December is here which means it’s holiday season! I’m actually pretty excited that Christmas and Hanukkah overlap this year because we get to have latkes for Christmas Eve dinner :) We’re keeping things pretty simple around our house because we don’t have a lot of spare time or energy this year (and at 7 months old, Evie isn’t going to know the difference). But it is important to me that we have Christmas stockings. Since I was a little girl, stockings have been my favorite part of Christmas. I was allowed to wake up whenever I wanted but I had to stay quiet until 7 am (which usually meant I would sit and stare at the Christmas tree for a couple hours in the early morning). Then I could grab our Christmas stockings, climb into my parents’ bed, and we would open them together.
I’m excited to continue the tradition with Evelyn, though I’m guessing she won’t want to replicate all of my childhood traditions (smoked oysters were my favorite stocking stuffer!). In order to do so, I needed to sew my new family some family Christmas stockings. I used faux fur from my stash and some quilting cottons that I inherited from my Grandma Currie. You’ll also need a bit of ribbon or cording so that you have a way to hang your stockings. Before getting started with the faux fur, you may want to read my tips and tricks for working with faux fur.
Start by cutting out a stocking shape from your fabric. Then flip it over and cut another so you have a front and back to the stocking. Cut those same L and R facing stockings out of a lining fabric as well. I just eyeballed my stocking shape – no need for a fancy template. Mine is roughly 9″ across at the top and 17″ long. You’ll also need to cut a strip of fur for the top. If you use 1/2″ seam allowances the math is really simple. Measure the width of the top of your stocking, multiply it by 2, and subtract 1″ (since you have 2 more 1/2″ seam allowances on the stocking than the fur strip). Since the top of my stocking is 9″, my fur strip is 9*2-1 or 17″ long. I cut my fur strip about 5″ tall, but again the exact size doesn’t matter.
Sew the stocking outsides, right sides together. Put a snip at the L in the stock, notch the seam allowance around the curve, and cut off the fabric at the corner (all marked in red in the photo). Do the same for the stocking inside, but make sure you leave a 3-4″ gap along one straight edge (this is so that you can turn the stocking right side out after everything is sewn together).
Sew your fur, right sides together. You may want to trim down the seam allowance afterward to reduce bulk.
Measure the height of your fur strip and subtract 1/2″ and chalk a line that far down on your stocking top (you couldn’t really see the chalk on my photo so I drew it in with white). Since my fur cuff was 5″ tall, I drew a line 4 1/2″ from the top of the stocking.
Slide your fur cuff onto the stocking, right sides together so that the top of the cuff is along the chalk line. To make sure that the fur is pointing the right direction, I draw an arrow on the wrong side of the cuff showing what direction it’s pointing. You want the fur to be pointing up at this point in time so that it points down when you flip the cuff up. Sew it in place using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Flip the cuff up.
Cut a length of ribbon or cording. I cut mine 7″ long, so you’ll want your somewhere in that ballpark.
Fold the ribbon in a loop and pin it to the top of the cuff.
Slide the stocking into the lining so that the right sides are together (the lining will be inside out) and pin along the top.
Sew the three layers (outside, cuff, lining) together along the top. You will probably want to backtack a few times over where the ribbon is attached so that it is strong.
Turn the stocking right side out through the hole in the lining. You can hand sew the lining seam closed or you can just topstitch right along the edge with your sewing machine. Nobody will see it as it is inside the stocking. Tuck the lining inside the stocking and you’re done!
Does your family celebrate with stockings? Do you have any unusual things that you usally stuff them with? (Can you beat my smoked oysters!?)