Sewing Tutorial: Make a Stocking with Paper Piecing

Finish it off with a DIY yarn tassel.

Merry and bright is right! The paper piecing accents on this stocking really steal the show. This is a great Christmas sewing project because you have so many design opportunities based on the fabric and Dritz® paper piecing shapes that you choose (we used hexagons, but there are other shapes/sizes). Finish it off with a colorful DIY tassel and you’ve got a super unique, totally one-of-a-kind holiday stocking. Make a few this weekend?

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Festive Stocking with English Paper Piecing Accents and a DIY Yarn Tassel

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • 3/8 yd fabric for outer stocking
  • 3/8 yd fabric for lining
  • 3/8 yd batting or fusible fleece (such as Fairfield™ Smooth)
  • Thread
  • 8” x 8” piece of lightweight fusible interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Stabilize)
  • Accent fabric large enough to fussy cut (3) 3” x 3” pieces
  • 10 yards of coordinating yarn for tassel
  • 5” piece of 3/8” ribbon for hanging tab

***To fussy cut means to cut the fabric around a particular design to highlight a special print or image.

*** Hexagons feature fabric from the Even A Mouse Collection by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics

Other notes:

SA = seam allowance


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Christmas Stocking with English Paper Piecing Accents. Use Dritz paper piecing shapes to embellish our lined stocking sewing tutorial.

1) Cut out stocking and batting pieces following this Lined Stocking Tutorial.

** The stocking instructions call for cotton batting, but on this one fusible fleece was used instead. To use fusible fleece, cut out the fleece pieces using the stocking pattern. Then trim ½” from all sides of the fleece pieces. Center and fuse onto the wrong side of the outer stocking pieces before continuing. 


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

2) To make the hexagons, use the paper piecing shapes to audition fabric designs. Hold the shapes over the fabric to determine placement.

(Hexagons were used on this project, but there are several different Dritz® paper piecing shapes & sizes for you to choose from.)


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

3) Cut lightweight interfacing the same size as the fussy cut fabric and fuse onto the wrong side of the fabric following the manufacturer’s directions. (This prevents the stocking fabric from showing through the hexagons.) 


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

4) Place the templates over the chosen design. Using a ruler and the template as a guide, add ¼” SA on all sides.


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

5) Cut along the lines. Repeat for other templates.

(Looking cute, huh?)


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

6) Thread a needle and knot it. Center the template on the wrong side of the fabric and fold down one edge of fabric over the paper. Hold it with your fingers as you fold down the next edge to the left, overlapping the corners.

Baste the corner in place. Do not sew through the paper.

Work counter-clockwise around the paper piecing shape until you reach the beginning. Knot thread and cut.

Repeat for remaining hexagons.

(Want to know more? Check out this Video Tutorial for Hexagons at Ellison Lane)


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

7) Press hexagons. Remove papers.

8) Center hexagons on the outer stocking piece. Pin in place. 


Dritz English Paper Piecing Hexagon Shapes with Christmas Fabric

9) Edgestitch the perimeter of the hexagons, backstitching at the beginning and end.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Lined Christmas Stocking

10) Follow the lined stocking instructions to finish the stocking.


How to Make a Tassel out of Yarn

11) To make the decorative tassel:

  • Cut an 8” piece of string and an 18” piece of string. Set aside.
  • Use the remaining string to make 10” loops leaving long tails.
  • Fold the loops in half and place the short string under the bend for tying.
  • Knot the short string.
  • Cut the loops.
  • Wrap the long piece of string around the mass of strings several times, pulling tightly.
  • Knot the string leaving long tails.

Trim all yarn to the same length. Do not trim ties.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Festive Stocking with English Paper Piecing Accents and a DIY Yarn Tassel

Loop the tassel tie through the ribbon hanging tab for a festive addition.

Get creative with your fabric choices! Make a collection of coordinating stockings using different Dritz® paper piecing shapes – surprise your family with personalized stockings for everyone.

So, how many are you making? Let us know what you’ve got in the works – we’d love to hear from you!

Thanks to Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane for giving our lined stocking tutorial a twist with the paper piecing accents! Jennifer has contributed many popular projects to our blog – you’ll have a hard time picking out a favorite!

 

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