It is only a week to Christmas eve, just in time to hang my newly sewn Burlap Christmas Stockings at my fireplace and praying hard to have a surprise on the morning of the Christmas day. Ho ho ho!!!! My kids are awfully happy to see me sewing a new pair of stockings since the pair I have sewn 4 years ago. Ooppsss, it is so embarrassed to tell that I have been using the same old pair of Christmas stockings for 4 years
Perhaps you may think that there is nothing special on sewing this Burlap Christmas Stocking as there are plenty of similar tutorials on sewing a Christmas stocking, including the one I did 4 years ago. Look into the tutorial and you will find that I am sewing it differently. I learned this method from bag making, where the lining is totally attached to the external fabric and the seam allowance is hidden away between the layers. This method is perfect for sewing burlap, the muslin lining makes the stitches on the loosely woven burlap more secure and without have to afraid of seam lines rupture. And if you get tired of burlap, just turn the lining side out and you have a new Christmas stocking to display. Actual size pattern template included too.
Even though I named this pattern & tutorial as Burlap Christmas Stocking, you may substitute the fabric with your favorite cotton. You can either add medium interfacing to make the fabric stiffer or add batting to make the stocking looks fuller or just add nothing at all. If you are using cotton, just treat the combination of both cotton and interfacing or batting as a piece burlap.
Be it a plain Burlap Christmas Stocking or you can decorate it some embellishment to spice it up.
Burlap Christmas Stocking
Pattern’s template: Actual size in pdf format, 4 pages. Download here.
Finished size: approx. 10″ x 14 1/2″
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour
1. Burlap, 2 pcs. of 11″ x 15 1/2″
2. Muslin or cotton, 2 pcs. of 11″ x 15 1/2″
3. Linen or cotton (red/cream strips), 2 pcs. of 9 1/2″ (W) x 7 1/2″ (H)
4. Jute twine, 8″
5. Embellishment (optional)
1. Sewing machine (prefer to have walking foot presser)
2. Pencil or seamstress chalk
3. Seamstress tracing wheel and paper
5. Pins, needle and matching threads
6. Quick dry glue, eg. UHU or Aleene’s Tacky Pack – OK To Wash-it (optional, for embellishment)
7. Printer and papers
Remark: Add 3/8″ seam allowance to the pattern template.
Note: You may substitute the burlap with your favorite cotton. You can either add medium interfacing to make the fabric stiffer or add batting to make the stocking looks fuller, or just add nothing at all. If you are using cotton, just treat the combination of both cotton and interfacing or batting as a piece burlap.
Gathered all materials and tools as listed above.
Download the pattern template, open in Acrobat Reader and print them out without scaling (unless you want a different size). Don’t print from browser, the scale won’t be correct.
Cut paper templates and glue to join the stocking template.
Stack fabrics with 2 pcs. of burlap at the bottom followed by 2 pcs of muslin fabrics on top. If the fabrics have distinguishable right-side and wrong-side, place them with right side facing each other. Pin.
Place the red / cream stripes fabrics for the cuff with right side facing each other. Pin
-Place the stocking paper template on the wrong side of the muslin aka. on top of the 4-piece stacking, pin, trace the outline with pencil or seamstress chalk. Trace the cuff line of the stocking on the wrong side of the second layer of muslin with tracing paper and tracing wheel. Cut fabrics with 3/8″ seam allowance.
-Place cuff paper template on the wrong side of the red / cream stripe fabrics, pin, trace the outline with pencil or seam stress chalk. Trace the top and bottom lines on the wrong side of the 2nd layer of fabric. Important: Make a marking on the rear side of the cuff (the black dot on the pattern template). Cut fabrics with 3/8″ seam allowance.
You may choose to leave it plain or spice it up further with embellishment.
For a fast embellishment, you may glue the accessories to the stocking since it is not going to be washed. Of course, you may sew them on too.
I used pom-pom trim, mini ricrac and a crochet snowflake (the same pattern I crochet as the Christmas Coasters) for the embellishment.
I hang a spiral paper star on the plain burlap stocking.
You may add store bought Christmas tree ornaments or any of your DIY ornaments too.