How to make a Christmas stocking

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    Embrace the craft trend this Christmas by learning how to make a Christmas stocking. From simple options to bold and bright designs, we show you how to make the perfect stocking that you can use year-after-year.

    You will need

    * Dressmaker’s pattern paper
    * Main red fabric (we used Melton Grenadier, ref LW106191, £72 a metre, Lewis & Wood)
    * Red gingham fabric (we used Suffolk Check 3, £15 a metre, Ian Mankin)
    * Tailor’s chalk
    * Matching thread
    * Bondaweb (44cm wide, £2.70 a metre, Cotton Patch)
    * White felt (from 45p, HobbyCraft; or 65p for an A4 piece, Willow Fabrics)
    * Contrasting thread for top stitching
    * Miniature bells or baubles for trimming (we used Rayher 15mm bells, £2.47 for 10, Creations Art & Craft Materials)

    Use this stocking template as a guide.  Michael A Hill

    Step 1) Using the stocking illustration as a guide, use
    dressmaker’s pattern paper to make a stocking pattern to your chosen
    size, adding 2.5cm seam allowances all round. Cut out two stocking
    pieces in red fabric.

    Step 2)
    Cut a piece of gingham to match the toe section of your cut-out
    stocking, adding 2.5cm along the straight edge for turning under. For
    the gingham trim at the top of the stocking, take one cut-out stocking
    piece and measure across the top edge. Cut a 10cm strip of gingham to
    twice this measurement minus 5cm.

    Step 3) Use tailor’s chalk
    to mark all 2.5cm seam lines on the right side of one stocking piece.
    Take your gingham toe piece, turn under 2.5cm along the straight edge
    and press. Pin, right side up on the right side of your marked stocking.
    Top stitch 5mm from the folded edge and then tack along curved edges.

    Use this template as a guide.  Michael A Hill

    Step 4) Using the templates as a guide, and checking the sizes against your chalked stocking, draw an icicle trim and three holly leaf
    shapes on the paper side of a piece of Bondaweb. Following
    manufacturer’s instructions, place the Bondaweb, paper side up, on to
    your felt and press.

    Cut out the shapes and check the sizes again
    against your stocking, making sure that the icicle trim in particular
    fits neatly between the three chalked seam lines at the top of the
    stocking. Trim a little if necessary. Remove the backing paper and iron
    the motifs in place on the stocking. Using a contrasting thread, top
    stitch all round each leaf, 5mm from the edges, and then stitch in the
    ‘veins’ of each leaf (use the illustration as a guide).

    Step 5)
    – Right sides facing and matching raw edges all round, pin the two
    stocking pieces together. Machine stitch, taking a 2.5cm seam, leaving
    the top edge open. Trim seams and snip into the seam allowances around
    the curved edges to ease the fit. Press open seam allowances and turn
    through.

    Step 6) – Fold the gingham strip in half widthways
    and stitch a 2.5cm seam along the short edges to form a ring. Press
    seam open and turn through. Fold in half along the length, matching raw
    edges and press. Then turn under 2.5cm along one long edge and press
    again. Repeat along the remaining long raw edge. Right sides facing and
    matching raw edges, pin the gingham trim to the top of the stocking,
    matching the trim seam with one of the stocking seams. Turn the trim
    over the raw edge of the stocking and slip stitch in place on the
    reverse. To finish, stitch miniature bells or baubles in place on the
    holly leaves.

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