Rag Quilt Stocking

Rag Quilt Stocking

 

Free project instructions for a machine embroidery design rag quilt Christmas stocking.
Homemade Christmas stockings are a wonderful gift for family and friends. Hung on the mantle every year, a stocking is a treasure for many holiday seasons!

This new homespun stocking coordinates perfectly with our classic rag quilt tree skirt. For Kenny's free project instructions on how to make this coordinating classic rag quilt tree skirt, click here.

Read on for project instructions for creating an adorably soft and textured rag quilt stocking!
 

Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard denim (for front and  back, also for backs of square and patch)

**1/2 yard print homespun cotton fabric (for patch, top cuff, and inner lining)

**12" by 12" piece of solid-colored homespun cotton fabric or linen (for embroidered square)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive


**Air-erase pen or dress maker's pencil

**Straight edge

**Rag quilt snips or small scissors

**Tape
 



Special Project Notes:


For this Christmas stocking project I stitched the Christmas Tree and Ornaments Echo design from the Christmas with Echoes Design Pack. Vintage Rudolph and other designs from the Christmas Frolicking Friends Design Pack, and sweet designs from the Santa Claus & Company Design Pack would also be cute on a rag quilt stocking. Make sure to choose a design and size that will suit your project needs.

Finished Size: 10" wide by 16" high
 



 

To get started, click here to open a PDF file of the stocking pattern. There are four pattern pieces total that will print on four pieces of 8 1/2" by 11" pieces of paper. Cut out all of the pieces.




 

To prepare the fabric for the top cuff, lay the Section 1 pattern piece on the print homespun cotton fabric, pin in place, trace the shape, and cut out the shape. Repeat this process for a total of two pieces. Set these pieces aside for now.




 

Tape the pattern pieces together by following the instructions that are printed on the pieces.




 


To prepare the fabric for the embroidered square, using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, draw a 6 1/2" by 6 1/2" square on the solid-colored homespun cotton or linen fabric (I used linen).

Leave a few inches of excess fabric around the shape. Measure and mark the center of each side of the square by measuring and dividing by two.  Draw lines connecting the marks; the lines will be used for hooping.
 




 

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. Poke a hole in the center of the template and align it with the center point on the fabric. Make sure the design fits well within the shape; there should be at least one inch of space between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the shape.




 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.




 

When the design has finished, cut out the shape and then trim the stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery, leaving 1/2" of space between the edges of the stabilizer and the outer edges of the fabric.




 


Lay the denim fabric flat with the right side facing up. Then, lay the pattern piece on top, pin in place, trace the shape, and cut out the shape. This is the front stocking piece.

L
ay the denim fabric flat with the wrong side facing up. Lay the pattern piece on top, pin in place, trace the shape, and cut out the shape. This is the back stocking piece. 

Next, lay the embroidered square on top of the denim, wrong side of the embroidered piece with the right side of the denim, pin in place, trace the shape, and cut out the shape.

Finally, l
ay the front stocking piece flat with the right side facing up. Place the embroidered square/denim piece in the middle of the stocking piece with the top edge of the square fabric about 5" from the top of the stocking fabric. Center the square side to side by measuring equal distances between the side edges of the square and the outer edges of the stocking fabric.
 




 

Pin the square in place and sew a 1/2" seam around the entire outer edge.




 

Fold the side edges of the square over towards the center and pin in place. This will prevent the edges of the square from getting sewn over later on.




 

To prepare the patch, cut a piece of print homespun fabric and denim to 3" by 3". Align the pieces on top of each other with the wrong side of the homespun with the right side of the denim.

Pin the square in place on the bottom toe of the front stocking fabric, leaving at least one inch of space between the edges of the square and the edges of the fabric. Sew a 1/2" seam along the entire outer edges of the square.




 

Align the print top cuff fabric pieces with the top edges of the both the front and back stocking fabric, pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges only, and press the back seams open with an iron.




 

 To prepare the inner lining of the stocking, place the front stocking fabric on top of the print homespun fabric, wrong sides together, pin in place, and cut out the shape. 

S
ew a 1/4" seam along the top edge only. Also, repeat this step with the back stocking fabric.




 

To prepare the loop, cut two pieces of denim to 1" wide by 7 1/2" high. Align the pieces together, wrong sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edges of the fabric.




 

Align the front and back fabric pieces together (the right sides of the inner lining pieces together), and pin in place.

M
easure and mark one inch up and down along the right side of the stocking at the top seam. The area between the marks will be left open for the loop to be added later on. 

S
ew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges of the stocking. Leave the area between the two marks open.




 

Fold the top cuff down over the top of the stocking. Fold the fabric of the opening in 1/4".  Bring the ends of the loop together and insert the raw ends inside the opening about 1/2" and pin.




 

Lay the cuff flat and zigzag stitch along both sides of the loop to secure it in place and to close the opening. Also, top-stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire top edge of the cuff.




 


Clip along the seam allowance, about every 1/2" or so, along the side and bottom edges of the stocking, around the squares, and along the bottom edge of the top cuff. Be careful to not cut the seams.
I prefer to use sharp, spring action scissors to cut the allowances. It makes it much easier on your hard-working hands! There are special rag quilt snips available on the market. Fiskars, for example, manufactures the special shears. They can be found at most fabric or craft stores. 

M
achine wash the stocking. The agitation will fray the seams, giving a fuzzy and cozy look. After washing the stocking, take it outside and give it a good shake. This will lessen the lint and fabric waste that will end up in your dryer. 

M
achine dry your stocking. It is possible that a lot of fabric waste will come off in the dryer, so be sure to empty the lint trap about every 10 minutes or so during the drying cycle. After drying, clean up the frayed edges by trimming any long threads.

 


Free project tutorial for a machine embroidery design rag quilt Christmas stocking.




 
Your rag quilt stocking is complete!

Create your own rag quilt Christmas stocking, and one for a friend! Casual and cozy, it's perfect for creating a warm and nostalgic holiday look.

For free project instructions for a fun coordinating rag quilt tree skirt, click here.


Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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