Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Reversible Christmas Stocking

As it is Audrey's first Christmas I thought she needed a stocking of her own. A trip (or two) to the fabric store, some cutting, ironing, and sewing and now she has a reversible, monogrammed stocking that hopefully she will be excited to use for many years to come.

I'm a little late to the party as there are many tutorials on how to make a stocking floating around the blogosphere, but just in case you were wondering, here's how I made mine.

Trace a stocking you already have onto paper to make a pattern, making sure to add several extra inches at the top so it can fold over.

Then using the pattern, trace and cut out two pieces of your outside material and two pieces of the inside material. Make sure to turn the pattern over for each material so that you can put right sides of the same fabric together. Also cut out two pieces of batting. 

You'll have to excuse the poor picture quality, I was sewing late at night and had very poor lighting.

If you want to add a monogram or other embellishment now is the time to do it. If not, just disregard the next step or two.
{I on the other hand, didn't decide until I had already moved on to the next step, so my pictures look a bit funny because the two pieces of lining are already sewn together half way.}

To make my monogram I used pretty much the same technique as the bird applique. Only this time I did two layers instead of one. If you are doing a letter or something that has a direction to it, make sure you trace it backwards.
Next, figure out where you want it on your fold. It will look upside down compared to your stocking, but remember that the top will be folded down. Iron it on and then sew it.
Now pin right sides of your fabrics together (outside fabric to outside fabric and inside fabric to inside fabric) and sew all the way around leaving the top open. 
Turn the outside fabric out and the stuff the inside fabric inside of it. 
Next, stuff a piece of batting on each side of the stocking between the two fabrics. Smooth it all down and you should have something that looks like a stocking. At the point you could turn the edges under and sew the outside fabric to the inside fabric and be done, but I decided to finish my edge with some double fold bias tape. 
The last step is to fold down your stocking and decide where you want a hanger to go and sew it on. Again, I just used bias tape because I had it and I liked that it matched. And now you have a super cute homemade stocking. Plus, since all the seams are finished you can reverse it whenever you want.

Here's to hoping your stocking gets filled with lots of goodies Christmas morning! Sadly, I think Audrey's will stay relatively empty this year.

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  1. Emily, this is really well made. You should make and sell them on etsy next year. This stocking is better looking than the vast majority of what is being offered on etsy right now.

  2. Love the monogram! Good job, love, mom

  3. Love your fabric choices! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!