Make one – or all – of these classic stockings, just in time for the holiday season

Christmas stockings

A trio of charming Christmas stockings to make

Making patterns and cutting out

Enlarge the stocking template on a photocopier, so that the cuff width measures approximately 20cm, and cut out.

Red snowflake stocking

You will need:

✤ 70 x 50cm piece of red felt
✤ Craft glue
✤ Needle and matching
sewing thread
✤ 38cm length of twine
or narrow ribbon
✤ Pinking shears
✤ White snowflake decorations

1 Place the stocking template on to a folded piece of red felt and draw round. Cut out using pinking shears to create zigzag edges.

2 Pin the two stocking pieces together and machine-stitch around the edges, leaving the
top open.

3 Loop the twine or ribbon and sew in position inside the back of the stocking.

4 Put some newspaper inside the stocking for protection, then apply craft glue to the snowflakes and place in position.

Floral cuff stocking and gingham initial stocking

For each stocking you will need:

✤ 60 x 110cm-wide white
cotton fabric
✤ 60 x 110cm-wide cotton
fabric for the lining
✤ 38cm length of matching
twine or ribbon
✤ Needle and matching
sewing thread

For the floral cuff stocking:

✤ 38 x 20cm piece of red and
white floral cotton fabric
✤ 38cm length of white cotton lace

For the gingham initial stocking:

✤ 20 x 34cm piece of red and
white cotton gingham
✤ 20 x 34cm piece of iron-on webbing
✤ Craft glue

To make a lined stocking:

1 Fold the main outer fabric in half, then, right sides facing, pin on the stocking template
and cut two pieces. Repeat with the lining fabric.

2 Place the two outer pieces together, right sides facing, then pin and machine-stitch around the outside edges, leaving the top edges open.

3 Trim the seam allowance and snip into the curves. Turn right side out and press. Repeat for the two lining pieces, leaving a gap for turning through, this time leaving it inside out.

4 Put the outer stocking into the lining so that the right sides are facing. Arrange the top edges so that they are level, pin and machine-stitch around the top.

5 Pull the outer stocking and the lining through the gap. Stitch the gap closed. Tuck the lining into the stocking and press.

To make the floral lace edge cuff:

1 Pin and machine-stitch the short edges of the cuff together, with right sides facing, and press the seam open.

2 Open the cuff and fold down so that both of the raw edges are level at the bottom edge, and the wrong sides are facing.

3 Press the fold around the cuff. Pin the cotton lace close to the folded edge, so that the lace extends out from the cuff, starting at the seam, and machine- stitch. Hand-stitch the ends of
the lace together at the seam.

4 Push the cuff into the top of the stocking with the raw edges at the top and matching the seam at the back of the stocking.

Pin and machine- stitch around the top edge.

5 Pull the cuff up and fold down on to the outside of the stocking. Loop the twine or ribbon and hand-sew in position inside the back of the stocking.

To make the gingham zigzag cuff:

1 Iron the webbing on to the wrong side of the gingham fabric, using a damp cloth.

2 Trace the template for the zigzag cuff and cut out. Pin the template on to the gingham fabric, draw round and cut out two pieces.

3 Draw your chosen initial on to the remaining gingham fabric and cut out.

4 Place the zigzag cuffs together, right sides facing and machine-stitch along the
two short sides.

5 Turn the cuff right side out and push into the top of the stocking with the straight edges level. Pin and machine-stitch around the top edge.

6 Pull the cuff up and fold down on to the outside of the stocking.

7 Push a piece of cardboard into the stocking for protection, then apply a little glue to the underside of the points and press down. Glue the initial in place.

8 Loop the twine or ribbon and hand-sew in position inside the back of the stocking.

TOP TIP

You can use either felt or wooden snowflake decorations, or use some of your existing Christmas decs to embellish the stocking.

Christmas stocking template

Cut out the template for our Christmas stocking