I am more excited than ever to be able to announce these two patterns!
Our family had stockings that were perfectly fine. But, I sew and the fact that our stockings were store bought was driving me crazy. Sewing for Christmas is one of my favorite things ever and now I get to have handmade stockings and tree skirts around our home. You can, too!
Today, I’ll write about The Sleigh Bells Stockings and tomorrow I will focus on the Wonderland Tree Skirt. I have so many images to share of different examples and am so happy to share them at last.
The Sleigh Bells Stockings pattern is actually a set of three different stocking styles. There’s something for every personality and sewing skill level. And they sew up QUICKLY! Bonus!
The “Simple Style”:
The “Pieced Style”:
and the “Polka Dot Style”:
It was tested by five women, from beginners to experts, and each and every one of them had great success! I think this set of directions is one where I am most proud. There are illustrations aplenty and lots of little tips to get a super professional finish. You won’t find a single raw edge of fabric exposed. My husband even commented on the way they were constructed. Add in a full sized template sheet and you’ve got a pattern that is my favorite!
The back of the pattern lists the requirements to make one of each style. If you are making a family of stockings, there is a table inside the pattern to help with yardage amounts.
The stockings finish at 18″ long and 9″ wide. I love the gentle curve of the stocking and the fact that it’s just ever so slightly wider at the opening… plenty of room for Santa to stuff goodies (without being so giant that it breaks Santa’s bank, of course!)
Melissa, one of the pattern testers, used a little Perle cotton and embroidered around the circles on her test stocking. It is even more adorable in person!
Jaime, another tester, opted for some crazy fun fabric combinations. That sample made with pink shot cotton was almost stolen by Eleanor!
These stockings were made from some French General fabric in a few shades of gray and cream. It was fun making some examples that weren’t in the typical green and red!
For the cover samples, I used my new favorite fabrics…. Moda Cross Weaves. I used (from dark to light) Green Blue, Green Yellow, Wasabi and Apple.
Infinite thanks to my pattern testers, who gave the very best feedback and suggestions. The pattern is even better after their input. My friend Sarah, of Sorell Images, took all of the photos. Working with her is always a fun highlight at the end of the pattern writing process. I had that red background in mind as I bought my green fabric!
Want to make your own handmade Christmas stockings? You can find a copy of the pattern in digital form in my PDF pattern shop or in printed form at many of the stores listed on my Patterns page, under “Where to Buy.” If you are looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line. I’d love to see one when you finish it! If you are a shop owner, you can order from me or find the pattern in stock with United Notions, Checker and Brewer.
So…. anyone want to ditch their store bought stockings with me?