Christmas stockings are one of those things that bring back memories every time you pull them out of the box. Even though you can't pack as much into them, I prefer the ones that look like they just slipped off someone's foot- you really have to dig deep to pull out the smallest treasures stuffed into the toe. These monogrammed beauties combine rustic wools with homey details like buttons, blanket stitches, and calicos for a hodepodge of Dickensian charm, perfect for a traditional of whimsical Christmas mantel, and sure to be used year after year.
About 18" (45.5cm) long x 12" (30.5) wide
1/4" (6mm), unless otherwise noted
- Plaid woolens look interesting when cut on the bias, so I've allowed for that extra fabric in the materials list. If you're using tweed or a solid-colored wool, you'll only need 1/2 yd (30.5cm).
- I like to lay out all the buttons I'll be using on the printed paper copy of the monogram. I play with the arrangement to get the buttons nicely spaced and the colors evenly balanced. To sew the buttons to the felt patch, pick them up one at a time and stitch.
In Stitched in Time Alicia Paulson shares 30 beautiful, inventive, and thoughtful projects that encourage you to take your memories down from the bookshelf, out of the closet, or off the hard drive and bring them into your daily life. Creator of a charming line of handmade gifts and accessories called Posie: Rosy Little Things, Paulson organizes these adorable handmade mementos—each one incorporating unique elements such as photos, drawings, and other ephemera—into three sections: For the Little Ones, For Every Day, and For Special Occasions. Many projects are easy enough for the beginning sewer to complete, and Paulson explains all the necessary techniques, from hand- and machine-sewing to embroidery, appliqué, stenciling, and transferring photos to fabric.
In as little as a weekend anyone can create a keepsake for the ages that will be enjoyed every day—whether it’s a quilt made from outgrown baby clothes, an apron featuring a favorite family recipe, a tote bag documenting a treasured vacation, or a stuffed animal fashioned from a child’s drawing. With love incorporated into every stitch, these sweet projects each evoke the feeling of a special time and place, and are so much more than just a commemoration of events. Whether you want to remember your family summers at the beach or a daughter’s first apartment, a perfect gift for a loved one or a memento to keep all to yourself is just stitches away.
Enlarge the Stocking template to the percentage specified. Place the template right side up on the wool fabric, aligning grain as desired. Trace and cut 2 stocking pieces, 2 stabilizer pieces, and 2 lining pieces (lining fabric does not have to be cut on the bias). Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron the stabilizer pieces onto the wrong sides of the stocking pieces. Set aside.
To make the monogram patch, user your computer to print out a simple letter sized to about 4" (10cm) tall (I used Andale Mono at 430-point size). Trace the letter onto the felt patch using dressmaker's carbon paper. Stitch small buttons along the outline of the letter. Place the patch on the front of the stocking about 2" (5cm) below the top. Blanket stitch the patch to the stocking front, using 3 strands of embroidery floss.
To make the toe and heel patches, cut 2 toe pieces and 2 heel pieces and baste each patch to the stocking around all edges. Decorate the inside curves of the patches using 3 strands of embroidery foll and a blanket stitch. Place the front and back stocking pieces right sides together, and stitch around the stocking, leaving the top open and catching the toe and heel patches smoothly in the seam. Clip the curves, and turn the stocking right side out. Remove basting stitches on the toe and heel patches.
To make the lining, put the right sides of the 2 lining pieces together and stitch around the stocking lining, leaving the top open. Trim the seam to 1/8" (3mm). Leaving the wrong side out, insert the lining into the stocking, matching the top edges evenly. Baste around the top.
To make the stocking hanger (loop), cut a 7" (18cm) length of the tape and fold in half lengthwise. Edge stitch down each long edge, and set the hanger aside. Attach the binding to the top of the stocking, folding the hanger in half and slipping the ends under the binding at the side seam before machine-sewing.