It is only a week to Christmas eve, just in time to hang my newly sewn Burlap Christmas Stocking at my fireplace and pray hard to have a surprise on the morning of Christmas day. Ho ho ho!!!! My kids are excited to see me sewing a new pair of stockings since the pair I sewn 4 years ago. Oops, it is so embarrassing to tell you that I have been using the same old pair of Christmas stockings for 4 years and many more years to come 😋
Perhaps you may think that there is nothing special about sewing this pair of burlap stockings as there are plenty of similar tutorials on how to make Christmas stockings, including the one I did 4 years ago. Scroll down to read through my instructions and you will find that I am sewing it differently. You will be surprised by how easy it is to hide the raw edges into the layers.
Burlap Christmas Stocking
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I learned a 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, which has loosely woven fibers. With a muslin lining, it secures the stitches on the loosely woven burlap without having to be afraid of seam lines rupturing. And if you get tired of burlap, just turn the lining side out, and you have new Christmas stockings to display. Actual size printable pattern template included for immediate download too.
Even though I named this sewing pattern & tutorial 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 of burlap.
Be it a plain Burlap Stocking or you can decorate it with some embellishment to spice it up. Buy Christmas embellishments from Amazon (affiliate link).
- Start sewing and sharing your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us, @craftpassion, so that we are able to see them.
- Pin it to Pinterest for a future To-Sew List
- Share with your sewing groups for a sew-along event.
- Browse more free sewing patterns to make, particularly, the Christmas Sewing Crafts.
Happy Sewing and Merry Christmas!
- Burlap, 2 pcs. of 11″ x 15 1/2″
- Muslin or cotton, 2 pcs. of 11″ x 15 1/2″
- Linen or cotton (red/cream strips), 2 pcs. of 9 1/2″ (W) x 7 1/2″ (H)
- Jute twine, 8″
- Embellishment (optional)
- Sewing machine (prefer to have walking foot presser)
- Pencil or seamstress chalk
- Seamstress tracing wheel and paper
- Pins, needle and matching threads
- Quick-dry glue, eg. UHU or Tacky, or Hot Glue (optional, for embellishment)
- Printer and papers
Remark: Add 3/8″ seam allowance to the pattern template.
MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO SEW
BURLAP CHRISTMAS STOCKING
- Gathered all materials and tools as listed above.
Download the pattern template, open it in Acrobat Reader and print them out without scaling (unless you want a different size). Don’t print from the 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 the right side facing each other. Pin.
Place the red/cream stripes fabrics for the cuff with the right side facing each other. Pin.
- Place the stocking paper template on the wrong side of the muslin, ie. 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 a 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 seamstress 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.
- Sew sides of the cuff piece.
- Sew around the stocking except for the top cuff line.
- Clip the seam allowance on the valleys and notch on the mountains.
- Turn the stocking muslin side out from the layers between the muslin.
All the seam allowances will be kept in between the layers and won’t expose in the stocking lining.
- Turn the cuff right side out and sew the twine loop on the seam allowance of the rear side.
Turn the cuff right side in again.
- With the twine loop on top, insert the stocking into the cuff, align and match seam lines, pin, and sew around.
- Turn the stocking right side out.
Fold the cuff down, align and match the top seam line to the bottom (the one sewn to the stocking). Tuck in the seam allowance.
- Slip stitch along the seam lines.
Fold the cuff down.
- This completes the basic and plain Burlap Christmas Stocking.
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.
Here they are, hanging at my cozy fireplace. IF you are interested to make the silver star that I attached to the second burlap Christmas Stocking, here is the How-To.
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 of burlap.
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