Pick your fabrics. I started with a color palette and the base fabric to work with, and then I added scrap fabrics that worked with the palette. My advice? To cut costs, go through the scrap bin for embellishment fabrics and trim, or buy remnant pieces from your favorite fabric store. This time of year, fabric stores and interior designers and decorators clean out their shops and would like to recycle fabric and trim samples, so you might want to check those resources, too.
Draw and cut out the pattern. On muslin or canvas, freehand draw a stocking. You can go traditional or you can go funky. Keep in mind that the finished product is going to be slightly smaller when it is turned inside out and stuffed, so be sure you draw the leg and shoe big enough. When you cut out the pattern, cut at least a 1/2-inch out from the mark for seam allowance and to give a little extra room to work with.
Cut out the stocking pieces. Take the pattern and line it up on the main stocking fabric as you like. Cut out one panel and flip the pattern over, line up again, and cut out the other side of the stocking.
Cut out embellishments and trim pieces. Lay the stocking pieces on a table and visualize what might look fun and funky. I decided here that my lady leg needed a boot and a little gold flair at the top of the boot.
Cut out the pocket liner pieces. The pocket will hide the seams at the top, give the project a nice finished look, and will allow you to close off the stuffed section of the stocking and still be able to use the stocking pocket for holding treats. Fold the pocket fabric in two, lay the stocking pattern on top, and cut.
Cut out the hanger loop piece. Decide if you want a fat loop or a skinny loop. I like the appearance of a fat loop. It gives an additional element of design and a larger splash of color. Later, I add a skinny ribbon to tie on the loop for hanging. For a fat loop, cut at 4 x 6 inches.
Serge fabric pieces. I have a serger with a four-thread overlock stitch, but if you do not have a serger, you can use a zigzag stitch in combination with a straight stitch. Sew a straight stitch at 1/4-inch in from the edge, and on the second time around, finish of with a zigzag, being sure to overlap the edge. If your fabric is not prone to fraying, or you feel like the edges will not unravel, you may skip this step. It might be overboard to serge the pieces but I tend to be a slightly over-the-top perfectionist.
Sew the hanger loop and turn out. Fold the shorter width in half and sew along the edge with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn the loop right side out, line up the seam in the middle and iron to flatten.
Sew the pocket liner. Put the right sides together and sew the sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom closed. You’ll need it to be open to stuff the stocking.
Machine baste embellishments to stocking pieces. To sew on my boot pieces, I lined up the pieces on top of the stocking panels, pinned them in place and sewed with a long stitch length.
Sew on trim to hide the edges of embellishments. To hide the edges of the boot fabric and to give added flair, sew the trim at the top of your embellishment and also along the ends of the trim, making sure to tack the ends to the edges of the stocking panel.
Pin and sew stocking pieces together. Sew just inside the serged edge, but be careful not to get too close to the edge. Also remember to start and stop stitching with a few forward and backward stitches to lock the stitch line.
Turn the stocking right side out. It may be difficult to reach the toe and the heel but use your chopstick to help push the corners out. Do not worry about ironing the leg and boot flat. The stuffing will round it out.
Sew on the hanger loop. Sewing close to the edge, baste the loop in place on the back of the stocking with a long stitch length.
Pin and sew the pocket liner to the stocking. Slip the liner around the outside of the stocking with the right sides in, line up the seams to seams, pin, and sew. Turn the liner up and back down into the stocking. Iron the edges around the mouth of the stocking flat.
Stuff the stocking. I like to stuff the boot pretty full and compact so the edges get pushed out. Work with a small handful of stuffing at a time and use the chopstick to stuff into the hard-to-reach areas. After the boot is stuffed tight, you can fill the ankle and calf a little looser. Fill up to the pocket liner.
Close the pocket liner. Pull the liner bottom up, fold in the edges and sew closed. Slip the pocket liner back down into the stocking and into place.