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Holly Jolly Elf Stocking

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.


Give your Christmas decor a fun, festive look with this adorable stocking! Shaped like an elf's shoe, and adorned with jingle bells, a pointed cuff, and beautiful embroidery, it's sure to bring smiles to every elf in your home!

 

Project Needs & Notes:


- 1/2 yard quilted cotton fabric (for stocking)
- 1/2 yard print quilter's cotton (for inner lining)
- 1/4 yard print quilter's cotton (for cuff)
- 1/4 yard twill (for inner lining of cuff)
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 1 yard of 1 1/2" wide ribbon (for hanger)
- Jingle bells
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing
- Scotch tape

Designs used in this tutorial is H7344, Festive Joy - Vertical Spray.

Finished Size:
15 1/2" from cuff to heel, 12 1/2" from heel to toe, 7" opening

 

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

To get started, print the PDF of the pattern pieces. There are four pattern pieces that will print on four pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

Cut out the pieces and tape them together.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Pin the pattern to the quilter's cotton and trace the stocking shape.

Remove the pattern piece.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

Templates are printouts of embroidery designs, and they are excellent tools for planning where to stitch.

Open the embroidery designs in embroidery software and print them to make templates. If you don't have software, try Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Center the template inside the shape, positioned with the top of the design 7" down from the top edge of the shape.

Mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
To prepare the back of the stocking, place a piece of quilter's cotton flat with the right side facing up.

Place the pattern piece on top with the wrong side facing up.

Pin in place, trace the shape, and cut out the stocking shape.

Align the back piece on top of
the embroidered front piece, right sides together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only. Leave the top open for turning. Turn the fabric right side out.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Place the quilter's cotton flat and put the paper pattern piece on top, right side up. Trace the shape, and cut it out.

Then, place another piece of quilter's cotton flat and put the paper pattern piece on top, right side down. Trace the shape and cut it out.

Align the fabric pieces together, right sides together. Pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only. Leave the top edge open.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Insert the outer shell inside the inner lining, right sides together. Align the side seams and top edges together.

Turn the top raw edges of each portion in 1/2" to the wrong side and press with an iron.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Using the cuff pattern piece, cut two pieces of the print quilter's cotton and two pieces of twill.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Pair the print cotton pieces together, right sides together. Pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along each side edge only. Leave the top and bottom edges open.

Repeat this for the sturdy cotton pieces.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.
Next, Pair the print cotton and sturdy cotton pieces together, right sides together.

Align the side seams.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the bottom edge only -- leave the top edge open.

Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

Trim the corners and cut slits in the seam allowance at the top edge of each point. Be careful to not cut the seams.


Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

Turn the cuff fabric right side out and press the seams.

Sew a 1/8" seam along the raw edge of the cuff to tack the layers in place.

Insert the raw edge of the cuff in-between the two layers of the stocking with the cuff extending in 1/2".

Align the folded top edges of the stocking and pin in place.


Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

Cut a 36" length of 1 1/2" wide ribbon.

Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise and tuck the folded end in-between the inner lining of the stocking and the cuff inside the stocking.

About 1" of the ribbon should extend in.

Pin in place.


Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

With the cuff laying flat, sew a 1/4" seam along the fold of the top edge of the stocking.


Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

Fold the cuff down over the top edge of the stocking and tie the ribbon hanger into a bow.

Add jingle bells to the points of the cuff and the to the toe.


Free project instructions to create an elf Christmas stocking.

This adorable elf stocking is a fun way to adorn your mantel this holiday season.

Customize the fabric, embroidery, and colors to match the personality of everyone at your Christmas celebration.


Holly Jolly Elf Stocking



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