How to Make a Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

How to Make a Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

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Wouldn’t it be great to wake up on christmas morning to your own personlised counted cross stitch christmas stocking. You could even make one for each of your family members to brighten up the fire place. Follow this step by step guide to make your very own christmas stocking for yourself, family or friend.

Although this tutorial does not include a specific chart to make your counted cross stitch christmas stocking there are plenty available both free and to buy on the internet.

In order to make this counted cross stitch christmas stocking the materials you will need are:

  • Aida
  • Stocking Template
  • Threads
  • Chart
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Sharp scissors

Step by Step Instructions to Make Your Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

counted cross stitch christmas stocking step 1

1. Select a stocking template, and pin this to your Aida fabric , make sure that you have at least a 1.5 cm seam allowance (otherwise when sewing it together you will lose your pattern under a seam!).

Cut out one Aida stocking (2 if you are going to decorate back and front of the stocking.)

 


counted cross stitch christmas stocking step 2

2. Stitch your chosen design onto your counted cross stitch christmas stocking/s (remember if you are designing the back to turn the back around or you will have 2 facing the same way (2 fronts).

 




counted cross stitch christmas stocking step 33. When completed pin your counted cross stitch Christmas stocking onto some backing fabric. This is not a necessary stage; you can if you wish iron on some backing fabric, which will ?seal in? design and prevent presents rubbing against the threads. If you have designed a front and back stocking you must do this to both sides. REMEMBER to place the back of your design against the wrong side of the fabric.




cross stitch christmas stocking step 44. Stitch in place – I like to use a sewing machine to give me a tighter neater finish but you can hand sew this.

 




counted cross stitch christmas stocking step 55. For the back of your counted cross stitch christmas stocking (if you do not already have a designed piece with backing on, as above). Place your template on ? REMEMBER TO PLACE IT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF YOUR FABRIC. I have used a nylon white fake fur fabric for mine. Cut out carefully.




counted cross stitch christmas stocking step 66. Placing the right side of the design/s and the right side of the back fabric together, pin, then stitch (as close to the edge as you can) leaving the top (where your foot would go in) open.



cross stitch christmas stocking step 77. Turn your stocking inside out, and it should look like this.




counted cross stitch stocking step 8

8. Now using some white thread you need to turn down the hem edge at the top of the stocking and sew neatly into place. IDEA ? you might think about sewing a loop for hanging onto the back as I have done.

 

 

You can use this method for small stockings or large ones. If you don?t want to create a stocking from scratch, why not buy a ready made plain stocking and stitch onto it with waste canvas or stitch a panel and attach it to the front of the stocking. I used this method to stitch hubby a Dalek (he loves Dr Who), complete with holly on head and the message We Will exterminate Santa!

This small one took me about 5 hours to complete, a larger one would take considerably longer as you may have a more complex chart. Don?t forget you can use beads and charms as well, and personalise your stocking with the recipient’s name!

Please send us photos and let us know how you get on making your counted cross stitch Christmas stocking.

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