Twenty-nine years ago, back in 1983, I made Tom's and my Christmas stockings out of fabric scraps. When baby Bradley arrived, I continued with that tradition. Each new child that came along sent me digging through my scraps again to fashion another stocking.
They are all similar, yet they are all different. I wasn't a quilter back then, so I just sewed the strips together, put a back on, added a hanger, and called it finished. Over the years, I've thought about maybe taking them all apart and quilting them. I usually entertain that notion for about two minutes before talking myself out of all that extra work.
I've had several people ask how I construct these stockings, which prompted me to do this tutorial. Really, they are very simple. I'll show you step by step what I did to make Kyle's stocking today. Last year I had three new ones to make, but only finished two. So Kyle was way overdue for his stocking.
I used original fabrics from his very adorable nursery which Abby and Jonathan had to dismantle last week when they began packing to move to Lesotho. Since they can't take his nursery with them, I knew I would preserve some of his fabrics in his stocking.
These are the original fabrics. I cut all the strips anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide. I like to use varying widths.
Because I say so.
I chose a dotty red fabric for the back of his stocking. Just be sure to lay the right sides together in order to cut the back. Now sew the front to the back using a 1/4 inch seam, leaving the top open.
I love that baby.