This is a stash-only project.
Don’t buy new fabric for this project!
Reach into that ol’ stash of goodies. To make this stash-buster stocking, I elaborated upon the versatile Stockings with Style pattern from Tie Dye Diva. This is a pattern I’ve made several times before, but it’s the first time I decided to do something different from what the pattern calls for – I reached into my stash and designed a stripwork-style stocking.
I like Tie Dye Diva’s pattern because it includes two sizes each of two style options. There’s an “elf” version with a cute, pointy toe, and a traditional version with a rounded toe. My daughter and I have made the elf type many times as gifts for teachers. I like this Christmas stocking pattern because it’s fully lined and comes out looking professional every time.
For my stash-buster variation of the pattern, we’re doing the “traditional” version in the smaller, fat-quarter size. But you can make either version in the larger size as well – just use more fabric strips.
What you’ll need for the small, traditional style Christmas stocking pattern:
* Tie Dye Diva’s stocking pattern. I’m focusing here on teaching the stripwork portion and leaving the nuts-and-bolts of the assembly to Jen’s well-written pattern.
* One fat quarter out of your stash. I know you have at least one that will work. This will be used for the lining, so it can be a fat quarter in a color that you now wonder why you ever purchased it. I’m using a lovely print that I purchased in home-dec weight by accident.
* Several fabric scraps that are at least 18in (46cm) long by 1 1/2in (38mm) wide. You’ll need 22 strips, so select your palette accordingly.
* Fusible interfacing, if desired. I didn’t use it because the seams in the stripwork add a little body to the outside of the stocking, and because I lined it with home dec fabric. Without the heavier fabric I would have interfaced mine.
* Small piece (5in / 13cm or so) of 3/8in-5/8in (10-16mm) ribbon
* Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
* Regular sewing supplies
* Sewing machine
First, read through the instructions that come with the pattern, and press your fabric. Next, cut 22 strips from your scraps, each 1 1/2in (cm) wide. You’ll need 22 of these; that’s enough strips for the front and back of the stocking (below).
Trim off any pesky selvages, and then trim all the strips to 18in (46cm).
To sew, place two strips right sides together. Pin if desired along one long side. Sew this long edge together with a scant 1/4in (6mm) seam allowance; no back stitching is required. “Scant” means I use my 1/4in (6mm) machine foot and sew with the fabric just a thread or two inside the edge of the foot. Here are more tips for sewing a perfect quarter-inch seam.
Next, we’re going the quilty route with these seams – press the seam allowances to one side, as in photo 3, rather than open. Continue in this manner with the remaining pieces, by sewing one long strip to the previous one, right sides together. In photo 4 I’m attaching the third strip to the two sewn before.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a sheet of pieced fabric. Be sure to press all the seam allowance the same direction, so the back is tidy.
Arrange the pattern pieces as directed, with one facing up and the other reversed (you’ll probably use the same pattern piece. I re-drew it and turned it upside down for teaching purposes). Repeat this with the intact fat quarter, for the lining.
Cut and sew as instructed, so you’ll have the lining and the main stocking. Jen’s pattern will instruct you to turn the lining right-side out while leaving the main stocking piece inside-out.
Before placing the main stocking inside the lining, you’ll need to place two pins at the side seams of the pieced stocking section – with all of those seams, it’s difficult to find the side seams if you don’t mark them!
Continue making the cuff as shown in the pattern. Be sure when attaching the cuff to the stocking that the hanger is placed at the top edge, sandwiched between the the stocking and the cuff. I only mention this because my daughter made hers with the hanger facing out – it’s mentioned in the pattern but it’s such an easy mistake to make!
Turn the liner to the inside, press, and, like magic – a professionally lined, stash-busting stocking. How many can you make *without* running to the fabric store? This is such a fun and inexpensive way to sew the Tie Dye Diva Christmas stocking pattern. Hang the finished stocking from your mantel or give as a gift for someone else to enjoy!
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