For this charming trio of stockings, remnants of velvet and brocade form a pleasing mélange.
- To create a simple pattern, loosely trace an existing stocking, or draw the shape freehand.
- Cut two mirroring panels each of decorative and lining fabrics, plus ribbon for the loop.
- With right sides together, pin the top of each decorative panel to the top of a lining panel. Sandwich the ribbon loop in the outside corner of one of these pairs, placing it between a decorative panel and a lining panel. Stitch each pair, panel to lining, joining the pieces only across the top (Figure 1).
- Unfold and press. Pin this pair, right sides together, matching fabrics so decorative ends and lining ends meet (Figure 2).
- Begin sewing lining together around the heel and up the back of the leg. Continue stitching all the way around the decorative end, and back down the front of the leg and toe of the lining, leaving an opening along the sole of the lining. (Figure 3).
- Clip curves before turning the stocking right-side-out through the opening (Figure 4).
- Press well, and stitch the lining closed (Figure 5).
- Push the liner into the stocking, and finish the stocking with a decorative stitch around the top edge, if desired (Figure 6).
Expanding from this basic construction, stockings can be further embellished by mixing fabrics or adding trim. For Melissa’s center design, pictured above, layering a miscellany of crocheted doilies produces a generous cuff with a dainty scalloped border.