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Star Trek Inspired Christmas Stockings

Star Trek Inspired Christmas Stockings image Here are the instructions for making the Star Trek inspired Christmas stockings!
(Click here to jump straight to the directions)

To make these, you will need:

  • Stocking pattern

  • Main Fabric - minimum 1/2 yd, but see note below - I used crushed panne velour

  • Lining Fabric - same amount as main fabric - I used black satin

  • Interfacing - same amount as main fabric. Use sew-in interfacing for fabric that can't be ironed. You can choose iron-on if your fabric can handle it or sew-in.

  • 1/4 yd faux fur (or preferred cuff material)

  • 1/4 yd cuff lining (ignore if you use the same lining fabric for the cuff as you are using for the stocking - there should be enough left over

  • Optional for the loop if you don't want to make your own: piece of cord or thick ribbon - make sure it's strong enough to hold the stocking's weight when full

  • Thread, scissors, cutting table, pins, safety pin.

hint image Once you have the pattern cut out, measure the length of your stocking piece. Because the length is adjustable, I cannot give the exact measurement. I made mine 3" longer so I needed about 21" - I had 5/8 yd cut for my fabric so that I'd have a couple extra inches, just in case.

hint image If you choose a fabric such as velvet or fur as a fabric, remember that material is directional. There is usually an "up" and a "down" to it, and you will need to arrange your pattern pieces so that the "down" really does go down! Unless, of course, you want it to do something different. Also, if you cut your pieces out one at a time due to thick fabric, remember to flip the pattern piece over when you cut the second one out so that you don't have two "fronts", for example. This is experience talking! I can't tell you how many times I cut out a piece in the wrong direction because I was tired or not paying attention.

In any event, happy sewing, and to help you along, here's the video demonstrating the process, with detailed directions below it:


Directions:


Cut out all pieces*
You'll need:

  • Cut 2 stockings out of main fabric

  • Cut 2 stockings out of lining

  • Cut 2 stockings out of interfacing

  • Cut 2 cuffs

  • Cut 2 cuff linings

 

Assemble the Stocking


Sew or fuse interfacing to stocking fabric's wrong side. If you sew it to your fabric, make sure you do not exceed the 1/2" seam allowance. I stitched mine at 1/4".
add interfacing image
Sew both sides of the stocking together, keeping right sides together.

Trim the seam allowance down to about 1/4". Clip curves.
clip curves image
Flip stocking, right side out.

Sew lining together, right sides together - but do not flip it out.

Put the lining inside the stocking, wrong sides together.
insert stocking lining image
Stay stitch the lining to the stocking around the top edge.

Zigzag across the top edge to prevent fraying.
 

Assemble the Cuff



Cut out 2 pieces of the cuff in the cuff fabric and two pieces in lining. Remember, if your cuff fabric is directional, make sure it is pointing in the right direction when you lay your pattern piece down to cut it out!
cut cuff pattern image
Sew cuff fabric at side seams, right sides together.

Trim the cuff seam allowance.
trim seam allowances image
Sew cuff lining at side seams, right sides together.

Press open the cuff lining seam allowance. If, for some reason, you cannot iron your lining material, then try to trim the corners to reduce bulk.
iron seam allowances image
Sew cuff lining to cuff along the bottom edge, right sides together. pin cuff image
Flip sewn and lined cuff right sides out. Now you should only have a raw edge at the top.

Stay stitch the top edge. If you fabric frays a lot, zigzag or serge the top edge to prevent fraying (this will be trimmed off later.)
 

Sew The Loop



Cut the loop out of fabric or cut a length of ribbon or cord to the same length as the pattern.

If you're sewing your loop from the pattern provided, and if it's fur material, trim the excess fur out of the seam allowance area to prevent bulk.
trim fur on seam allowance image
Sew 1/4" along the long edge. Flip right sides out.

If you plan to put heavier items in the stocking, you can reinforce the loop by threading a piece or cord or nylon strap through the center.

Whether you use the loop pattern or a cord or ribbon, stay stitch both ends together.
stitched loop image

Attaching the cuff and loop



With right sides out, put cuff inside the stocking/lining and pin.
unstitched stocking cuff image

cuff in stocking image
Pin the cuff to the top of the stocking.

Add the loop to the top corner of the stocking between the cuff and stocking. Make sure the loop is pointed down into seam, with the raw edge even with the rest of the fabric.
placing loop inside stocking image
Sew with 1/2" seam allowance around the top edge.

Grade the edge by trimming the cuff down to 1/4". Zigzag the layers together to prevent fraying.
Trim the cuff seam image
Flip the cuff out.

All finished!
 
Star Trek Inspired Christmas Stockings image

Here is where I found the pins for the stockings:

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