Make your own Liberty Print stocking

Thursday 13th December 2012, 9.52

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but our Liberty print stockings are so delightful! If you fancy hanging one of these beautiful stockings above the fireplace this Christmas, read our handy how-to-make tutorial below.
The idea for these stockings came from blogger Blonde Design. Karen was taught her sewing skills by her late father, a pattern cutter and tailor, and has been sewing for as long as she can remember.  Read her tutorial below.


This stocking is 36cm high – if you’d like to make a larger version, simply double or triple the measurements

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE and print on 2 x A3 sheets

We’ve used 4 x different Liberty print fabrics (we’ve used classic prints, but you can choose any mixture you like)

You will need:

2 x fabric pieces for the leg (approx 1/4 metre each) – shown in Wiltshire Berry below
2 x fabric pieces for the toe (approx 1/4 metre each) – shown in Mitsi below
2 x fabric peices heel pieces (approx 1/4 metre each) – shown in Floribunda below
1 x fabric piece for the cuff (approx 1/4 metre) – shown in Hera below
1/4 metre batting or thin wadding
Plain lining fabric (this is to ensure the wadding is sandwiched, but you can also buy cotton backed wadding if you prefer)
TIP: if you don’t have either of these and want to use up any craft things you have been hoarding, felt can also be used for the wadding 

Sewing machine
1 x small bell per stocking
Ribbon for hanging

STEP 1: Cut out your paper pattern, place these onto your fabric pieces and cut out. You will need:

2 x leg pieces
2 x toe pieces
2 x heel pieces
1 x cuff on fold

STEP 2: Take one toe piece and leg piece and match them up.

STEP 3 On join, fold right sides together and pin together.

TIP: See the 1/4″ overlap at edges. You will sew a 1/4″ seam, so this overlap will help prevent it being off centre

STEP 4: Open out and iron. You will still have unmatched seams on the left, but don’t worry it will be trimmed up later. Repeat this for the other side of the stocking.

STEP 5: Lay the lining fabric right side down, then the wadding, then Liberty print stocking right sides face up. Pin into place.

STEP 6: Cut the 2 stocking pieces apart.

STEP 7: Place the heel fabric onto the stocking and secure using a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.

STEP 8: Freehand quilt the rest of the stocking. If you don’t know how or do not have a machine foot to do this then just straight line stitch at random intervals across the stocking to create a quilted pattern.

STEP 9: After quilting both sides cut around the edges of the wadding to create the stocking shapes as shown below.

STEP 10: With right sides together line up your heel. Pin, then sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam, leaving the top end open.

TIP: Before turning the right way round, snip into all the curves so it will sit properly. Plus, snip away fabric at the curly toe.

STEP 11: Turn the stocking the right way out.

TIP: Push the toe out using a large knitting needle – being careful not to push the needle through the fabric.

Put the stocking to one side.

STEP 12: Take your piece of Liberty print fabric which you cut out for the cuff and lay flat. Make sure the longer edge is along the bottom and the top. Fold this piece in half.

STEP 13: With the short ends together, and right sides together, sew down what is now the longer side (shown on the right-hand side of the photo below).  Turn right-side out and you will have a tube. Iron the seam flat.

STEP 14: Turn up, so both raw edges are together. Iron flat.

STEP 15: Taking your stocking and cuff piece, place your cuff inside the stocking so the right side of the cuff is facing inwards towards the lining and pin. All your raw edges will be together.

STEP 16: Carefully sew with the cuff in place with a running stitch on a sewing machine.

TIP: Test your stitch length and tension on a piece of wadding before you begin to sew to make sure it won’t snag or bunch on your sewing machine.

Overlock the outside seam and trim. If you don’t have an overlocker, you can use a zigzag stitch on stitch length 2.

Pull the cuff through so it is right side out.

STEP 17 – THE FINAL STEP! Finally, stuff the toe with wadding and stitch a jingle bell to the end of the toe.  We’ve also added a piece of ribbon and a button to the top for hanging and decoration.

Hang on the mantle piece and wait for Father Christmas!


1 Comment

  1. Vicky says:

    Thank you. Have just made one for my daughter’s first Christmas. Pattern works a treat, even for a novice like me!

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