First, a disclaimer: You will need to provide your own stocking template. You can use a ready-made stocking as a template (be sure to add 1/4 inch around the finished edge for seam allowances), or use a template from another pattern, or even draw your own. I used the stocking shape from this pattern as my template. You could also look online for free stocking templates.
Here's what you'll need for the project:
- Some scrap strips (jelly rolls or Moda scrap bags work great!
- Batting pieces (large enough to cut two stocking shapes)
- Backing fabric (large enough to cut one stocking shape)
- Lining fabric (two stocking shapes)
- Piece of leftover binding (2 1/2" double-fold straight of grain)
Next, stitch on the drawn line with a straight stitch. The reason for this step is that it will transfer the shape easily to the reverse side so that you'll be able to cut it out once you've covered it with strips.
Continue adding strips. As you get near the toe area, be sure to cut your strips long enough to cover the drawn shape when unfolded. In fact, you should cut them a little longer just to be safe!
Now, flip the piece over and use the outline you stitched in the first step to cut out the shape. Cut right on the stitched line.
Trim backing and batting even with stocking front and clip around the curved edge, being careful not to clip stitching line.
Turn your stocking inside out, and press.
Cut two stocking pieces from lining fabric; sew together with a 1/4 inch seam and clip curves.
Turn stocking inside out. Sew your leftover binding strip to the top. You may want to attach it first with a basting stitch, as in order to join the ends diagonally as you would on a quilt, you'll need to have some of it free, and I found that every time I did this step, I needed to detach more than I thought to maneuver it in order to join the ends. Once the ends are joined, you can resew the binding edge.