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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I made some Christmas stockings this weekend and I’m sharing the tutorial with you this morning. I must confess though… I bought the fabric for these 3 years ago. Yeah, I know. But they are finally done and I hung them up on our stair banister using Command™ General Purpose Hooks.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a cuffed Christmas stocking of your own-
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the main part of your stocking
- 1/2 yard of fabric for inside lining
- 1/4 yard of fabric to make cuffs and toe/heel pieces
- sewing machine, thread, pins, needles
- stocking pattern
Now, you may need more or less of the fabric depending on if you are making multiple stockings, not making ones with the heel or toe pieces, or making the cuffs from the same color as the main part of your stocking.
Step 1: Print out the pattern, tape the two main pieces together, and plan out what you will need.
Then use the pattern to cut out your fabric. For each stocking you will need the following cuts:
- 2 of the main body of the stocking from the outer fabric (Important: Cut one out facing left, then flip pattern over and cut out one facing right)
- 2 of the main body of the stocking from the lining fabric (Important: Cut one out facing left, then flip pattern over and cut out one facing right)
- 2 cuff pieces out of outer fabric (in contrasting color if you want)
- 1 piece of fabric to make the hanging tab that’s 2 X 6 inches (from the same color as the cuff)
- 2 of the toe pieces out of outside fabric (optional)
- 2 of the heel pieces out of outside fabric (optional)
The fabric I used was a velveteen and it sheds like crazy so I used a lint roller to clean off the little bits, as you can see in the stocking piece on the right in the photo above.
Step 2: Take the main stocking pieces and pin your toe and/or heel pieces to them. Sew across the edge of the toe piece about 1/4 or less from the edge. Use a coordinating thread. If you’re not doing contrasting toes or heels then you get to skip this step!
Step 3: Pin your main stocking pieces together with the right sides facing. Sew along the outside edge, sewing about 1/4 inch from the edge. Do not sew across the top opening. Then trim all the way around the sewn edge and turn the stocking right side out.
Step 4: Take your two lining pieces and put them together with the right sides together. Pin and sew along the edge. For most of the lining sew 1/2 inch from the edge but tape it to 1/4 as you near the top of the stocking opening.
Trim along the sewn edge.
Step 5: Pin the two pieces of the cuff together with the right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch from the edge. Then fold the opening on the shorter side up about 1/2 inch. Pin and sew it all the way around that edge.
Then turn the cuff right side out. You’re finishing this edge because it’s the edge of the cuff you’ll see.
Step 6: To make the loop that you’ll use to hang the stocking fold the 2 X 6 inch rectangle in half length-wise, with the wrong sides together. Sew along that edge about 1/4 from edge or closer. Then move the sewn edge so that it’s in the middle of one side of the loop.
Push it down flat. Then fold the loop in half with the sewn edge on the inside. Pin and sew across the open edge of the loop.
Step 7: Now it’s time to put all the pieces together! Put the lining inside of the outer stocking. Then Put your fabric loop in the corner of the heel side of the stocking. Then slide your cuff in. Pin it all in place and sew around the top opening of the stocking, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge.
Step 8: Pull the cuff out of the stocking. Then fold it over to the outside. Press your stocking a little so that it lays nicely.
Now go hang up your stockings!
We don’t have a fireplace so I hung ours up along our stair banister.
I didn’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of using nails to hang them so I used Command General Purpose hooks. Command organizing and decorating products are damage-free and enable me to hang my stockings without making a mess I will have to clean up later.
When I take them down there will be no holes and no sticky residue.
To add a little more Christmas cheer to the stairwell I hung up a sign we found at a local shop last year. Again, I didn’t want to use nails so this time I used Command Picture Hanging Strips.
I love that Command makes such a great variety of products. Both the hooks and picture hanging strips I used are for indoor use. Indoor use approved surfaces include smooth, sealed and finished indoor surfaces where the temperature is between 50 degrees and 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
You cannot use Command indoor products outdoors, on fabric, wallpaper, textured surfaces, uneven surfaces, popcorn ceilings, over beds, or on ceilings. The Command General Use hooks I used to hang our stockings have a weight limit of 3 pounds and the Command Picture Hanging Strips have a weight limit of up to 12 pounds. Be sure to read your package directions for the approved surfaces and weight limits for each product.
I got my Command Hooks and Picture Hanging Strips at Target. They have a variety of them located in both their usual aisle near the hardware-type stuff and the Christmas decor.
Target is offering 5% off Command products November 26- December 2nd, so be sure to pick some up!
Want more great ideas for Celebrating the Season with Command? Find more great content here.
Have you done any decorating yet? Did you decorate ages ago? Tell me all about it in the comments!