ruffle stocking mini-tutorial

Ready to sew the world's fastest stocking?  Ok, maybe not the fastest ... but it is pretty darn quick and looks perfectly festive.

First, make a stocking template - a very simple shape.  You can sketch one out, or google one.  Make it whatever size you want!

  • Lay the template on a felted wool sweater, leaving about a four inch border at the top.  Use the hem of the sweater as your top line for a polished look.  Cut two.
  • Cut a 6 inch length of felt, fabric, or ribbon to use as your stocking's hanging loop.
  • Pin the two felt pieces right sides together, inserting the hanging loop approximately 4 inches from the top of the stocking.  The loop should be on the inside and the ends should extend outside the stocking edges.
  • Sew around the stocking, leaving the top open.  Set aside.
  • Using the template, cut two pieces of ruffle fabric.  Do not leave an extra border at the top.
  • Pin right sides together.  I recommend pinning at the bottom of each ruffle to hold them in place.  It takes some extra time, but ensures they will line up and not get bunched while sewing.  Sew around the stocking, leaving the top open.
  • Turn the ruffled stocking right side out.
  • Slide the sweater stocking inside the ruffle stocking.  The sweater stocking should extend approximately 4 inches past the top of the ruffle stocking.
  • Top stitch along the top edge of the ruffle stocking to attach.

Fold the sweater stocking down to create a cuff.  Hang and enjoy!

Use your extra candy cane ruffle fabric to make a peppermint bark skirt:

mmm ... delicious


Stacey said...

Wow, wow, wow. Love these. I'm having a Christmas stocking week over at my blog. I'd be thrilled if you'd stop by and link these up to the Christmas stocking linky party at the end of the week.

Tincha said...

Very beautiful.

Miranda said...

I am in love with that ruffle fabric. I'm not so great with sewing, but I think I may just have to brave the machine for this one. My girls would have a fit over those ruffle stockings!

Amanda said...

I love this! I featured it today on blog Today's Top 20! I would love if you stopped by!


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saganaga said...

ruffle stockings are a great idea !

Diana Smith said...

I love your header! So festive and those stockings are awesome!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [16 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Virginia said...

Thanks! I have ruffle fabric and attempted a stocking and couldn't figure out how to make it keep it's shape without a lot of work. Now I'll just add a felted sweater piece. Love the textures together.

jenni major said...

Wow...amazing frock i like this very much...Am loving it...really...

Sofia said...


Lauren said...

Soooo Cute(:

I want to make a tote bag out of this!(:

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chief gabril said...

I have tried cloth wheel and half and could not find a way to make it hold its shape, without much work. Now I'll just add a piece of felt sweater. Very nice!

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