One of my favorite Christmas items is my stocking. Perhaps it’s because Santa puts it on my pillow after he fills it and it’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes on Christmas morning. Since I still go home every Christmas, my stocking is hung over my parent’s fireplace. I wanted a stocking that I loved almost as much as my childhood one for Roommate Christmas. Here’s the tutorial for my homemade, hand tatted muslin stockings.
Start by tatting the lace. I used crochet cotton and the following pattern. It’s not my original pattern, but one I wrote down many years ago from somewhere and consequently can’t credit the original source. If you are new to tatting, click here for video tutorials.
Tatted Lace Pattern:
Ring- 3ds, p, 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 2ds, p, 3ds
*Chain – ds, p, ds, p, ds, p, ds, p, ds, p, ds
Ring- 3ds, attach to last p of last ring, 2 ds, attach to 2nd to last p of the last ring, ads, p, ads, p, 3ds*
*Repeat at chain until desired length is reached. I needed just under 12 inches.
I used this stocking pattern from Martha Stewart and created a cuff pattern by measuring a rectangle just wider than the stocking pattern and almost as long as the leg of the stocking pattern. Just download, resize, and print. Pin the paper pattern to fabric.
I used a plain cream heavy muslin. Cut out two of each piece, cuff and stocking.
Embroider initial or name onto the cuff prior to sewing. I used C’s for mine and my roommate. We are both named Christine. I also made these stocking for my sister and her family where I embroidered their names. All were done using Vladamir Script. Print out the initial or name onto paper and place the cuff on top and trace with either a pencil or disappearing fabric marker.
I find embroidery easier when I use an embroidery hoop. Separate the embroidery thread from six strand to three. Thread needle and begin. I used a satin stitch.
Sew cuff together by placing right sides together, meaning the embroidery faces in towards the back piece of fabric. Sew both sides. I do not have a serger and my fabric wanted to fray, so I went back after my straight stitch and reinforced with a zigzag stitch. Hem the bottom of the cuff.
Next, sew the edges of the stocking, right sides together, leaving the top open. Turn both the cuff and stocking out so that the right side is out. Place the cuff inside the stocking. This means that the right side of the cuff is facing the inside of the stocking.
Pin cuff to stocking by starting at the seams and evenly aligning. Be aware of the direction the stocking is facing. While there is no right or wrong way for the stocking to hand, 95% of all stocking have the toe hanging to the right.
Place a folded piece of ribbon at the seam of the outside edge of the stocking (I forgot to do this and had to rip the seam and add the ribbon). Sew cuff to stocking. Turn cuff to right side.
The final step is to attach the tatted lace to the cuff of the stocking. This particular tatted lace has a picot that’s perfect to use for hand sewing onto the cuff.
This project took me three to four hour per stocking. While I’m a fast tatter, I’m very slow at embroidery. Time will just depend on skill levels.