Remember as part of my Christmas home tour I showed you a sneak peak of the quilted Christmas stockings I made for the girls? Today I’m going to show you how! Yes I know it’s after Christmas, but this is a great winter project that you can do now and be all prepared for next Christmas.
I’ve had baby clothes sitting in a box for years, not really knowing what to do with them, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to get rid of them. I thought it would be really special if I could pull handmade stockings made from the kids’ baby clothes every year at Christmas. It would be a reminder of some of my favorite clothes they wore when they were babies. So just before Christmas I made a pair of coordinating stockings from baby girl dresses. I will be showing you two different patterns, one with simple stripes, and one with squares.
In this post I’m going to show you how to make the front and back pieces for two different patterns. Next week I’ll show you how to put the pieces together, add the lining, and make the cuff.
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Simple Stripe Quilted Christmas Stocking
Step 1: Find Fabric for the Quilted Stockings
I chose five baby girl dresses and a crib skirt that all had matching shades of pink, purple and white. I also used a soft blanket for the inside lining.
Step 2: Cut out stocking template
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Step 3: Cut the Clothes Into Strips
Step 4: Cut Batting
Using the template, cut out two pieces of quilt batting, one for the front of the stocking, and one for the back. You can cut this a little bigger than the template and fairly rough, because you’ll be trimming it down to the right size later.
Step 5: Start Quilting
For the simple stripe stocking, put two fabric strips right side together. Pin them directly to the batting. Sew these strips directly to the batting, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press the seam open on the right side.
Continue sewing fabric strips in this way until the entire piece of batting is covered. Make sure the pieces are always right sides together, so when you press open the seams the raw edges are hidden.
Step 6: Trim the edges
Next trim around the edges of your batting to make the front piece of the stocking the same size as the template. I also created a patchwork quilted piece for the back of the stocking. I used up scraps to create a random pattern, but I quilted the pieces directly to the batting in the same way that I did the front piece.
Square Quilted Christmas Stocking
Step 1: Sew The Strips Together
With the 3 inch strips that are left over from the simple strip Christmas stocking, determine your color pattern and sew all the strips together. Sew them right sides together with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
On the reverse, iron the seams open.
Step 2: Cut strips of squares
Step 3: Finish the same as the simple stripe stocking
The rest of this stocking pattern is the same as above. Cut two pieces of the batting, then sew the strips made up of small squares directly on the batting. Always right sides together, then iron flat. Trim around the edges to the size of the template. Make a patchwork pattern with scraps for the back of the stocking.
Next week I’ll show you how to make the cuff, and sew all the pieces together to make one-of-a-kind quilted Christmas stockings!