Quilt Guild Christmas Stocking
Use the stocking pattern piece to cut out the following pieces for each stocking:
From your main fabric: 1 outside front piece and 1 outside back piece (These can either be of the same fabric, or different fabrics, depending upon your preference)
From your muslin: 2 inside lining pieces
Note: To save time, cut main fabric & lining pieces together. Lay your two lining fabric pieces, right sides together (RST) on a flat surface. Lay your two layers of main fabric, right sides together (RST), directly on top of the lining pieces. You should have 4 layers?based on diagram, with #1 being on the bottom of the stack. ( # 1-Lining Face up/#2 Lining Face Down/#3Main Fabric Face Up/#4 Main Fabric Face Down) cut and keep pinned & they are ready to sew!
Cuff Fabric: Cut a coordinating piece of fabric for the cuff portion of your stocking that is:
3 ½ inches by 14 ½ inches if Fleece or felt fabric (i.e. Non ravel fabric) or 7 inches by 15 inches if you are using a ravel type fabric (cotton/ knit)
It is very important to smooth everything out very thoroughly as you create each layer, to en-sure all of the edges of each layer are precisely aligned.
When everything is layered with all of the outside edges precisely aligned, pin through all layers to secure all of the pieces together. Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, stitch around the stock-ing, leaving the top open. Trim & clip all curves. Turn stocking right side out by reaching in be-tween the two main fabric layers. This will ensure that all raw material edges are hidden. Your stocking should have all finished seams inside, with just the top open. Press stocking well.
Cuff Instructions: If you cut a fleece fabric (non ravel) cuff, skip this step. If you used other coordinating fabric, fold the 7" by 15" piece of fabric in half length-wise, aligning the short edges. Pin both short edges & sew ¼ inch seam allowance. Turn right side out & press. Leave the long edge open. The finished size should be 3 ½ inches by 14 ½ inches.
Cut a 6? length of ribbon, and form it into a loop.
With your assembled main stocking right side out, place it on a flat work surface with the toe of the stocking facing the direction you want it to face on your finished stockings. (I chose to have the toe of my stocking face right, but that is completely up to personal preference.) Pin the loop face down to the top raw edge of your stocking, about 1/2? from the non toe seam ( towards back of stocking). Note: Make sure that you pin it only to the back two layers of fabric and not through all four layers. You may wish to baste stitch the loop down 1/8? from the top edge of the stocking, to keep it in place before adding the cuff.
Fold your pre-made cuff or your fleece piece in half to find the middle of the long edge & mark it. Slide the cuff to the inside of the opening in the stocking. Match the marked spot on cuff to the seam on stocking (the TOE side). Pin the cuff to the stocking from the marked spot around to the FRONT of the stocking. Then pin the rest of the cuff around and overlap the cuff. Pull the final edge of the cuff up about ¼ inch from the stocking edge. This little triangle can be cut off later. (See picture above, which shows where loop was placed inside and the triangle fabric) This will assure that the cuff will look even when turned right side out. Stitch through all layers with a ¼ inch seam allowance. Turn the cuff out to the right side of the stocking. Press well.
Congratulations! You have completed a stocking!
Note: 3 yards of main fabric(Non directional) opened out salvage to salvage will make 15 stockings along with 3 yards of muslin for lining. You can nicely fit 5 stockings across fabric that is 45 inches wide, as long as it is non directional.