Christmas Stocking

Materials

  • Coordinating set of seven fat eighths, preferably in Christmas colours
  • 26 x 49in backing fabric
  • 26 x 49in wadding

Finished Size

62 x 46cm (24 1⁄2x 18in) at its widest

Skill Level

Intermediate

You can download a copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Christmas Stocking

This stocking has been made using a quick piecing method. If you want to highlight individual bits of fabric using fussy cutting, more fabric will be required and the squares will have to be sewn together individually.

Getting Started

  1. Put the fabric to make the toes and heel of the stocking to one side and cut the others into three strips 3in wide.
  2. Join the strips in pairs, by placing RS together then sewing down one of the long edges. You can either use the same pairings each time or vary them as Jane did.
  3. Press the seams open, then join the pairs together to make four sets of four strips as shown in Figure 1. (There will be one pair left). Try and ensure that the no two strips the same are besides each other. Press the seams open again.
  4. If possible, use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to ensure your cutting is accurate. Otherwise, draw the lines and carefully cut with scissors. Cut each set of four into strips 3in wide. If your piecing has been reasonably accurate, you should get 7 sets of squares from each set of four strips. However, you only need to get six, so there is some leeway.
  5. Place two strips of squares together, carefully lining up the seams. Pin together at each seam to stop the fabric from shifting whilst you are sewing. Stitch together. Press open. Repeat to make another three pairs. Using the same technique, join seven rows together. Do this again to give two lots of 7 x 4 squares
Figure 1
Figure 1: Sets of four strips

Piecing the stocking

If you find the following instructions complicated, just use common sense and layout all the strips until it looks like a stocking shape and then sew together.

  1. Take one of the remaining strips of 4 x 1 squares and unpick a seam to give two lots of two squares. Sew these onto the end of two sets of 2 x 4 squares to give two sets of 2 x 5 squares.
  2. Unpick another strip to give two squares. Join a square at the top of each set of 2 x 5 squares, one of the left, one on the right (as the stocking is pieced both front and back). Cut the remaining fat eighth into two pieces 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2in and two pieces 10 x 4 1⁄2in. Plan which way to cut so that all four can be cut.
  3. Unpick another set of four squares to give two sets of two squares. Stitch these to the top of each of the 5 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2in pieces. Join one of these pieces to a set of 4 x 2 squares. These pieces are longer, so ensure you line up the squares with the flat fabric, as shown in Figure 2. Cut off the excess of the two squares, to create a straight line.
  4. Repeat to create the heel piece for the other side of the stocking, ensuring that you join them on the reverse. Stitch these pieces to the bottom of each set of 7 x 4 squares.
  5. Join the sections of 5 x 2 squares plus 1 to the side of each of these long pieces, at the opposite side from the heel fabric. Add the toe fabric to the side of each stocking, lining it up roughly as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 2
Figure 2: Adding the toe piece

Quilting

  1. Layer up the front of the stocking with wadding and backing fabric. Safety pin together to create a quilt 'sandwich'. Repeat for the back. Jane machine quilted in straight lines diagonally through each square. This is a fast quilting method as when you reach the end of stocking, you can turn the stocking round and carry on quilting in the next direction. She also quilted 1⁄2in in from the toe and heel.
  2. Trim off any extra wadding and backing fabric. Take two remaining strips of 4 x 1 squares and press in half, then in half again to create a long thin strip. Open out again and pin one each to the top edge of both the front and back of the stocking, RS together, lining up the raw edges. Stitch in place.
  3. Turn the strip over to the back and fold up following your pressed line to give a hem. Stitch in place, by hand, ensuring you do not stitch through to the front. Pin the front and back together, RS facing. Try and ensure that the edges of the squares are lined up.
  4. Using your eye, draw out the shape for the bottom of the stocking. Sew the two pieces together, following your drawn line.
  5. Cut off any extra fabric, to lessen the bulk and turn through to the RS. If wanted, press one of the left over 4 x 1 strips of squares in half two times and add at the top to create a hanging loop.
Figure 3
Figure 3
Stocking

First published in Popular Patchwork December 2006