It was time for me to sew some new Christmas stockings for our mantel this year. I thought it would be a good idea to make them neutral in colour so they could match our Christmas decor from year to year, but I still wanted them to be interesting and a little bit fun. I love linen and burlap, so when I found this gorgeous linen burlap from OnlineFabricStore.net, I knew it would be the perfect fabric for our Christmas stockings. Then, when I saw this stocking from Anthropologie, I had my inspiration to create some pretty new stockings for my family this year.
There are five stockings in total that are all made from the same fabric combination, but I’ve made them all slightly different with different cuff and trim treatments. I love the effect! They’re still neutral and classic looking, but the different cuffs make them unique and whimsical.
The first one I made was directly inspired by the Anthro Christmas stocking with a long fringed cuff and angled trim in golds and creams with lots of texture:
With the rest of the stockings, I simply played with scraps of furry fabric and textured trims I had in my stash:
All of the stockings maintain the same colour scheme of ivory, oatmeal and gold, but all of the cuff treatments are completely different.
My girls have already claimed the ones with the gold leaf ribbon on them! They’re my favourites too.
Here’s how I made them:
- 1 yard Oatmeal Irish Linen Burlap
- 1 yard Ivory Irish Linen Burlap
- 1 yard of lining fabric (I used scraps of cotton quilting weight fabric and some broadcloth that I had on hand)
- various scraps of faux fur, metallic ribbon, cotton ribbon, pom-pom trim and lace
I really liked the shape of the Anthropologie stocking, so I made a similar pattern inspired by that shape for my stockings. You can download the pattern for free by clicking here. Print it out, and then tape it together so it looks like this:
I used irish linen burlap to make these stockings. It’s unlike traditional burlap in that it is much softer and less smelly. It has a gorgeous hand, and I really, really recommend using it!
To make the fringed stocking:
- Cut 2 main stocking pieces from the oatmeal linen burlap and two from the lining fabric. Then, cut two cuff pieces (use the longer length shown on the pattern) from the ivory irish linen. There’s no need to cut any cuff linings if you’re making this fringed cuff version.
- Fringe the cuff pieces from the bottom up to the dotted line on the pattern (about halfway up the cuff). To do this, use a pin to pull out the first crosswise thread on the bottom of the cuff, and pull it out. Repeat and pull out the crosswise threads to create a fringe.
- Sew the outer stocking pieces together by pinning their right sides together and serging or stitching around the outer edges and leaving the top open. Repeat with the lining pieces. Then, sew the cuff together at the sides.
- Embellish your cuff piece as you please with pieces of trim, ribbon and lace. Pin the pieces in place, and then sew them down with a machine.
- Place the cuff inside of the main stocking. The wrong side of the cuff should face the right side of the stocking. Pin them together, matching the upper raw edge and side seams. Cut a length of trim or ribbon to make a hanger (mine were about 4″ long), fold it, and pin it to the center back seam of the stocking so that it’s raw edge matches the stocking’s raw edge. Then, pin the lining to the main stocking piece, right sides together, matching the side seams. Make sure the toes are facing the same way! Sew or serge them together, leaving a hole that is at least 4 inches wide.
- Turn the stocking right side out, pin the hole shut by folding the raw edges inward and then top stitch around the entire top edge of the stocking to close the hole and finish the stocking.
Here are ideas for other stocking designs based on this pattern:
Make the cuff half the length (use the dotted line on the pattern to cut), and trim the bottom of the cuff with faux fur and embellish with a gold ribbon.
Make the cuff half the length, and trim it with pom-pom trim and vintage lace.
Make a fringed cuff, and embellish with lace, pom-pom trim and cotton patterned ribbon.
Sew a stocking with a shorter cuff, and make it entirely out of faux fur. For this one I cut cuff pieces from faux fur AND from lining fabric. I sewed the cuff side seams on the fur piece and the lining piece, and then I pinned them right sides together. Then, I sewed the fur cuff to the lining cuff along one long edge. I flipped the cuff to the right side and then continued on with the original directions.
I had a blast making these, and I really love how they look on our mantel! I’ll be sharing our Christmas mantel on Monday during the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour – I hope you stop by for that!
Which stocking is your favourite?
Thank you, OnlineFabricStore.net, for providing me with the lovely fabric for this project!