I’m so excited about the family Christmas we have planned for this year! My Mom, Grandma, my two brothers, myself and all of our respective families are planning to gather at my next youngest brother’s and sister in law’s home for a (hopefully) white Christmas in Utah. We have all sorts of fun activities planned – and will be able to visit the newest member of our clan, expected in early December. There will be much baby bouncing, good natured arguments, long shared jokes and laughter.
All the festivities will be capped off by a stocking stuffer exchange. I’m making the stockings and the rest of the family are hard at work on the treasures that will fill them. The pattern for this Christmas stocking is really quite basic and truthfully, there’s not anything inherently retro about it except for the fabrics I chose to work with. I’ve completed 9 of the 16 stockings we’ll need and I’ve tried to stay with a retro theme.
Here are the items you will need:
Simply Notable Retro Stocking Pattern Download
Sewing Machine and/or serger
One piece of 25″ wide X 19″ high stocking body fabric
One piece of 10″ wide X 16″ high top of stocking fabric
Ribbon about 7 to 8 inches long depending on how long you want your hanger to be.
Pins (if needed)
Note: To ensure you are printing to proper scale, print using Page Scaling set to “None” and make sure “Auto-Rotate and Center” is unchecked. I also used “borderless printing”.
Once your pattern has printed on page 2 and 3, overlap the bold outer lines – make sure you are not overlapping the letters – of the Top of Stocking and tape them together. If the pattern printed correctly, you should have a square that measures 7 & 7/8 inches wide by 10 inches high. If your measurements are correct, let’s assemble the rest of the pattern in the same manner – matching the bold outer lines. You will have 3 pieces of paper on the top row and 2 pieces on the bottom row. Alternately, you can cut all of the pieces out and then tape them together.
Fold your fabric so that right sides are together. I, personally, trace my pattern onto my fabric using disappearing ink so that I don’t ruin my pattern if my scissors become a little reckless. You will be cutting through 2 layers for the stocking body and you will be cutting through 2 layers on the top of the stocking. With the top of the stocking, you will be cutting on the fold.
The next step is the only step that I prefer to use my serger over my sewing machine. This next seam is easily seen when looking into the stocking so I like the nice finished edge the serger gives. Of course, you could do some type of french seam here with a sewing machine to make a nice finished edge as well. Me? I’m far too lazy for that!
Next, fold your ribbon into a cancer awareness look-a-like ribbon and place your button in the middle of where the two pieces of ribbon meet. Sew a few stitches through the button and ribbon itself. You can then affix it through all layers of the stocking top at the back seam. I’m planning for a very heavy stocking this year so I’ll be sure to put in a few extra stitches to accommodate all that weight.
These work up super fast and are quite easy. If you like these full size stockings, try these mini versions as well!
Have fun stitching these up and please post pictures! I need some inspiration and motivation to make 7 more of these! ♥
UPDATE: Make these stockings in mini-size by using Emily’s tutorial here: https://www.simplynotable.com/2014/mini-christmas-stockings/.
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