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04 December, 2011

Tutorial...How to Make a Cuffed Christmas Stocking

026I am excited to show you what I have been working on…new stockings for the mantel! And I have made them from one of my favorite fabrics…French ticking! I actually finished them with a cuff, but I have added a vintage napkin as well for pretty trim! And they are easy to make, too!

Oz If you have been reading along, you know where the fabric is coming from…my old bedroom curtains! lol Yes, just call me Scarlett! When I gave my bedroom a make-over, I was left with four floor length panels of French ticking. Sooo…I decided to use it for Christmas this year! In a rare appearance, our CEO Ozzie is helping me. Just make a pattern from newspaper and cut out two pieces…front and back. I used a cheap stocking from Dollar Tree as my pattern, allowing  a one-half inch seam allowance all around.

page11. Pin right sides together and sew. Make a few small cuts not quite to the seam at the curves for ease in turning.
2.  Turn and press.
*You can simply stop here and hem the top of the stocking. However, I wanted to add a cuff in case I want to use it without the vintage napkin another year. If you choose not to add a cuff, just add the hanger and the napkin as explained beneath the next photo. Easy peasy!
3.  Cut a length of fabric measuring twice the finished width of the stocking at the top plus one inch for the seam allowance and twice the width of the cuff you want to make plus one inch for the seam allowance. (My finished stocking measured 8 inches across at the top and I wanted a 4 inch cuff, so my fabric was 17 inches x 9 inches.)  Sew right sides together and press open. This will be the cuff.
4.  Fold in half with the seam to the inside and raw edges together. Press.
5.  Place the cuff inside the stocking, matching the raw edges and sew.

page2 1. Trim the seam so that it is not so bulky.
2. Turn the cuff to the outside and press.
3. Add a ribbon or self trim for a hanger.
4. Fold the napkin in half to form a triangle and slip stitch it to the stocking in several places to hold it in place.

026 And…taa daa!…here it is! I love the dainty vintage look!

027 And in case you are wondering what to do to identify the stockings and would rather not monogram, just add a letter with an ornament hanger! I found these at Walmart last year, but most craft stores have chipboard letters that could be découpaged or covered with glitter for the same look. I am making four stockings and, since I had everything already except for the vintage napkins ($4.00 for four), each stocking cost $1.00 to make! Woo hoo!

033 You have already seen my French ticking and burlap wreath (if not, click here) and now my stockings…so can my mantel reveal be far behind? Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Christmas decorations!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
 Kate at Centsational Girl for the Holiday Craft Link Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Fabulous Fall Fun
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots & Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Debbie,
    Beautiful French Christmas Stocking! Similar to the two I've been dreaming of in my head. I've looked at every unique gift shop in our area and have decided that I may have to get out the sewing machine and make them!!! (Did I ever tell you I HATE to sew???) Your staff is precious and I'm sure they encourage all your endeavors! Thank you for sharing how easily these go together! I'll be back to see all of the mantle in it's NEW Christmas finery!

  2. Love the look of your stockings Debbie, the cut of the napkin looks great with the country simplicity of the ticking and that glittered letter just makes it perfect. Thanks for sharing such a good idea for a simple project.

  3. Sew cute and I no the one with the letter N was made for me since my last name starts with N.

  4. Wow Debbie, your stocking is fantastic! Thank you for the tutorial :o)
    Best wishes
    Rose H

  5. Love the combination of the white and red striped fabric. Your cats are hysterical!

  6. I just LOVE this. I wish I had known you were making these and I could have sent you some of my spare vintage Irish linens. Let me know if you need some more. I have tons, and I inherited a virtual sack full from my late Uncle.

    I can't wait to see your whole mantle. I would love to see your house in real life, I bet it is prettier than a magazine spread.

    Have fun decorating, my friend! Hugs, Barb

  7. That stocking is so pretty and goes so great in your home. I love the red ticking and adding a vintage napkin (or hankie) is a great idea. I like that it is detachable so you can change it and wash it easier also. pretty! hugs, Linda

  8. You never cease to amaze me with your talents Debbie!
    By golly those look fabulous Scarlett!
    And the wreath, I must have missed that when I had the flu.

  9. The stockings are precious! Love the use of the ticking and the vintage hankies!

  10. That is just a beautiful stocking. And how wonderful that you gave a tutorial here. It's a lot of work to do one of those, isn't it? Loving it~ xo Diana

  11. Debbie I love the stockings! They look so pretty on your mantel! Martina

  12. Beautiful, Debbie. You are always creating something new and gorgeous. Love this idea. Will the burlap stockings get to hang in another spot?

  13. Love how the stockings look with your wreath...ticking is so cheerful! The glitter letter was the perfect touch.

  14. Ticking for me has always been black on a greyish background. This is so nice looking and how gorgeous the stockings are.

  15. Your stockings are adorable Debbie and I can't wait to see your mantel.

  16. Love the stocking Scarlett! That is hilarious!

  17. Beautifully done, as always, Debbie. I'm anxious to see the reveal of your entire mantle. You are one of the most creative people I know. Merry Christmas dear friend.
    xo Jeanette

  18. Debbie, What can I say that everyone else hasn't said...they are stunning.

  19. Debbie,
    I am loving the red and white! Such a cute stocking!

  20. Surely Scarlet, there is enough fabric to make yourself a frock! :). At least an apron?
    The stockings are beautiful, love the napkin as the cuff!
    You are so clever and talented!

  21. Love that stocking look, especially with the vintage napkin - just a delightful stocking! The letter is a great idea, I never would have thought of that. I'm visiting from Met Monday, glad I stopped by and saw your Christmas beauty.


  22. Dear Scarlett - I love your stockings. I will be attempting to make these myself. Thank you for the great tutorial.

    Love - Rhett

    PS I bought you new curtains for Christmas.

    xoxo laurie

  23. I am so wanting to make some stockings from red ticking myself. Love the daintiness of the hanky on yours!!

  24. This is such a great idea for using vintage napkins. I love it!

  25. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  26. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your kitties!

  27. I also love me some ticking fabric, good thinking using it for stockings! The napkins are a great vintage touch.

    Look forward to a mantel reveal!

  28. Those are precious!!!! It makes me wish I had some red French ticking. And knew which box my sewing machine is in. :)

  29. Thanks for the great post, we made some here:

    1. They are so pretty, Simone! Your daughter did a great job! Hugs...Debbie


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