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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Stocking Tutorial!


Hello! Sarah here, I recently joined the lovely team here at The Eternal Maker and I'm so excited to share with you my first blog post! 

So with Christmas just around the corner and feeling fully inspired by our lovely range of christmas fabrics I decided to make my nephew a stocking, and I'm pretty chuffed with the results! I wouldn't say I'm a particularly advanced sewist and I managed to make it in just a few hours - so fear not, there is still time to cram in those last few christmas projects before the big day arrives!

So here it is, my tutorial to make a fully lined and padded christmas stocking with fur trim and  hanging loop!

What you'll need to make your stocking:
Pattern/tracing paper
Outer fabric (we used this) (approx 1/2m, but depends on the size you want to make)
Lining fabric (approx 1/2m, but depends on the size you want to make)
Wadding (approx 1/2m, but depends on the size you want to make)
Furry fabric for trim - 1/4m


1. Draw out the shape of your stocking onto tracing paper - I used an old stocking to trace around, then add about 1cm around the edge for your seam allowance. Use this as a template for the lining but make it about 5mm smaller to allow for the wadding. Then measure the width of the top of the stocking, double it and add a few cm for the trim width, work out how high you want the trim to be then add about 4cm for the seams. 

2. Using your templates, cut 2 from your main fabric and lining fabric (use your inner template to cut 2 from your wadding) and cut one trim from your furry fabric. You'll also need to cut out a piece from your lining fabric to make your hanging loop, mine was about 8cm x 20cm (it can be any size but make sure the height is 4x the size you'd like it to be when finished.)


3. Take your two outer pieces and pin right sides together. Take your lining pieces and pin right sides together with the wadding either side (so wadding/lining/lining/wadding)


 4. Sew together remembering to leave a good 4-5inch gap at the bottom of the lining/wadding piece


5. Next take your rectangular loop piece and fold the long sides into the middle, press, then fold again.


6. Sew along both the long edges of your loop piece...


...So it looks like this!


7. Next take your fur trim piece and with the fur facing down fold up the bottom edge by about 1inch. Pin and sew along the folded edge.


 8. Fold your fur, right sides together and pin along the short edge, it's a good idea to "try it on" the main stocking piece to make sure it fits before sewing, then trim any bulky seams.


9. Pop your trim onto the outside of your main fabric and line up the two back seams


 10. This is the bit that never makes any sense to me but it works! So with your fur trim on the outside of the main stocking piece, pin your loop fabric to the outside facing down and stuff the whole thing into the lining piece, so your main stocking fabric is right sides facing out and lining is right sides facing in. Then sew around the top through all layers.



 11. Now for the fun bit! Pull your main stocking piece through the gap you left in the bottom of the lining and sew the gap closed (don't worry if it isn't very neat as it'll be on the inside - no one will know!) then push the lining inside the stocking, and you're all done!






















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