I finally found some time to finish up our christmas stockings. I am so pleased by how these stockings turned out. They remind me of the stockings that the Who’s would have in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Braxton, my 4 year old, thinks they look more like elf stockings. Either way I love them. I am so excited to finally have all five of the stockings match and that they aren’t giant size! Let’s face it, if your stocking is huge you fill it, if your stocking is small you fill it. Why not have smaller stockings so you have more money to spend on larger gifts? Finished dimensions are: Top down to the heel is 17″, heel to the toe is 9-1/2″, and the width of the top is 6″.
- 1/2 yd. Felt, Main Body
- 1/4 yd. Felt, Top Cuff
- 1/6 yd. White Felt
- 1 yd. White PomPom Fringe
- 5″ White Ribbon
- Heat ‘n’ Bond, Ultra Bond
** Note: All Seams are a 1/4″. **
Print out the pattern. Cut and tape together stocking pieces. Begin by cutting out all your supplies from the pattern. Note: BEFORE cutting any of the white pieces and the polka dots. Apply your heat ‘n’ bond to the back, but only to the white pieces and the polka-dots.
Now arrange the polka-dots onto the stocking how you like and use an iron to set the heat ‘n’ bond. Be careful not to melt your felt, but do apply enough heat so that the bond is strong. Repeat for the opposite side of the other stocking. Note: You may blanket stitch around each polka dot to give it a more finished look if you would like.
Align the two sock cuff pieces together, making sure the whites are matched up on the sides. Sew along the two outside edges, leaving the top and bottom open. Lay the two stocking pieces together with the polka dots on the inside. Sew around the edges, making sure to leave the top open and un-sewn.
Before you pin the sock cuff to the main body of the stocking you will need to pin the ribbon on first. Fold your 5″ ribbon in half and pin to the fold on the back of the stocking. Now you will pin the sock cuff to the stocking.
Now is the time to flip it right side out, but before you do. You should clip the seams of the curved areas on the foot of the stocking. This will help it lay nicer when right side out. This is not a necessary step. I just prefer to do it.
Now all you have to do is your pompom fringe. I have a confession: I tried sewing it on for over 45 minutes, but couldn’t ever get it to line up just right. It kept slipping along the presser foot. I finally gave up after unpicking it for the millionth time. I decided that stockings don’t ever get washed so hot glue would work great for what I was going for. (Feel free to sew it on, but do it before you sew the two sock cuff pieces together at the very beginning.) Hot glue the fringe on top of the white stripe of the stocking cuff as I did in the picture below.