Here's a free pattern and tutorial for a “no hang” Christmas stocking. If like me, you don't have a fireplace (and don't feel like drilling holes in the walls) but you still have kids and family who love the tradition of Christmas stockings filled with small presents, this might be for you. With this design, the stocking itself has enough support and is shaped in a way that it can stand up on its own instead of hanging.
Life in the tropics is easy-going, but when Christmas comes, you really notice that the practice of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantel was borrowed from European cultures where it's very cold and they actually have fireplaces. It was going to disappointing to the kids around our house to not participate in this wonderful tradition. But even outside the tropics, I think fewer and fewer houses are being made with fireplaces, so I thought why not design a Christmas stocking that doesn't need to hang and that can simply be placed around the tree?
I think the concept worked out pretty well and these “no hang” Christmas stockings certainly do look good around our tree. I really think the kids will enjoy these. And it's also great to preserve some of the old Christmas traditions even though at 85+ degrees outside, it doesn't feel a whole lot like Christmas yet.
- 3/4 of a yard of Minky fabric or fleece (see recommendations below)
- 3/4 fusible fleece
- a rectangle of 20″ x 15″ of white faux fur
- 3/4 of deco bond or Pellon ultra firm stabilizer
- White and red thread to match the fabrics and stabilizer
Height: 16″ (40.5 cm)
Length: 13″ (33cm)
Width: 7″ (18cm)
Fabrics suggestions from Fabric.com
How to make your no hang Christmas stocking:
It is imperative that you sew keeping the seam allowance of 3/8″ throughout the project. The fusible fleece needs to be cut 3/8″ smaller than the main fabric. This is to reduce the bulk of the seams. Retrace the piece pattern provided.
Cut all the four pieces of the pattern in the main fabric. Fuse the fusible fleece to the four pieces. Sew the front at 3/8″.
Sew the back strip of the Christmas stocking. Keep the seams open.
Pin the sole to the main part of the stocking and sew keeping all seam allowances open. Sew at 3/8″. Put aside.
Cut all the pieces of the pattern out of the deco bond and sew the same way you did on the fleece. Insert the deco bond layer inside the fleece boot shape. Please match the seam allowances of both pieces and pin on the top.
Cut a rectangle in fur following the pattern. If you have never worked with fur before be sure to read this article that will tell you a few tricks and tips on working with this material.
Sew the rectangle right sides together at 3/8″. Now it resembles a band. Fold the band wrong sides together. Pin the fur inside the stocking.
Sew at 3/8″ and pull the fur right side out. Fold the fur trim down. You have finished the sewing part, it is time to decorate the stocking any way you want it.
As you can see this is a very easy project to make and solves a real problem for those of us with kids and no fireplaces.
I would love to know what you normally place inside your stockings? I am going to stuff this one with a pair of long pajamas I am making and I will be sharing the pattern with you shortly. Until next time!