Stocking Advent Bunting
This week Becky had made these super cute mini stockings! You could do as Becky's done and turn them into an advent calendar garland (which would look amazing strung along a stairway) with the addition of some numbered buttons or appliqued numbers, or leave them unstrung as Christmas tree decorations - or how about using them as an actual Christmas stocking for a pet or a kids' favourite cuddly? These are way too cute however you choose to use them and pretty simple to make up, too!
Over to Becky.....
Christmas Advent Stockings
Fabric needed to make 1x small Stocking using template provided:
* If you chose to make all 12x stockings amounts will vary depending on how many different fabrics you wish to use. As an example I used 8x different fabrics and mix and matched them.
- 14” x 8”of main fabric (patterned)
- 14” x 8” of lining fabric
- 5” x 5” of contrasting fabric for Stocking Cuff
- A small amount of ribbon or string
- 1-24 number buttons (if making all 12x stockings)
- 3m of Ric Rack (if making all 12x stockings)
- Start by designing your stocking shape including a ¼ inch seam allowance, you can make the stockings as big or as small as you like but if you would like to follow my pattern you can download the template here!
- Now fold the main pattern fabric in half and cut out 2x stocking shapes using your template – I found using a rotary cutter to follow the pencil line quick and easy but if you don’t have a rotary cutter then cut out with scissors. Then cut the same again from the lining fabric.
- Iron the cuff pieces in half and then cut 2x pieces on the fold of the fabric.
- Place the edge of the stocking cuff face down at the top of one of the main stocking pieces with right sides together and sew along the top using a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat with the other side of the cuff making sure the boots are both facing the same direction.
- You should end up with a piece of fabric as shown below. Repeat with the back pieces. Now press out the seams to the middle.
- Lay the front and back pieces together with right sides facing each other, lining up your cuff pieces. How had your ribbon or string at the back of the boot in-between the cuff and the lining fabric making sure the hoop is tucked inside the stocking and you leave the ends sticking out as below.
- Now pin all the way around. Start at the base of the lining foot and sew around the foot, up the leg, around the other foot and down to the bottom of the lining foot again. Make sure you leave a small turning gap in the bottom of the lining foot.
- Trim the fabric all the way around using pinking sheers to prevent fraying and reduce bulk.
- Pull the main stocking fabric through the gap in the lining foot and turn everything inside out so the right sides are now showing and press. Sew up the turning gap.
- Now for the magic: push the lining fabric back inside the main fabric until the lining 'foot' is neatly inside the main stocking foot and everything is nice and neat and fold over the stocking cuff – Voilà!! They should look like this when done!
- You can now add your number buttons to each stocking from 1-12 on one side then turn over and sew 13-24 on the other.
Now all you need to do is make 11 more to create the advent mini-stocking calendar! Filled with chocolates we think it would look fab running up the stairs – happy sewing!