top open.
- Press the seam open. Clip the corners and curves as needed.
- Slide your hand inside the stocking and remove the pins you inserted down the middle.
- Turn the stocking right side out and press flat.
- Find the two lining pieces. Place the pieces right sides together and pin around the perimeter, leaving the top open.
- Using a ⅜" seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter, leaving the top open.
- Trim the seam allowance to ¼".
- Press the seam open. Clip the corners and curves as needed.
- With the lining still wrong side out, slip it inside the exterior so the two pieces are wrong sides together. Match up the side seams and pin the lining to the exterior.
- Find the 16" length of ¼" ribbon. Fold it in half.
- Place the stocking body on your work surface with the toe pointing to the left.
- Pin the ribbon loop to the inside of the stocking along the right side seam. Align the raw ends of the ribbon with the top raw edges of the fabric. We found that pinning the loop in place worked well. However, to be extra secure, you could machine or hand baste it in place.
NOTE: Our stockings are designed to hang with the toes pointing to the left. If you'd like your stockings to point to the right, simply reverse the directions above.
- Find the two 8" x 22" ruffle rectangles.
- Place the two pieces right sides together. Pin along both 8" sides.
- Stitch together along both sides, using a ½" seam allowance.
- Press the seam allowance flat.
- Fold the sewn loop in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. It will now be a 4" loop. Press.
- Run a gathering stitch around the bottom of the ruffle band approximately ⅜" from the raw edges. This is simply a straight stitch set at its longest length. Do not back tack or lock your stitch at the beginning or end.
NOTE: If you have a free arm on your machine, now is a good time to use it.
- Gently pull the stitch to gather the ruffle band to equal the top opening of the stocking.
NOTE: If you are new to ruffling, take a look at our tutorial: Gathering & Ruffles Made Easy .
- Insert the gathered ruffle band inside the stocking, aligning the raw edges of the ruffle with the raw edges of the top of the stocking. Match the side seams of the ruffle band with the side seams of the stocking.
- Pin in place all around.
- Still using your free arm if possible, stitch the ruffle to the stocking. Go completely around the top of the stocking with a ½" seam allowance.
NOTE: Yes... your seam is going to show on the outside... bear with me.
- Trim back the exterior/batting/lining layers to ¼" behind the ruffle.
- Pull the ruffle band up and out from the inside of the stocking.
- Pull the hanging loop up and out at this time as well. You may want to pin the top of the loop to the top of the ruffle to keep it out of the way of the final ribbon finishing stitches.
- As I mentioned above, the seam will be visible to the exterior. Don't panic, we meant to do that. By doing it this way, the inside of the stocking is smooth and clean. We will cover the exterior seam allowance with our pretty accent ribbon band.
- Find the 16" length of ⅝" ribbon.
- Starting at one side seam, place the ribbon over the visible seam allowance. The ⅝" ribbon should easily cover it. The top edge of the ribbon should be placed just above the existing seam of the ruffle band.
- Edgestitch along the top of the ribbon all the way around. As above, if your have a free arm on your machine, this will make sewing in a circle much easier.
- Your stitch line should be as close to the edge of the ribbon as you can possible make it.
- See how nicely the ribbon is covering that nasty seam allowance? We prefer not to pin our ribbon, but simply hold it in position as we sew. If that's not your comfort level, you could certainly place a few pins to help hold the ribbon or you could even use a fabric glue or other temporary adhesive. The glue stick we reviewed earlier in the week in our Sewline article would be perfect.
- When you are almost back to your starting point, stop with your needle in the down position. Fold back the end of the ribbon to create a finished edge. Overlap the raw end of the starting point with the folded ednd, and continue your seam to finish. Go slowly and be very careful to precisely match your overlapping seam with your original seam.
- Repeat to stitch down the bottom of the ribbon.
- Make and attach the optional bow. We attached ours with a safety pin so the stocking could more easily be cleaned if need be. You could also hand stitch the bow in place.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild