How to Make a Christmas Stocking and Tree Skirt

For as long as I can remember, we’ve had just a simple tree skirt and have let the kids choose their stockings.  I’ve always thought they looked kind of mismatched but hadn’t thought to do anything about it. 

Last year, I decided it was time. 

I took my kids with me to pick out fabric and together we chose six different fabrics.

There are quite a few free stocking patterns available online, but no matter which one I found, I just didn’t like it enough to use it for our family’s stockings. 

So, I decided to make my own.

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It’s four pages that overlap by 1/2″.

You’ll need 1/2 yard of exterior fabric, 1/2 yard lining fabric, fusible fleece (you could also use batting or regular fleece), fleece or faux fur for the cuff

Cut 2 each of the stocking main, stocking lining, fusible fleece, and cuff pieces.

Iron fusible fleece to the wrong side of the lining.  I actually like to lay my fleece down on the ironing board adhesive side up and then place my fabric on top to iron.

Pin right sides together of both the main stocking and the lining.

Sew together, leaving the top open.  Clip curves.  I like to use a pinking blade in my rotary cutter.  It makes it so much easier!

To make the hanging loop, cut a piece of fabric 6″ x 3″.  Fold in half lengthwise and iron.  Unfold and fold each side in towards the middle and iron.  Fold back in half so all raw edges are enclosed.  Iron.

Stitch down both long sides.

Place main stocking inside lining wrong sides together. 

Fold loop in half and pin in place at the back seam of the stocking.

Baste in place.

Fold cuff in half, wrong sides together encasing seams inside.

Slide cuff over the top of the stocking matching all raw edges along the top.  The loop should be sandwiched in between the stocking and the cuff.

Sew together.  Turn right side out and fold the cuff over to cover the seam.

Iron if desired.

On to the tree skirt.

This was really pretty easy to make.  I have a 10° wedge ruler that I love.  To make a full circle, you need 36 wedges of fabric.  Since I have 6 different fabrics, I cut 6 out of each of them.

Sew up each section of 6, keeping each one in order. 

Then sew those together, leaving the last set separate from the first.

Since I made this last year, I don’t have any pictures of the construction.  I’ll try to explain what I did, but if you have any questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out.

I found this really pretty green fabric to use as the back of the tree skirt.  I placed it wrong side up.  Layer with batting and then the quilt top.

I like to spray baste it in place and then pin together.

Then quilt it 1/4″ away from each seam.

Trim the backing and batting down to the same size as the quilt top.

I already had some cool red and white striped fabric in my stash, so I used that to make some double fold bias tape.

I needed a couple of sets of ties, so I took the bias tape and cut off four sections, sewing one end of each shut.  I placed where I wanted them on the tree skirt and basted in place.

Then I sewed the bias tape down the straight edge, covering the raw edges of the ties.

Sew the bias tape around the inner circle, leaving enough at the beginning and end to tie there also.

Sew the bias tape around the bottom edge and the inner circle.

DIY tree skirt

Isn’t that awesome!

DIY Christmas stockings Free pattern

Here are our family stockings.  We have two little min pins, so I made them little mini stockings.  I’ve got an embroidery machine, so I also added our names.

DIY free stocking pattern

What do you like to diy at Christmas?  Let me know in the comments.

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