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Embossed-Velvet Stocking

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

Sew sophisticated velvet stockings with a faux bois pattern using this how-to from TV crafter Kirsten Earl.

Tools and Materials

  • Sock and cuff template
  • Cardboard or mat board
  • Tape
  • Utility or craft knife
  • Rubber faux bois (wood-grain) texture mat
  • 1 yard iron-on lightweight interfacing
  • 1/2 yard silk velvet
  • Iron
  • Large sharp scissors
  • Sturdy, heat-resistant surface, such as an ironing pad
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Pencil
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Bone folder
  • 1/2 yard silk taffeta
  • 1/4 yard gold metallic fabric
  • Press cloth (scrap of lightweight cotton)
  • 5 inches gold metallic ribbon for hanging loop
  • Embossed leaves or beads (optional)

Embossed Velvet Stocking How-To
1. Download, enlarge, and print sock and cuff templates. Tape templates to a piece of cardboard or mat board and cut out on solid lines.

2. Cut two rectangles of iron-on lightweight interfacing, slightly larger than the faux bois texture mat. Place each interfacing rectangle adhesive (shiny) side down onto wrong side of velvet. Iron the interfacing onto the velvet, following manufacturer's directions.

3. Trim velvet around interfacing rectangles. Set one interfaced velvet rectangle aside. Spray the velvet side of the other rectangle lightly with water.

4. Put the texture mat on a sturdy, heat-resistant surface and spray lightly with water. Lay damp interfaced velvet rectangle velvet side down on top of mat. Press interfaced side with iron, putting pressure on mat. Make sure the velvet does not slip while pressing, and that each area of the rectangle gets at least 10 seconds of firm pressure with the iron. Allow rectangle to cool slightly while in place, then carefully lift from mat. This rectangle of velvet is now embossed with the faux bois design.

5. Place embossed velvet face down on a flat surface and line up sock template over the interfaced side. Trace sock template onto interfacing with a pencil. Cut out sock shape with sharp scissors.

6. Match embossed velvet sock shape to second interfaced rectangle, velvet sides facing. Pin in place. Machine-sew all around sock shape, with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving the top open. Trim seam allowance (from both rectangle and sock pieces) to 1/8 inch once sewn.

Note: Sewing sock shape to a larger rectangle and then trimming is easier than trying to match two sock shapes together.

7. Around the curves of the sock, clip into the seam allowance with a small pair of sharp scissors every quarter inch or so, being very careful not to clip through the seam. Turn the velvet sock velvet side out and push the curves into shape from the inside with a bone folder.

8. Create stocking lining: Trace the sock template twice onto silk taffeta and cut out. Sew the two pieces together along the edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving top of sock open. Trim seam allowance to 1/8 inch.

9. Create stocking cuff: Iron a 10- by 18-inch rectangle of interfacing onto the wrong side of the gold metallic fabric. Trace cuff template twice onto interfacing with a pencil, then cut out. Fold each cuff piece in half, with interfacing on inside. Placing a press cloth between iron and fabric, press fold into each cuff piece.

10. Place two cuff pieces together, lining up raw edges. Pin and sew along raw side edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Placing a press cloth over fabric, press seams open.

11. Place silk lining, with raw seams facing out, inside velvet sock (right side out); pin raw edges all around opening of sock. Place ribbon loop inside top of sock, centering against seam on heel side. Match raw edges at top and pin in place. Finally, place cuff piece inside top of sock, with raw seams facing in; match raw edges at top and pin in place generously (thread-baste, if desired).

12. Machine-sew all the way around the top opening of the sock. Turn cuff up and over outside of stocking.

Note: When needed, only press stocking from the back (unembossed) side, always with a press cloth between iron and stocking. Do not touch a bare iron to velvet or metallic fabric, and never press the front (embossed) side of the stocking.

13. Embellish cuff with embossed leaves and beads, if desired.

Note: This same embossing process can be used with a rubber stamp. Try pressing the interfaced velvet scraps from this project onto a holly leaf rubber stamp and cutting out individual leaves for decoration. On "The Martha Stewart Show," we made our holly-leaf wreath by gluing covered floral wire to the back of each embossed leaf with craft glue, then wiring each leaf to a wire wreath form.

Resources
Rubber clay texture mat available from Chinese Clay Art. All other tools and materials available at most sewing and fabric stores.