It’s Christmas time at my house!!! You guys!!! I love the way these stockings turned out. And trust me when I say if I can make them so can you. I can count on one hand the sewing projects I’ve done in my life time (pillows…that didn’t turn out, a dress when I was like thirteen, and two quilts and now stockings). My mom bought me a sewing machine for my college graduation gift. I love…to look at it! haha! But seriously I only pull it out every two to three years. And EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I do I have to re-learn my machine: how to thread it and put the bobbin in, etc. SO trust me when I say if you can use a basic sewing machine you can do this. AND it’s WAY cheaper to make than to buy depending on the fabric you buy. I used this fabric from Joann’s. It was on sale for $6.80 a yard (regularly $16.99! SCORE!)
I also used some left over fur from another project I did years ago. Fur can be a little tricky to work with and I had never used it before (well I have but I used glue on that project…shhh don’t tell). So I did what any good novice would do and I youtubed (yep that’s a verb now ;)) how to work with fur. I was not disappointed. There are some talented people out there that are willing to share their knowledge! I basically followed this video here.
Another simple one, especially if you want a fabric top instead of a fur top can be found here.
Another helpful video for working with fur was this one.
The most complicated part is making sure your fabric/pieces are laying/facing the correct way before sewing. I HIGHLY recommend making a test stocking first to help orient yourself and also as a reference when you are trying to remember what goes which way! The video made it look SOOOOO simple. I become over confident and thought “I’ve got this!”. So I didn’t make a test stocking, which resulted in my first stocking becoming my test stocking!! Mostly I followed the video minus the lining and the fur pom poms. I choose not to do the pom poms because I made a wooden tag to hang from my stocking (since I don’t have an embroidery machine and embroidering on fur was a little above my skill level…I mean I just learned how to sew and cut fur for heaven’s sake!) The packing tape trimming of the fur was so, so helpful (see at 1:25 of the video). Before I watched the video I tried to sew my fur without trimming it and it was a mess. I also just cut the fabric (including the fur) and it looked awful and jagged and choppy! I had no idea you need to slide under the fur and trim just the fabric part (see the working with fur video here).
I made my pattern on cardstock. Cut out two pieces of fabric for each stocking. Because I used a quilted fabric I choose not to do a liner like in the video. There is still a seam showing if you turn the stocking inside out…but with the fur lining top you don’t see it unless you are looking for it.
Y’all, this was easy enough that my 8 year old made one of her own! I helped her cut and showed her how to use the machine. She then spent the next 2 hours just sewing her little heart out. She made a pouch for her pencils and a bunch of other accessories and then she made a little purse/bag to carry the accessories in. I mean how cute is she!! (sorry for the blurry phone pics of her…unfortunately they were all I took)
I love, love, love how it turned out!
Wooden tag tutorial will be coming up on the blog shortly! Super simple and no fancy tools needed!