So I got my sewing machine that my husband got me for Christmas last year finally out and put together for Halloween this year to help make our garden gnome costumes (Read: The Second Halloween). Now that it's the holidays I wanted to make us all matching stockings.
I had matching stockings with my family and still have my stocking but I wanted to make our own family set. However, I did not want to spend much money on fabric or anything as I would rather save the money for gifts or things. So I found a bunch of old fleece and airline blankets (we used to fly a lot to visit family) and decided since I had so many red ones (thank you Delta) I decided to make the main part of the stockings all red and gave each one's top a different top color. My color is a maroon, Xavier's stocking is hunter green, and Nick's stocking is navy blue.
If you are a first time sewer these are easy and you can probably even use some fabric glue if you are handy with that stuff. If you hand sew this might be a lot, because I used the sewing machine they only took me a few hours to make. You only need enough fabric for your stockings and felt for the names and I used fabric glue to glue the names on; though you probably could use regular glue but I was concerned about a bleed through.
|First, find a stocking in the size you would like all yours to be.|
|Draw around the stocking and then cut it out not on the lines, leave some space outside of the lines.|
|See how there is extra fabric outside the lines. (some spots I did not do as good as others).|
|Be sure to cut both sides.|
|Pin all around where you want to sew. It is best to pin with straight pins as then you can go over them with a sewing machine (just not the head part), but I only have safety pins so I remove them while I sew.|
|Sew your stocking. Be sure to leave the top open.|
|Sew them to your stocking. You might want to use a nice stitch in case someone pulls up this part it may be visible.|
|Fold your stocking down and sew it so that when yo fold it the seem is covered.|
|Sew a ribbon on the inside so you can hang your stocking.|
|Write out names on craft felt and cut. Glue on with fabric glue. You can use stencils for letters if you do not have good handwriting.|
|Hang on the fireplace with care. We don't have a fireplace so we settle for a bookshelf with candles and nutcrackers on it!|