Fair warning - I had a ton of fun with this project and there will be lots of pictures!
Ta da! Happiest quilted stockings ever.
These were so easy and so fun and so quick, compared to all quilts I have been making. I really had so much fun making them that I could just keep going.
If you're interested in making some like these, use the free pdf template from Sew Scrumptious. Cut mirrored pieces for the front and the back of each stocking outer and the same for each stocking lining. A small rotary cutter is nice for navigating those curves.
I quilted both sides of my stockings, to make them strong and cozy. It was a great chance to use batting scraps! Mostly I followed patterns on the prints themselves, but I did free motion quilt the flowery stocking with a chrysanthemum pattern.
For variety, a couple of the stockings are patchworked before being cut out with the template. This zigzag one is made up of half square triangles, each finishing 2" square. It's my favorite (shhh, don't let on to the others)! I also made one with 1.5" finished patchwork squares. I was going to make a third patched stocking with diagonal stripes, but then this Cotton & Steel print one me over instead.
Once your outer stocking pieces and inner stocking pieces are prepared, sew each pair together right sides together. Use a slightly more generous seam allowance with the lining pair, to make it easier to fit inside the finished stocking. Cut one 8" x 12.75" cuff fabric for each stocking and follow Cluck, Cluck Sew's tutorial to attach. My hanging loops were cut 2" x 8".
If you're lucky, you have reason to make lots! Fabrics are Flea Market Fancy floral print with Clown Stripe cuff, misc. prints for the zigzag with Kona Melon cuff and Cotton & Steel Jean Jacket Dottie with Denyse Schmidt Hadley cuff.
The back of each patchwork stocking is a solid print, both to save time and to make them reversible, should my friend prefer a simpler look. The squares patchwork stocking is backed with Denyse Schmidt Hadley and cuffed with a great Botanics low-volume print. The zigzag stocking is backed with a favorite Field Study print from Anna Maria Horner.
But Liam's favorite is this wintry one made in Cotton & Steel Netorious Cloud with a Birch Farm owls cuff. The sparkly Cotton & Steel print is probably the most perfect thing in my stash for a Christmas stocking. Even lent itself to pretty grid quilting!
So this is love, stocking love. Is it Christmas time yet? I just might start singing...