Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Easy DIY Christmas Stocking Tutorial



At the lifestyle and craft-themed Bloggeration workshop back in October, the lovely Hannah from Crafternoon Cabaret did not only show us how to make super fun Halloween bunting (which you can totally turnaround for a more festive feel too!) but she also helped us make cute Christmas stockings, for which we used the most adorable Zazzle fabrics and ribbon. I'm not very handy with a needle and thread, but even I managed! I'm sharing the tutorial below so you too can make your own little, decorative stocking for yourself or to give as a present (it makes for unique package of small gifts as well).

You need:

  • Festive fabric
  • Thread (it doesn't matter what colour as it will be invisible)
  • A needle
  • Fabric pins
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A sheet of A4-paper

Step-by-step tutorial:

1. Draw a rough version of the stocking you'd like to make on a piece of A4-paper and cut out the template.
2. Now place your template on the back of your fabric and draw the outline onto the fabric with your pencil.
3. Turn the paper template and draw another outline (the mirror image of your previous outline. Space this well apart from the first drawing.
4. Cut both stocking sides from your piece of fabric and ensure you have about half a centimeter of extra space around your pencil outline.
5. Place the two piece on top of each other with the back of the fabric facing out.
6. Pin them together to keep them in place.
7. Thread the needle with about an arm's length of thread, as that is the easiest to work with. This will not be enough to sew the whole stocking, but you can make tiny knots in between when starting with a new piece of thread as we're working on the inside of the stocking, which will be invisible.


8. Fold the top of your stocking down and start sewing the two pieces together with a backstitch, all the way from the top of the stocking, around until you reach the top again (make sure you keep the top open!). From experience, the smaller your stitch, the stronger the end-result.
9. When you're finished sewing cut away the excess fabric in tooth shapes around the pencil outline (not too close as you risk cutting your stitches) to prevent bulking when you turn the stocking inside out. At the heel cut it of at a triangle angle.
10. Now you can turn your stocking the right way around! The easiest way of doing this is in small bunches and be patient. Once done, stick the back of a pencil in the corners to smoothen out the edges.
11. For a finishing touch, cut a piece of ribbon and make it into a bow shape (like tying your shoelaces!). Attach it to the right-top corner of the stocking with a few stitches (make sure you only thread it through the top layer of the stocking, otherwise you might sew the top shut and you won't be able to fill it with sweets).
12. And that's it, you're done!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions please drop a comment below! And if you make a Christmas stocking using this tutorial, I'd love to see your pictures :)

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