Using your favourite stocking pattern, cut 2 stockings from a light weight, light coloured cotton fabric.
I used a print with a white background that was leftover from another project but if you are going to be using any light coloured fabric strips for the quilting, I would recommend a solid fabric for this. Otherwise the print may show through.
Pin the stocking pieces to the batting (<-affiliate link) and cut out; adding at least ½ inch all the way around. Baste fabric to batting. This forms the base on which you will quilt-as-you-go.
Make sure there are two mirror image stocking bases. You wouldn’t want to do all the quilting only to discover that you have quilted one of the bases on the wrong side.
Also at this time, cut 2 stockings pieces from whatever fabric you wish to use for the lining.
For hanging loop, cut 1 piece 1.5 inches X 6 inches. Cut 1 piece of light weight interfacing 1.5 X 6 inches.
Next go through your stash of Christmas fabric leftover from other projects and cut strips of varying widths and lengths. The strips will need to be at least long enough to cover the fabric part of the stocking base. For my stocking I needed strips that were 9 inches or longer.
Lay the first strip down right side facing up, matching one long edge with the top of the fabric part of the stocking base. Baste across the top of stocking to hold that strip in place.
Lay the second strip down, with right side facing the right side of the first strip. Sew along bottom of the strips using a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Flip the second strip down. Press.
I recommend that you press each strip well after it’s sewn in place as that will make the strips lay nice a flat; ready for the next strip to be sewn in place.
Lay a third strip right side facing the second strip. Sew across bottom of strips. Continue in this manner until you have covered the entire fabric part of the stocking base.
Sometimes, I angled the top strip a bit before sewing it in place, just to give the finished quilting a more varied look.
As you get closer to the heel and toe, you may also want to lay some of the strips down on a bit more of an angle to make that turn at the heel.
Repeat the above steps for the second stocking base.
Place the paper pattern piece on top of the quilted stocking base; lining it up as best you can with the fabric base. Pin pattern piece in place and cut out.
Repeat with second quilted stocking base.
Baste along the toe to hold the fabric in place.
Pin quilted stocking bases right sides together and sew using a ½ inch seam allowance.
Trim seam allowance to ¼ inch.
Notch outside curves and clip inside curves, as pictured.
Pin lining pieces together and sew using a ½ inch seam allowance, leaving a 4 inch opening along the back for turning. Trim seam to ¼ inch. Notch outside curves and clip inside curves, again as pictured.
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