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Christmas Stockings: How I made article 11

 Here’s how I made a quilted stocking. This is an article - in my how I made article series! Today I will be sewing a free motion quilted stocking, follow along with me!

What I used:

Cotton fabric 

Free motion quilting foot 


A branding label

Sewing machine/basic sewing supplies

Joann stocking pattern

How I made it:

I started by printing and cutting out my pattern from Joann and taped it together. I cut out my outside fabric (mirrored, the pieces can go right sides together with the toes facing the same way) from the pattern with lots of extra room so that as the fabric warps/shrinks a bit from quilting I can cut it back to size. I cut 2 mirrored pieces of fabric for my lining. 

I cut some batting about the same size as my other fabric pieces and sewed my pieces of batting together. I didn’t have a piece of batting large enough to cover all the area I needed so I sewed my pieces together. I made two batting pieces the same size as my outer linings. 

I matched one piece of batting with one outer fabric piece and did the same for the other one. With the batting on the underside of the fabric (right side up), I started to free-motion quilt my fabric. I repeated the same step for the other batting-fabric set. 

Next, I placed my quilted pieces right sides together. At this step, I chose to add my branding tag to the top. With the toes facing to the left and right sides together, I sandwiched the tag on the top right face down. 

I sewed around the edges and cut small notches on the seam around the stocking. I took a strip of ribbon and cut it to 6” long and looped it. I sewed it on the good side of the fabric and on the right, with the loop inwards (towards the tag) and directly on the seam. 

Now was time to take out the lining that I cut and sew those pieces right sides together. Although, I needed to leave a gap here so later I can turn the whole stocking right side out. I left the gap on the edge without the toe. 

Leaving the lining inside out, I tucked in my outer stocking, which was right side out, into it. I lined up the seams and finger pressed them open and pinned them around the top. Next, I sewed around the top. 

I flipped the whole stocking right side out but did not push the lining into the outer yet. First, I needed to poke out all the 'corners' and smooth out the edges, now it was to sew up the gap. I ironed the gap so that the raw edges were inside the lining and out of view. I topstitched right along this edge.

I pushed the lining into the outer, smoothed it out, and lined up the toes as best as possible. Before I topstitched the top, I pressed the whole stocking, paying special attention to the top. 

Now was the last step! Using a bit of a larger seam allowance, about a 1/2", I topstitched the top of the stocking.

Let me know if you sewed along and share how it went in the comments!


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