Holiday Greetings Fellow Crafters! I just wanted to share a blog post RoseArt recently posted featuring my Scraps Christmas Stocking Tutorial. I'm honored and super excited! Thank you dearly RoseArt! Check out the blog posthere.
If you can get your hands on RoseArt’s line of craft-kits
called “Scraps”, you’ll never want to put the crazy characters down!These cute, fuzzy friends will provide hours
of creative play for your children.They
come in several different colors with a variety of adorable names &
attachments. You can mix and match their
legs & accessories because they button on & off, which makes these parts
interchangeable with the other characters. The more you have the more creative
creations you can come up with.Scraps
are inspiring to say the least…which is why I’m so excited to have been asked
to come up with a Christmas stocking that features them!
Finding a stocking pattern that I love has been a bit of a
struggle for me.I always find cute
fabric, adorable accessories, an array of ribbons and glitter, even pleasing
ready-made stockings…but, I have yet to find the perfect stocking pattern.So, what’s a girl to do?She can design her own stocking of course!If you have a pattern you’d like to use, I
would encourage you do so, but if you’re like me and have something particular
in mind…try the method I used below. I
think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is…..
9 different coordinating fabrics (or less, your
choice);enough fabric to cover the
front & back of the stocking, lining inside of stocking, lining for the
cuff & loop for hanging up the
Buttons (small enough to fit Scraps’
Batting for cuff (optional)
Stocking Pattern (see my pattern idea before
buying a pattern)
2 Adorable Scraps by RoseArt (I used Hoots and
1 Sheet of white,
glittery felt for toe & heel of stocking
rubber bans.(The tiny ones you use for hair.)
Green Tips: If you’re someone who sews, try to use up your sewing scraps
before buying any fabric or notions for this project. You’ll save time, money & help the
environment. You can also use colorful
fabrics from clothes your children have outgrown.
It’s a good idea to lay out all of your
selections to make sure everything goes together before you begin. (I didn’t
use the red fabric pictured…it’s a stocking that I used for creating my
I like how the red
fits right in though. ;0)
Select an old stocking by its size & shape or draw a
stocking from scratch.Draw it the exact
size you’d like it to be when finished; the seam allowances will be added later
on while in the process of cutting out the stocking. The stocking below is what
I used. When tracing its shape onto my pattern paper, I flipped up the cuff and
traced around it too so that it became a part of the length, as the red section
was too short for my taste.Next, I
traced the stocking onto a brown paper bag. I ended up having to put together 2
paper bags because of the length…I just taped two bags together.When you are done tracing out the shape you
like, cut the pattern out.
several strips of coordinating fabric into 2“ strips…make sure they are wide
enough by providing a ½ inch hang all around the stockings edges. Lay them out in the order you’d like them to
appear, and then sew enough of them together to cover the entire length of the
stocking. Leave about 1 inch extra at the top and bottom. For the sides, just
make sure there is no less than ½ inch all the way around the edges.
Iron the strips flat, lay your pattern on top and make sure
you have at least 1/2” of fabric available around the edges of the entire
stocking.Some areas will have far more
than 1/2”…that’s fine.
Pin your pattern to the fabric, and then cut around the
pattern leaving a ½” of fabric from the edge of the pattern for seam allowances.
Use your stocking cutout as a pattern for the rest of the
stocking. You will need 2 layers of fabric for the lining and one layer of
different fabric for the back of the stocking.Make sure you cut two opposites for the lining. The fabric for the back
of the stocking should be cut out with the right side of the fabric facing down,
while the pattern itself is facing right side up.
Here are some pictures of the lining fabric ready to cut out.
Sew the front and back of the stocking
right sides together using a ½” seam allowance. Snip fabric at the curves to
get rid of excess fabric, which allows for a smoother appearance on the outside
& easier turning. Don’t snip too close to the seam! Then turn the stocking
right side out.
Sew the lining print to print
using a ½” seam allowance, and leave it that way; don’t turn it inside out.Set aside.
Next, you’re going to cut out the
toe and heel from the white glittery sheet of felt.Sew them on using a blanket stitch. This is a
common stitch, which you should be able to get directions by googling “blanket
Below:arrange the buttons on the stocking where you
would like to sew them on.Notice I left
the top blank because this is where the cuff will cover (see below).
Next: Insert the lining into the stocking & fit it to
the inside until it conforms to the stocking, & line up the tops of the
stocking and lining evenly. The lining adds a classy touch as well as keeps
toys from snagging on the threads of the otherwise unfinished inside of the
In order to create the cuff, you’re going to cut out 2 front
pieces and 2 back pieces.You can add
batting if you’d like, it’s not necessary though. I did add batting.I love the sturdy feel it gives, and it makes
for a nice touch.For my cuff, I
measured my fabric out so that it would cover the top 3 strips of the stocking (about
4 inches down) with an additional 1/2 inch in the width for extra room,
especially if you’re going to add batting. If you are not using batting then you do not need to add the ½”. You must also add your 1/2” seam allowance
to these dimensions before cutting out the cuff at the top, bottom & sides.
I sewed the pieces to the batting along the sides and the
bottom…leaving the top un-sewn; then turn right side out. Attach the cuff to the stocking with pins by
inserting the cuff into the stocking with the right side of the cuff print facing
the lining (this side will show when cuff is turned out). Line up your seams. Make the hanging loop before sewing the cuff into place.
To create the loop…cut a strip of fabric that
will be long enough to provide at least an inch or two for hanging and at least
an inch to hang below the point it’s sewn.
I used a 10” x 4” strip…fold in half, right sides together…sew down the
middle of the strip…trim about a 1/4” off the edge…turn inside out. Done.
The loop will be sewn
into place between the liner and the cuff at the back seam.Attach by inserting the loop downwards into
the stocking with the raw ends up (see the picture below where the stripped
fabric is sticking out at the top on the left side). Sew all along the top with
a ½” seam allowance, & back stitch at the loop to make sure it’s extra
secure. When finished, flip the cuff
over to the outside, and the loop will be ready for hanging. There are more
The loop’s raw ends
are sticking up at the top left in picture above & in the picture below
where the fingers are touching it.
The off-white fabric
is the lining for the cuff while the stripes are the right side of the cuff;
the loop is made up of the same fabric as the cuff.
Above is a better
picture of the loop going downward into the stocking. Once the cuff is turned
inside out the loop will be to the outside.
Loop and cuff finished.
The next part is the most fun!Arrange the Scraps and their attachments in a
flattering, eye-catching manner.Get creative! ;0)
Use the tiny clear rubber bands
to attach the mystery, Pom Pals to the buttons on the stocking.
Finished! Whoo Whoo!Now it’s
time to sit back and imagine the delight on your little ones face as they
discover their Christmas stocking.They’ll be eager to dig up all the goodies inside…except, this stocking
has goodies on the outside too!It’ll be
a Christmas stocking they will never forget!
This crafting project was designed by children’s author and
illustrator of Uppity Owl, Monica T. Blas.She is currently residing with her husband and 2 sons, in Bakersfield,
California.She has blended her passions
for writing, creating, and a love for the earth into her crafting
projects. For more information on
Monica, Uppity Owl and additional crafting projects…please subscribe to www.uppityowl.blogspot.com