If you would like to make your own Ballard-esque Christmas stocking, here’s how to do it:
- 5/8 yd ivory duck cloth
- 24″ x 7″ rectangle of leopard print cotton for ruffle
- 12″ x 2″ rectangle of leopard print for loop
- 12″ x 2″ rectangle of interfacing for loop
- 8.5″ x 4.5″ scrap of cotton fabric for embroidered name (optional)
- 8″ ball trim
- red and green scraps of felt/cotton/flannel/etc for accents (circles, bones for dogs, or fish for cats)
- Download pattern PDF and tape pieces together.
- Cut out (2) stocking pieces (front and back) from duck cloth.
- Cut out desired number of accents from red/green fabric and pin to front and back pattern pieces. Be sure to leave space on the front piece for the 8.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle if you are adding a name.
- Use a zigzag or decorative stitch to attach accents to stocking. Trim any part that hangs over.
- If adding a name, take your embroidered 8.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle. Press under 0.5″ on both the top and bottom. Pin to front of stocking and edge stitch top and bottom. Trim sides to match edges.
- Serge or zigzag the top of the stocking (both front and back pattern pieces).
- Sew trim to the top of the FRONT stocking piece with a 1/4″ seam.
- Place the front and back pattern pieces right sides together. Serge or sew around all sides, leaving the top open. Finish edges with a zigzag if you didn’t serge.
- Turn stocking right side out and press well.
- Take your 24″ x 7″ leopard fabric and sew short ends right sides together to create a tube.
- Press tube in half, wrong sides together. Edge stitch fold. Finish raw edge.
- Baste the bottom of the tube twice. Pull bobbin threads to create a ruffle the same perimeter as your stocking opening.
- Slide the ruffle over the stocking opening, aligning raw edges.
- Sew ruffle to stocking with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Press ruffle up. Edge stitch in place.
- Now for the loop. Iron the 12″x2″ interfacing to the wrong side of the 12″x2″ leopard print fabric.
- Sew long sides, right side together. Turn tube right side out. Press. Edge stitch sides.
- Fold in half to make a loop and zigzag raw edges together.
- Pin loop to the inside of the ruffle. Box stitch.
- That’s it! (I just added this step because 20 steps sounds better than 19).
Enjoy! I’d love to see pictures Add ‘em to this flickr group!