Treasured Trio

Whether beaded, star-studded, or beribboned, these stockings are sure to add flair to your family's celebrations. Minimal sewing is required for these projects; simple trims make them easy to personalize.


Sheer and satin ribbons weave together easily and yield a lot of style. Tiny gold beads tacked at the intersections hold all the pieces together. Finished size is approximately 18 inches.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Wrap up Christmas with ribbons galore.
  • 10 yards assorted satin and sheer red ribbons in 1- to 1-1/2-inch widths
  • Ribbon for hanger
  • 2 yards 1- to 1-1/2-inch-wide ribbon for cuff, cut into 8-inch lengths
  • 45-inch-wide fabric in the following amounts: 1/2 yard muslin for front, 3/4 yard red for lining and back, 1/2 yard fusible fleece
  • Fabric-basting glue stick
  • 1 package 2 mm gold beads

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Enlarge the pattern to scale by drawing a grid of 1-inch squares and copying the lines, square by square, from the pattern. Or enlarge it on a photocopier (this will require several passes). If desired, draw toe curling upward and square off heel as shown in photo.

Treasured Trio pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Prepare fabric. Fuse fleece to the wrong side of the muslin. Transfer the pattern to the muslin, including diagonal placement lines. Do not cut out. Cut out one back piece and two lining pieces, adding 1/2-inch seam allowances. Set aside.

3. Add ribbon to uncut front. Apply glue stick to the outside edge of the muslin front. Lay ribbon along one diagonal line and press into glue outline. Repeat, butting second ribbon to first. Continue aligning ribbons until the front is covered in one direction. Using the remaining diagonal line as a guide, weave a ribbon through the stocking front. Apply glue to the edge as needed. Keep weaving and aligning ribbons until entire front is covered.

4. Baste ribbon in place and add beads. Hand-baste around the edge just beyond the seam line. Sew a gold bead to each intersecting point. Cut out the stocking front, adding 1/2-inch seam allowances.

5. Make the ribbon cuff. Match the raw edges of the ribbon to the raw upper edge of the stocking; baste in place, overlapping ribbons slightly. Fold the ribbon hanger in half and tack to the upper corner.

6. Assemble stocking. Sew stocking front to back, right sides together, keeping the ribbon fringe and hanger free and leaving the top edge open. Clip the curves. Turn the stocking to the right side.

7. Sew and add lining. Sew the lining front to the lining back, leaving the top edge and lower marked section open. Clip the curves. Do not turn. Slip the stocking into the lining, right sides together. Sew around the upper edge of the cuff. Turn to the right side. Slip-stitch the opening closed. Tuck the lining to the inside.

Sew up a storm and trim the aftermath with twinkling metal stars. Unlined felt is topstitched together, then the edges are pinked instead of hemmed. Finished size is approximately 16 inches.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Make this stocking the star of the holidays.
  • 1/2 yard red wool felt
  • Metallic gold or green thread
  • 20 to 30 small and large silver star-shaped nail heads
  • Pinking shears or rotary cutter with pinking blade and mat
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Enlarge the pattern to scale by drawing a grid of 1-inch squares and copying the lines, square by square, from the pattern. Or enlarge it on a photocopier (this will require several passes).

Treasured Trio pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Cut out two stockings with regular shears, following the pattern. (See Note below.) Cut 1 x 6-inch felt hanger with pinking shears.

3. Attach the stars to the stocking front according to manufacturer's instructions, keeping the stars at least 1 inch from edges of fabric.

4. With wrong sides together, baste stocking front to back. Using a tight, narrow zigzag stitch, machine-satin-stitch 3/4 inch from curved edges; leave top open. Pink sewn edges.

5. Machine-satin-stitch 1/4 inch from the long edges of the hanger. Fold hanger in half and sew or glue to back of stocking.

Note: If your pinking shears will not cut two layers of felt as required in Step 4, use pinking shears to cut out the stocking front and back pieces in Step 2, then align pinked edges when sewing.

Large-mesh needlepoint canvas and inexpensive satin ribbon form the clever groundwork for a stocking that goes together in minutes. Finished size is approximately 18 inches.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Weave memories with this ribbon stocking.
  • 1/2 yard large-mesh (quickpoint) needlepoint canvas (4 holes per inch)
  • 1/2 yard green fabric for backing and piping
  • 1-1/2 yard of 1/2-inch cording
  • 3/4 yard trim or fringe for cuff
  • 22 total yards of 1/4-inch-wide single-face satin ribbon in forest green, mint green, sage green, celery green, pastel green, soft pine, and pale peach
  • 1 bottle coordinating green acrylic crafts paint
  • 1-inch-wide artist's brush
  • Large-eye tapestry or quickpoint needle
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Enlarge the pattern to scale by drawing a grid of 1-inch squares and copying the lines, square by square, from the pattern. Or enlarge it on a photocopier (this will require several passes).

Treasured Trio pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Soak canvas in warm water to remove sizing. Wring out and dry flat.

3. Cut stocking back from green fabric, adding 2 inches at top for cuff and 3/4-inch seam allowances. Set aside.

4. Align top of canvas selvage with top of pattern. Cut out stocking, adding seam allowances to other edges. Dilute paint with equal amount of water. Press canvas flat and paint thoroughly. Press again when dry.

5. Cut ribbons to 12-inch lengths. Begin weaving in the first row of holes below the selvage. Beginning at the right side of the stocking, weave the ribbons through the canvas in the following manner: Row 1: over 5, under 1, over 5, under 1, etc. Row 2: over 4, under 1, over 5, under 1, etc. Row 3: over 3, under 1, over 5, under 1, etc. Remaining rows: The exposed canvas thread should shift one to the left on each row, creating a diagonal pattern. Weave entire stocking front in this manner so canvas is covered except for single exposed threads.

6. Sew around stocking to secure ribbons. Trim excess ribbon.

7. Cover cording with 3-inch-wide bias strips, piecing as needed. Hand-tack one end of piping closed and align with top edge of stocking. Sew cording to stocking along seam line. Trim piping at other end and hand-tack closed.

8. Hem top edge of stocking back. Turn under again to fit stocking front. Sew stocking front to back along seam line. Trim seam allowances and turn to right side.

9. Add ribbon, trim, and bow. Sew or glue 6-inch ribbon to upper corner for hanging. Sew trim or fringe around upper edge. Tie double layer of organdy ribbon into a bow and tack to cuff.

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