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November 22, 2011

A Tuesday Tutorial – Very Vintage-Inspired Christmas Stocking – Part 1

By Andrea

The sudden dump of snow that we had here reminded me that  I need to get cracking on a Christmas stocking for my younger daughter.   I was browsing vintage patterns to find something that I liked, and I realized that I could make a very mid-century Christmas stocking without a pattern at all!  Easy peasy.  So I thought I would share a tute so you all can make your own mid-century stockings at home.  Plus, for those of you out there who are non-sewers, I will give you some suggestions on how you can do up some stockings without a lick of sewing.

This pattern is a very typical example of the stocking patterns that were available, and it’s what were using for inspiration.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A solid, or minimally patterned fabric for the stocking itself (I used this red marble)
  • Some vintage embroidery designs.  There are a ton of these out there available for free, just search “vintage christmas embroidery” or “vintage christmas embroidery pattern”.  Print off the ones you’d like to use.  Now, don’t be alarmed, I am not going to make you embroider, heh.
  • Felt squares, or other small pieces of fabrics that you may want to use for your appliques on your stocking.
  • Heat n’ Bond Lite
  • Coordinating and contrasting sewing thread
  • Either a stocking template (again, there are tons of these available for free online), or a stocking that you like the size and shape of to trace.  Beware of making it too big, as it makes it a lot of work for Santa to fill! (My older daughter has a stocking that’s colossal, I learned my lesson!)
  • Bias tape, rick rack, and any other embellishments that you may want to add.

Let’s get started!

Start of  by tracing a front and a back for your stocking on to your fabric:

Don’t cut it out yet.  Take the front of your stocking and set it aside.  Now, take the back of your stocking – we’re going to add a 1/2″ seam allowance around it to everywhere, except for the top.

This one you can cut out, and set aside for now.

Now, grab your package of Heat n’ Bond.  For those of you unfamilliar with Heat n’ Bond, this is what it looks like in the package:

Heat n’ Bond is going to make this project soooooooo much easier.  Heat n’ Bond is a paper backed, double sided fuser.  Grab the fabric or felt that you’d like to use for your letters, and iron a piece of it (large enough to cut your letters out of) on to the shiny side of the Heat n’ Bond.  Draw out your letters (or you could print letters off from your computer and trace them, if you’re not confident of your letter drawing skills), cut them out, and the back just peels off like a sticker:

Once you’ve got all of your letters cut out, place them shiny side down on your stocking, decide upon the placement, and iron them on.

Now they will stay in place perfectly when you go to applique them on by machine.

Let’s pull out the embroidery patterns that you printed off.  We’re going to use these as templates for your applique shapes to put on your stocking.  You have a couple of choices in how to transfer these to your fabric.  You can get some tracing paper, and trace them on that way, or you can get an iron-on transfer pen.  With an iron on transfer pen, you simply trace the design with the pen, place it traced side down on your fabric, and iron.  The design will then be transferred to your fabric.  You may also want to transfer on any areas of design that you want to embroider on a well.

Alternately, you can just use the embroidery designs as a guide – what you put on the stocking doesn’t have to be the same size, or identical.

If you have an applique that you want to do some additional embroidery or embellishment on, it may be easier to do before you cut it out, or put it on the stocking.  For my deer applique, I wanted to machine embroider the spots on, which I did before I ironed it on to the stocking:

Once you’ve got a few appliques cut out (in this case, less is more, I think.  If we look at the original pattern, most of the stockings only have a few appliques other than the name), decide on your placement, and iron them on to your stocking:

That’s it for part 1!  Come back in two weeks, when we will embellish and complete our stockings – and I’ll give some directions on a no-sew method for this project!

Any questions – let me know in the comments.  I’d also love to hear if any of you out there had a stocking that was a similar style to this one!



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10 Responses to A Tuesday Tutorial – Very Vintage-Inspired Christmas Stocking – Part 1

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this! That little fawn is just too adorable.

    • Andrea Reply

      November 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks! I am glad to know that it is recognizable as a deer – my hubby asked if it was meant to be a Chihuahua, LOL!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I can just tell – this is going to be the most adorable Christmas stocking ever!!!

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I can’t wait to see the finished product! This is just TOO cute.

  4. Brandy @midcenturymodernlove Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 10:43 am

    love this. but have to giggle at the irony that it requires a pattern. 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      November 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      But it doesn’t! I am showing you how to do it without a pattern, heh 🙂

  5. Andrea Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks, Sara and Betty! I am pretty pleased with the finished product, excited to show it off in two weeks!

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  7. Debbie Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    So cute! I love the pattern too. I still have my stocking from when I was a kid, it is very much like these. (I found your darling blog while looking for mid century decorating ideas. We just bought a ’57 Shasta that I want to decorate mid century.)

    • Andrea Reply

      November 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      That’s awesome that you still have your stocking from when you were a kid, Debbie! And welcome 🙂

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