How to make a mini stocking

By WOXS-freelance, Tue, 2017-08-29 14:00
make a gift stocking for a pet

As used for this Pekingese design in the Pet of the Month page for issue 260 (Nov 2017) of The World of Cross Stitching, this mini stocking idea is great fun. It's a making up idea that will suit any mini chart that measures up to 7.5x7.5cm (3x3in) when complete, so follow these easy instructions to make one, today!

Begin by downloading the template here

Now... 1 Using the template, cut your outer stocking fabric into two stocking shapes, this includes a 1cm a seam allowance. Again, using the template, cut two pieces for the lining of the stocking from your contrasting fabric (this will become the cuff of the stocking). Now cut the heel and toe shapes separately from some more contrasting fabric, and set aside.  

2 Using zig-zag stitch, sew the heel and toe shapes to the right side of both your stocking shapes.

3 Cut your aida patch to size and carefully fray around the edges to make a fringe. Back with medium-weight iron-on interfacing and pin centrally on to your stocking front, as shown in our photo. Machine-stitch the patch in place.

4 With right sides together, align one of the stocking pieces to the corresponding lining piece, and pin along the top edge only. Sew together using a 1cm (½in) seam allowance. Press the seam open, then lay the panel out flat on the table, right side facing up, so it has this new seam in the centre and the stocking shape is lying 'open' to either side.

5 Repeat to join the other stocking pieces together. Now, lay both your sewn panels on top of each other so the right sides are facing and these new seams are aligned. Pin and sew around the edge of the shape, using a 1cm (½in) seam allowance, but take care to leaving a gap on the straight edge for turning through.

6 Trim and clip notches into the curves to allow the stocking to lie flat - curved seams like these benefit from being 'clipped' to reduce puckering and bulk, so your finish will look more professional! Turn the stocking through and slipstitch the gap closed.

7 Tuck the lining down into the stocking, smoothing out the corners neatly. Press flat, then sew on a coordinating ribbon loop for hanging. 

8 Fold down the top edge of the stocking by 4cm (1½in) to create your cuff, and press neatly to create a crisp edge. With another piece of matching ribbon, why not make a bow and stitch it to the centre of the cuff for decoration. Perfect! 

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