I love all things vintage. And the stockings I made this year? No different.
I know this style won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking for something a little different than the norm, take a look at these cuties!
I like to decorate the inside of my house in pale blues and greens, so even though this quilted material doesn’t have a Christmas theme, it still fits in perfectly.
I picked the quilted material for it’s durability, but feel free to try a leather, or something else fun.
To begin, get an old stocking for reference. Place it next to a piece of newspaper or pattern paper (affiliate link) and sketch out your new pattern. Remember to account for seam allowance, and if you’re going to put heels on your boots like I did, make them square so they’ll turn inside-out easier.
I suggest drawing the boot you want first, and then drawing in your seam allowance around it.
I wish I had mine to show you, but it was pretty tattered by the time I used it on all the stockings. (I should have taken a picture of it first, sorry.)
Measure the distance along the top of your stockings and double that. Now add an inch. This is how long you will want your cuff. Make it a rectangle that length by how long you want your cuff to be.
- Cut two stocking patterns per stocking
- Mine were 15 inches long from the back of the boot to the tip of the heel, and 16 inches long from the front of the boot to the bottom of the toe. They were 6 inches along the top.
- Cut two cuffs per stocking
- Mine were 13 inches along the top by 2 1/2 inches wide.
1. Place your two stocking pieces right-side-in and pin together. Sew and then surge all the way around leaving the back top unstitched about a half and inch, and obviously leaving the top open. (In this picture, take note that my quilting fabric is double sided. The polka-dots are the inside of the stocking.)
2. Now take your 2 cuff pieces and place the right-sides together and sew along one of the long seams. Surge.
3. Iron your cuffs so that both the inside and the outside of the cuff (which are now sewn together) run flat.
4. Fold over along your stitch (as the stocking will be once completed), and iron on the fold.
5. You should now still be looking at the inside of the stocking, but the finished side of the cuff. (Note the dots/inside of the stockings in this photo, and the design/finish side on the cuffs. Pin the raw edge of the inside of the stocking to the two loose flaps of the cuff.
6. Carefully sew from the back of the stocking all the way around to the back again. Because you left a bit unsewn at the top of the back of the boot in step 1, you will have just enough room to sew all the way across the top. Surge. Flip the top of the cuff up.
7. Be careful to now start at the top of the boot and sew outward along the edge of the cuff, making the cuff wider than the boot top. Carefully surge this once done. You should only be sewing and surging on the cuff on this step. Make sure you are not sewing on the boot itself. If you want to put a loop to hang your stockings, do that now, putting the loop on the inside (of the back of the boot) as you sew so that if will be on the outside once it’s finished.
8. Turn inside-out. Carefully use a long pair of closed scissors or a long stick to poke down in the heel and toe to fully shape the boot.
What would I change if I made them again?
I always ask myself this when I’m done.
I might make them a bit bigger if I wanted to actually fill them. I may put a few things in these, but they won’t hold very much.