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Blanket Stockings

Add a personal touch to the age-old holiday tradition of hanging stockings by making your own this year. Transform worn wool blankets into oversize stockings using our template. If your blanket is striped or plaid, be sure that the pattern on both sides of the stocking match up. And if your blanket has a fringe, line it up with the top of the stocking pattern so it will become the edge of the cuff.

Materials

  • Stocking template
  • Fabric, such as a wool blanket
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Steam iron
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing Machine

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make a paper stocking pattern, or use our template.2. Pin the pattern to two layers of fabric, right sides together. If you're using reversible blankets, you have the option of showing only one side or both. If your blanket has a fringe or a border, align it with the top of the pattern so that it will become the edge of the cuff.3. Cut the fabric; match plaids or stripes so they'll line up.4. Mark each side notch where the cuff begins as indicated on the template with a pin. With right sides together, sew from one notch toward the foot of the stocking and back up to the other notch.5. Trim seams to about 3/8 inch. Turn the stocking right-side out.6. Using a steam iron, press the stocking.7. Sew the two open side edges that form the cuff, leaving the top of stocking open. Fold down the top of stocking, and press along the top of the cuff.8. To make the stocking tab, use pinking shears and cut a piece of the blanket with the grain, 9 by 1 1/2 inches. Pin the front side of the loop to the inside front of the stocking, and the back of the loop to the inside back of the stocking (same side as the heel, not the toe). You can also use ribbon to make the tab.

  2. Step 2

    Pin the pattern to two layers of fabric, right sides together. If you're using reversible blankets, you have the option of showing only one side or both. If your blanket has a fringe or a border, align it with the top of the pattern so that it will become the edge of the cuff.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the fabric; match plaids or stripes so they'll line up.

  4. Step 4

    Mark each side notch where the cuff begins as indicated on the template with a pin. With right sides together, sew from one notch toward the foot of the stocking and back up to the other notch.

  5. Step 5

    Trim seams to about 3/8 inch. Turn the stocking right-side out.

  6. Step 6

    Using a steam iron, press the stocking.

  7. Step 7

    Sew the two open side edges that form the cuff, leaving the top of stocking open. Fold down the top of stocking, and press along the top of the cuff.

  8. Step 8

    To make the stocking tab, use pinking shears and cut a piece of the blanket with the grain, 9 by 1 1/2 inches. Pin the front side of the loop to the inside front of the stocking, and the back of the loop to the inside back of the stocking (same side as the heel, not the toe). You can also use ribbon to make the tab.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, 2004