How to make a Christmas stocking

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  • Follow Country Homes and Interiors' step-by-step instructions and sew a Christmas stocking

    For a glamorous Christmas stocking, use a favourite fabric and intricate braids, bead trims and fringes

    You will need

    • Paper for template
    • Main fabric (we used Ortega Stone, ref7536/01, £42.50 a metre, Romo)
    • Interfacing (try Vilene Ultrasoft interfacing, 90cm by 50cm, £3.20, John Lewis)
    • Lining fabric
    • Selection of beaded, fabric and fringe trims (we used Fabbri white leaf trim, £41 a metre; Lavardin white and pink bead trims, £73 a metre; Gien fringe trim, £34 a metre, all Designers Guild; Florence Pleats pink trim, ref 150069, £14 a metre, Harlequin)
    • Tacking thread
    • Matching thread

    Step 1) Using the photograph as a guide, draw the stocking
    shape to your chosen size onto a piece of paper, add 1.5cm all round to allow for seams, then cut out.

    Step 2) Use this paper template to cut six stocking shapes, two in main fabric, two in interfacing and two in lining fabric.

    Step
    3)
    Place one main fabric stocking piece right side down on a flat
    surface and place one interfacing piece on top, matching the edges all
    round. Pin, then tack the two pieces together all round, 1cm from the edge.
    Repeat with the remaining main fabric and interfacing pieces. Remove the pins.

    Step 4) Right sides facing and matching edges all
    round, pin the two halves together and machine stitch all
    round, taking a 1.5cm seam and leaving the top edge open. Remove the
    tacking.

    Step 5) Carefully trim back the seams (and interfacing)
    and snip into the seam allowance at any curved points or corners, being
    careful to avoid the stitching. Turn through and push out the stocking
    shape around the corners and curves.

    Step 6) Repeat steps 4 and 5
    to machine stitch the two lining pieces together, but do not turn through.

    Step 7)
    Push the lining (still inside out) inside the main stocking, easing it
    into place inside the toe and heel until the raw edges align neatly
    along the top edge. Fold all the raw edges in around the top by 1.5cm
    and pin. Neatly slip-stitch the lining to the main fabric around the top
    edge. Remove pins.

    Step 8) Decide on the order and position of
    the trimmings you wish to use – we used four different designs. Cut the first trim
    to length, adding 2cm for seam allowances, and stitch, right sides
    facing, along the short ends to form a ring. Repeat for the remaining
    trims.

    Step 9) Pin and hand-stitch each row of trim in place
    around the stocking, starting with the one lowest on the stocking and
    finishing with the last trim around the top edge. Add a loop of trim for
    hanging and attach to a hallway banister or living room mantelpiece.

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