What a find on Christmas morning. A stocking full of presents at the end of the bed and, even better, it’s a homemade stocking too! This one is featured in our December issue and combines a jolly tartan fabric (Achray F6254-05, £102 a metre, Osborne & Little) finished with a cheery red cuff (Linara Post Box, 2494/16, £34.50 a metre, Romo).
To make draw a stocking pattern onto paper to your chosen size, adding 2.5cm seam allowances all round. Cut out two pieces from the tartan. For the trim measure along the top of the stocking cut a 10cm strip of red fabric to twice this measurement minus 5cm. Cut berry and leaf shapes from fabric remnants and using fabric bonding tape, iron onto one right side of a stocking section, embroidering stems and details if desired with contrasting thread. Right sides facing, pin and machine stitch the main stocking together, 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. Fold the trim in half widthways and stitch a 2.5cm seam along the short edges to form a ring. Press seam open and turn through. Fold the cuff ring in half along the length and press. Pin the two raw edges around the top of the cuff lining up with the wrong side of the stocking top and matching the trim seam with one of the stocking seams. Stitch in place and turn the trim down to cover the joining seam. To finish, add a fabric or string loop inside for hanging.
If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects for you to try. Happy crafting!
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