We want to introduce a NEW Guest Blogger for My Fabric Designs. Her name is Liz Masoner! Liz has a blog where she talks all about creating rag quilts. Check out the link below to see what else she’s been working on and keep reading to check out her current project – “Rag Quilt Style” Christmas Stocking!
There’s still time to sew some cute Christmas stockings this season, especially with a rag quilt style stocking that needs no complicated turning. This pattern is easy for even a brand new sewist. Rag quilting is a style of sewing where the edges of your fabric are left exposed and deliberately clipped so they fray and fizz into a soft fuzzy edge.
- Pattern: Raggy Christmas Stocking Pattern
- Fabric – You’ll need 2 fat quarters (or a half yard) each of your outer and inner materials.
- Sewing thread
- Sewing machine – You can sew it by hand but I’m a lazy girl and my machine does my sewing for me.
- Pins and fabric clips (you can omit the fabric clips if you like but they are one of my favorite tools ever for rag quilting)
- Ragging scissors – Regular scissors can be used but spring loaded snips save a lot of wear and tear on your hands
When printing out the pattern, be sure to print it at Actual Size, NOT Fit to Page. Having this setting ON can affect your final pattern size. You could print it smaller if you want a smaller stocking. Once printed, cut along the alignment marks and tape together to form the full pattern.
Oh so many possibilities with fabric. Picking out fabric is so much fun but it can be overwhelming too. For this stocking I’m using RED BUFFALO PLAID GNOMES on BURLAP by Red Raspberry Designs printed at 1100 dpi sizing.
I personally prefer woven cotton. For this project I used My Fabric Designs custom printed Basic Combed Cotton for the outer fabric and white flannel (from any fabric store) for the inner fabric, but you can use other fabrics as well. For the cuff in this tutorial I’m using a faux fur with a plain woven lining, but you can use more basic cotton if you like.
Cutting Your Fabric
For patterns like these, I’m a fan of pinning the pattern to your fabric. It just saves a lot of heartache when cutting the curves.
You’ll need to cut:
- 2 pieces of the body/outside of stocking
- 2 pieces for the stocking lining
- 2 of the cuff in the fur
- 2 of the cuff in the cotton for lining
- 1 piece of cotton for the loop OR layer multiple pieces, whatever you prefer.
Remember, you have to have a back and front piece for the stocking and cuff cut OPPOSITE of each other. So you either have to flip the pattern for one side OR fold your fabric in half before placing the pattern on the fabric and cutting.
The edges will be ragged on these stockings so (while we want to be close in shape) it isn’t the end of the world if your cuts aren’t super smooth.
For the cuffs, note that the cuff piece on the pattern I provide is NOT a simple rectangle. This pattern piece has a taper to help visually soften the look of the cuff when the stocking is hanging at an angle, like all stockings do.
But it means you have to keep track of which side is which. The side of the pattern that says CUFF is the part that fits on the back edge of the stocking. The C is at the top and the F at the bottom. Like the stocking bodies, you’ll need to flip the pattern piece when cutting or fold your fabric so you have 2 SETS.
TIP: When I cut and assemble my sets I put a fabric clip on the top back of the pieces so I can easily keep them organized.
Assembling the Pieces
Once you have all your pieces cut out, you’ll need to stack the sets of pieces together so you have two stocking halves and two cuff sets as shown in the photo.
Now lets sew!
- Sew across the bottom of both the cuff sets, 1/2″ seam allowance. There’s no need to backstitch as you’ll sew over the end of the seams later.
- Then, pin/fabric-clip the cuff top to the top of each corresponding stockings sides. It should be layered in this order: stocking lining, stocking(right side up), cuff lining, cuff(right side up)
- insert the folded loop in-between the back stocking piece and back cuff
- NOTE: Be sure to place the loop far enough from the edge to allow for a half inch seam allowance on the side and deep enough for the end to be caught in a half inch seam allowance along the top. Then, sewn a seam along the top of the cuff with a half inch seam allowance to secure the cuffs to the stockings.
- Sew across top of both stockings sides, attaching the cuffs and loop into place. 1/2″ seam allowance
- Now, place the halves together, right sides out. Pin/Fabric-clip together
- Final seam! Using a half inch seam allowance again. For this seam you’ll sew from the top of one side of the cuff, around the stocking, and finish at the top of the other cuff. Do NOT sew the top of the stocking closed. For this seam you do need to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam. Be sure to backstitch at and below where the top seam on the cuff meets your new seam so it is not lost in the ragging process that comes next.
Ragging is nothing more than a controlled fraying of fabric. To achieve a rag effect, the exposed seam allowance is clipped repeatedly and then brushed OR washed & dried to loosen the fibers.
Using your ragging scissors (or regular scissors), clip the exposed fabric outside your seam every eighth to fourth of an inch. Be sure to stop your clip at least an eighth inch before the thread seam. Do not clip the thread itself. Clip all around the outside of the stocking, the top of the cuff, and the bottom of the cuff.
When clipping the top of the cuffs you’ll work around the loop. Clipping the fabric in front of the loop and behind the loop separately.
Once everything is clipped you can wash & dry the stocking to create the rag effect.
Note: A lot of strings come off in this process. If you have delicate plumbing you may want to wash the stocking inside a delicates bag to reduce the fibers washed into the drain of your washing machine for the first few times you wash it. When drying, stop and clean the lint filter every 10 to 15 minutes. After the first couple of wash & dry cycles the stocking will not be shedding many strings moving forward.
My Fabric Designs Basic Combed Cotton is a nice tight weave so it will rag more slowly than lesser fabrics. You can brush the seams with a hairbrush or plastic pet brush to speed the process if you prefer to do multiple wash & dry cycles.
And that’s it! Now you have a cute and rustic rag quilt style Christmas stocking to enjoy!
We hope you enjoyed our this holiday inspired DIY project by Guest Blogger Liz Masoner over at Rag Quilting with Liz. Keep checking back for new blog projects to come and have a happy holiday!
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