Stocking - Applique
1 yard,1/2 and 1/4 yard of fabrics for each section.
1 yard of pom pom fringing or similar.
Double sided fuse-able webbing.
To make your own stocking you need a yard of the fabric you want to make the main body of the stocking from, a 1/2 yard of the fabric you plan to use for the cuff, and a 1/4 yard of the applique fabric. You also need a yard of ball fringe trim and a sheet of double-sided fusible webbing, which usually comes in a package with multiple sheets like paper. I use Steam-a-Seam.
First, you need to wash, dry and iron all your fabrics.
Fold your main stocking fabric selvage to selvage with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Fold it in half again in the same direction. Trace the outside of an old stocking on the fabric using a fabric marker. Cut out the stocking shape through all four layers of fabric. Two pieces will make up the outside of the stocking, and the other two will make up the lining.
Measure across the top of your cut out stocking shape. Cut four rectangles from your cuff fabric that are 1" wider than the top of the stocking and 5" tall.
Cut a piece of your applique fabric the same size as one of your sheet of double-sided fusible webbing. Adhere the fusible webbing to the back of the piece of fabric following the instructions that came with it. Cut two heart shapes roughly the size of the palm of your hand from the fabric once it cools.
Peel the backing from the other side of the fusible webbing on the back of each heart, and adhere one applique to the right side of two of the stocking shapes you cut out, but first make sure the two stocking shapes you choose are mirror images of each other. Sew around the edge of each heart applique with a zig-zag stitch to permanently adhere it to the stocking.
Put the two appliqued stocking pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Sew the two pieces together along all sides, except across the top, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4-inch.
Put the other two stocking pieces, what will become the lining, together with the right sides facing each other. Sew the pieces together the same way using a .75" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to .25". Turn the lining so the right side of the fabric faces out. Tuck the lining inside the inside out stocking.
Take two of the cuff rectangles with the right sides together, and sew them together along the short sides with a .5" seam allowance. Repeat with the other two rectangles. Turn one set of rectangles right side out, line the straight edge of the ball fringe up with one of the straight edges of the loop created by the two rectangles being sewn together. Trim the extra fringe once it is pinned all the way around. Sew the strip of the fringe to the fabric using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Tuck this loop inside the other. Sew the two loops together around the edge where the fringe is attached. Sew around this edge just off the edge of the ball fringe strip where the balls are attached. You don't want the strip of the fringe to show, just the balls, so you want to make sure that strip is completely tucked in the seam. Turn the cuff right side out. The ball fringe will hang around the bottom edge of the cuff.
Tuck the top edge of the stocking, which is inside out right now, inside the cuff so the top edge of the stocking and the top edge, without the ball fringe, of the cuff are lined up. Sew the two pieces together around that edge with a .5" seam allowance. Turn the stocking right side out, and flip the cuff down. Iron over the whole stocking to smooth out the seams and help it lay nice and flat.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.