DIY Tiny Stocking Bunting – A Free Tutorial

I have a fun little tutorial to share with you today.    This sweet Tiny Christmas Stocking Bunting is a  great way to decorate your festive table or room.   It’s perfect for Christmas in July celebrations and just as great for anyone wanting to start their Christmas sewing early this year!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Tiny Stocking Bunting:

  • scraps of fabric approximately 8″ square
  • wadding
  • stocking template (click here to print yours now along with the step by step tutorial)
  • coordinating embroidery floss to make the stocking hangers
  • coordinating string, ric rac or ribbon
  • a skewer or small crochet hook
  • general sewing supplies

Ready to get started?    I’ve been trying out a little bit of video editing (be kind to me!) so today’s tutorial is coming right at you in two forms.   The first is this quick video…

And of course, there’s step-by-step photos you can follow as well -:).

For each stocking you will need one 1 1/4″ x 8″ strip and one 4 1/2″ x 8″ strip.   With right sides facing sew the strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.   Press the seams open when your done.

Pop the template (if you haven’t already you can do so by clicking here) on to the pieced strip.  Make sure that the top edge of the template is lined up with the top edge of the pieced strip.   Trace one stocking then flip the template over and trace a second stocking in the opposite direction as shown.

Carefully cut out each shape.

Pop the two stocking shapes together with right sides facing.    That’s always a tricky photo to take so make sure yours are correctly aligned!   Pay particular attention to make sure the seams on both sides match.   Once you’ve done that pin everything in place to make sure it doesn’t slip while you are sewing.

Reduce the stitch length on your sewing machine to make it easier to manage the curved sections of the stocking.  Starting at the top of the stocking shape sew around the stocking shape using a 1⁄4″ seam allowance leaving a gap in the top of the stocking so you can turn it out the right way.   Backstitch at the start and end.

Turn the stocking out the right way.  These stocking are pretty teeny so it’s helpful to use a skewer or small crochet hook to make sure that all of the seams are turned out properly.   When you are happy with the shape give the stocking a quick press making sure you turn the raw edges at the top of the stocking inside.

Use a small amount of wadding to puff the stocking shape out.   Less is definitely more when it comes to the wadding, you’re going for slightly puffy not overly stuffed.

Cut a length of coordinating embroidery thread approximately 4″ long.  Fold it in half and then double it over and tie a knot in it.  The knot will need to be no more than 3/4″ from the top of the loop and is used to hold the ‘hook’ in place inside the stocking.

Place the knotted end of the looped embroidery thread inside the stocking.   Pin to hold the hook in place and the opening closed.

Sew the opening at the top of the stocking closed using a scant 1/8″ seam allowance.

Thread lots of tiny stockings on to a piece of string approximately 5″ apart and then hang it everywhere!

The number of tiny stocking needed depends entirely on the length of bunting you’re making.  Make them as long or as short as you like!

If you like the look of the fabric I used keep an eye out for Makower Fabrics Modern Metallic range.  I love how it works with the decor in my house.   Christmas without being overly Christmassy and super cute for little pillows as well as bunting!    The pillow here was made using my Christmas Tree Mini pattern, I left the borders off to give it a cleaner, modern look.   PDF and paper patterns are available in my shop which has a new look and easy to navigate menu’s!   You can check out the new look by clicking here.

Have a happy week,

 

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