Introduction

Handmade Christmas

Dip-dying is an easy and inexpensive way to add custom color to your decor. Create a bunch of stockings in one color palette, or use a different color for each member of the family.

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Tools and Materials

For this color-blocking craft, you will need the downloadable stocking pattern; one package of Rit Dye; 1/2 yard of cotton fabric exterior; 1/2 yard of cotton fabric lining; 1 yard of interfacing or cotton batting (optional for a sturdier stocking); and basic sewing essentials (pins, scissors, thread and a sewing machine).

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Cut Stocking Pieces

Print out the pattern pieces. Cut two external stocking pattern pieces, two lining stocking pieces, two optional interfacing or cotton batting pieces and one stocking loop piece.

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Cotton Batting or Interfacing

If using interfacing, follow the cotton batting or interfacing instructions and adhere to the wrong side of each lining pattern piece.

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Pin Lining

Place the lining pieces right sides together, and pin around the outer edge, leaving the bottom of the foot open. Sew around. Do not sew the top closed, simply around the side edges.

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Make the Loop

Fold the stocking loop in half, right sides together. Pin and sew the outer edge. Use a safety pin or fabric turner to turn the loop right-side out so that the seam is along the inside of the tube. Press.

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Attach Loop

Fold the tube in half so that the raw ends meet to create a loop. Place the raw edges along the top back of one of the exterior stocking pieces. Pin it in place and baste-stitch along the upper edge.

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Sew Exterior Pieces

Place the exterior stocking pieces right sides facing, pin around the outer edges and then sew the pieces together. Do not sew the top edge, just around the sides.

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Turn Right-Side Out

Turn the stocking right-side out, using your hand to gently press out all inside curves and edges. Press.

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Add Lining

Slip the lining stocking around the exterior stocking, so that they are right sides together. Match up the side seams and pin the top edges together. Sew around. Turn the stocking right-side out, and whipstitch the opening in the lining foot closed. Push the lining inside of the stocking, and press.

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Dip-Dye

Follow the preparation instructions on the fabric dye package. Gently dip one edge of your stocking in the dye, and let it sit for the time allotted. Pull out, and rinse until water runs clear. Wash and hang to dry.

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Voilà!

And there you have it. Color-block them, give them a good old-fashioned '70s tie dye, or even stripe your stocking by folding it in half or thirds when dipping. Either way, your family will love it.