Father Christmas is on his way!

Father Christmas is on his way!

I happened upon a blog post recently showing some beautiful personalised Christmas stockings made for a couple of children for Christmas. I stupidly did not ‘pin’ the article (and cannot remember the blogger) and hence could not find the said images again when I came to make my own. (If you (the blogger) are reading this, please comment below so I can give you full credit!)

Amongst the many different example on Pinterest I came across these

blondedesign.blogspot elf christmas stocking tutorial pattern

Elf christmas stocking tutorial pattern by blonde design

Aren’t these absolutely gorgeous made in beautiful Liberty Print?
If you fancied making some up in Liberty you could do no better than visit Very Berry Fabrics on Folksy for affordable Liberty fabric pieces.

But I was determined to make some stockings from my fabric stash.

I also came across these.

Elf Stocking By Patty Young

Elf Stocking By Patty Young

Click on either of these images for some great tutorials.

Inspired by both these makes I put togther my own for my 2 year old niece, Eleni.

I do not have the patience or the time, unfortunately, to write out a tutorial but as they say, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’

My initial sketch

My initial sketch prior to making it larger and wider (for larger, wider presents!)

and a template for the top

and a template for the top.
This is a piece of an Ikea tea towel. Lovely thick cotton, perfect for crafting.

Stitching the points before turning it inside out and pressing

Stitching the points before turning it inside out and pressing

I wanted a nice thick stocking that would look good unfilled as it would filled. Here is my fabric, wadding, cotton sandwich

I wanted a nice thick stocking that would look good unfilled as it would filled. Here is my fabric, wadding, cotton sandwich

A long machine running stitch made around the stocking shape outside where my seam would be sown to piece the layers together.

A long machine running stitch made around the stocking shape outside where my seam would be sown to piece the layers together.

Cut out.

Cut out.

A contrasting patch of gingham sown onto the heel.

A contrasting patch of gingham sown onto the heel.

and some letters cut out of felt hand stitched with red embroidery thread.

and some letters cut out of felt hand stitched with red embroidery thread.

With right sides together the stocking pieces are sown together, leaving the top open, and turned the right way round after clipping away the excess fabric. Pocking the toe out was quite fiddly.

With right sides together the stocking pieces are sown together, leaving the top open, and turned the right way round after clipping away the excess fabric. Poking the toe out was quite fiddly.

Stitching the top cuff to the top of the stocking

Stitching the top cuff to the top of the stocking

View from the outside

View from the outside

Little bells attached

Little bells attached

and one more ....

and one more ….

.....completes the stocking

…..completes the stocking


Needless to say, my daughter has already put in an order.

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

26 responses »

  1. I agree – brilliant. I really like the curled up toe and the bells. I suspect you may get a lot of orders for these!

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  2. Well you cannot blame your daughter, you are never to old for a Santa stocking!

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  3. It’s gorgeous !!!! No wonder your daughter has put her order in. Great tutorial too xx

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  4. The Quilt Meister

    Very lovely x

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  5. Joyful Art Stuff

    the elf stockings are gorgeous! lot of work though! but i love them

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  6. What a lovely stocking. Well done 🙂

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  7. Wow, that’s very lovely. I really like the more muted colours of yours, too, with the big red contrasts. More sophisticated!

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  8. I love the bells on these, Santa must make sure he’s nice and quiet 🙂

    Jan x

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  9. Lovely socks, and so bright, seen on handmade harbour

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  10. I love this! I recently got a sewing machine so after a little bit more practice I think I’m going to try this out, thanks for sharing!
    ps visiting you from Handmade Monday 🙂

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  11. It is absolutely stunning, and you are right – the pictures really tell the whole story.

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  12. Pingback: Christmas Tree Garland | Love, Lucie

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