Inspired by my Twig Ornaments collection and Natural Ornaments I wanted to create some more natural decorations to decorate our home. I’m not a fantastic sewer but in my mind, I knew that our new banisters would look great with some stockings hanging from the posts and possibly an evergreen garland with dried citrus fruits, cinnamon sticks, and some burlap decorations as well. These Rustic Stockings are the result of my dreaming and are easy for a beginner sewer to make.
NOTE: This version is stuffed and not functional but you could use the basic idea and line or create as is for some real stockings that you could fill.
Materials Needed for the Rustic Stockings
Paper – to create your stocking Pattern
Hessian Fat Quarters – I used the two darker hessian’s from this pack available on Etsy
Crochet Lace Trim or other contrast for the stocking cuff
Step by Step making your Rustic Hanging Stocking Decorations
Before you start because of the natural nature of the fabric you need to iron your fat quarter first. I chose a fat quarter because the pack was fat quarters and also the size was ideal for my staircase!
Download and print cut out stocking available for free in our store – this is only the foot as you can use a piece of paper 18cm by 30cm for the stocking leg.
Pin the stocking leg and foot in place making sure that there is a little overlap.
Cut around your pinned stocking template.
Add the Crochet lace or your trim and make sure that there is around overlap by 2 inches/5cm and cut for the length of the opened stocking.
Pin the cuff in place.
If using a material that will fray then turn and iron a hem before sewing and sew along the hem. If using crochet lace then just sew in place as this will not fray.
Pin the right sides of the stocking together with the pins around 1inch from the sewing edge.
Sew around the edge with 1/4 inch seam – I use the edge of the foot to keep it straight as that is around 1/4″.
Remove pins and clip along the curves.
Turn right side out.
Iron the seams.
No stuff with toy stuffing. I have a handy little helper that loves doing this part of any project.
Cut out a star or other Christmas shape to make a template and draw onto felt or other materials and cut. If you are using materials that may fray you could use zigzag scissors which would prevent the material from fraying and let you sew in place.
If you are making from felt then a great contrast is to use some wool to sew in place. A handy tip and it maybe because my needle isn’t too sharp but if you first go around and create holes you will find it much easier to stitch into place.
Each of my stockings have 3 stars on them as I like odd numbers!
Once you have the decorations in place adjust the stuffing and then stitch a ribbon long enough to let you tie to the banisters to the top of the stocking. If you place in the back corner they will hang with the bottom of the foot at a downward angle.
Stitch across the top so that the stuffing doesn’t come out and then hang.
You’ll have to wait to see whether I add the garland as I am only just starting to get the decorations out of storage from our move.