Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to Make a Stocking...Fast!

I don't know about y'all, but my summer has flown by!  February to October has just gone by so fast!  We have worked really hard on our yard this summer.   We have taken several pick-up truck loads to the transfer station and we aren't done yet!  We've dug up a gazillion daffodil bulbs and calla lilly bulbs!  Now that fall is here, we've moved plants and planted bulbs, putting them in a better location for us.  Here's our progress in the front yard so far:

After having the same glasses for 6 years, I finally got some new ones!  Completely different from anything I've had before!  Still working on getting used to them, but I like them and better yet, Tony likes them!  I always take him with me to pick out new glasses because as I tell him, "You're the one who has to look at my face!"

Now that Tony has retired from the Army (gosh, that's now been one year!), we are quickly putting down roots here.  Hair stylist (without having to go through even one bad haircut before I found her!), optomotrist, dentist (how nice that we won't have to change doctors in 3 years!), neighbors, friends, civic club, church, shopping, sewing machine service, car repair (I could have waited on that one!), sewing group...I'm really feeling at home here and I love it!

Now to the title of my post.  To help with a women's ministry in this area, I offered to make 100 pink stockings.  I know what you're thinking; believe me, I thought it myself!  One hundred stockings?!!  I needed a super fast method for making all these stockings.  I found this technique on another blog from a few years back  (she has lots of cute ideas, click here for her blog)  and adapted it for my stockings.

Use whatever shape stocking you want, it doesn't matter the size or the shape, to make these stockings.  Because I have so many to make, I didn't want a separate cuff to sew on.  I adapted my stocking pattern so I could turn down the top of the stocking for my cuff.  An easy way to do this is to draw your stocking pattern on a piece of paper, decide how big a cuff you want, (I used 2 inches),

fold down the cuff on your paper pattern,

fold over the edges to get the cuff close to the body of the stocking,   

unfold, and you have the angle for the cuff!

I then transferred my pattern to some sturdy plastic.

With right sides of your fabric together, place template.  Cut a lining fabric and an outer fabric.  I used my small rotary cutter and cut through 6 layers at a time.  Don't have time to waste...100 stockings!

Layer your fabric this way: lining fabric right sides together, pretty outside fabric right sides together on top of lining fabric.

Stitch 1/4 inch seam around the stocking, leaving the top open.

I used my pinking shears (gosh, it's been a long time since I used them!) to trim close to the seam all around the stocking.  Or you could just clip into the seam at the curves.  The main thing is to have your stocking be flat and smooth.

Now you are ready for turning.  Reach between the lining fabrics and turn the stocking.

Use a point turner to smooth out the seams.

Next, reach between the pretty outside fabric and turn.

 Use as point turner to smooth out the seams again.

Give it a good press.

Now after pressing, you may notice that the top raw edges of the stocking aren't exactly even.  That's ok!  Use your rotary cutter and ruler and trim even.  

Satin stitch around the opening.  You'll be stitching the lining fabric and the pretty outside fabric together. I used a water soluble stabilizer to make sure my satin stitches were nice and smooth.  

 Follow the manufacturer's directions to remove the stabilizer at this point.  Press cuff down.

For the hanging loop, I cut 1 1/2 inch strips.  Fold so the raw edges meet in the center, then fold again.  Stitch close to the edge.

I satin stitched the ends of the loop together and then placed it inside the stocking, about a 1/4 inch down from the edge.

Stitch close to the edge all around the folded edge of the cuff, making sure to catch the loop.

Now for some bling!  I found the cutest little snowflake button.  Dug out my glue gun and glued the button to the cuff.

 The finished stocking!

Only 99 more to go!



  1. Wow! 100 stockings is amazing!!! Love your new glasses too. Totally adorable. So glad you've settled in your new home :)

  2. Nice job on the tutorial. I think it's amazing that you are making 100 stockings. Love the glasses. And congrats to hubby. Mine retired a year ago this month and we've been so I'm trying to get caught up on my favorite blogs. Hugs, Cathy

  3. Great tutorial!!! Way to go making 100 stockings!! But most of all - you are absolutely beautiful and I love your new glasses!!! Your yard is gorgeous!!! Your hard work paid off!! So glad that settling is good for you!!


  4. Phew!!! Only 99 to go!! You go girl.

    Seriously, thank you. Our quilt group makes stockings every year for our local women's refuge. I am going to pass on your pattern.

    Thank you very much


  5. Oh my. You slipped a post by me!
    Love your tutorial. Good pictures and easy to understand instructions. You go girl.
    Love your new home, yard and pretty glasses. Sweet smile :)


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