With easy-to-follow sewing instructions, you can have this fun Christmas decoration in no time — an elegant gift for the ruffle lover in your life.
Cut out the pattern. You should have two exterior fabric pieces, two lining pieces, two interfacing or cotton batting pieces, as well as one stocking loop piece. Cut out 3” strips from the remainder of your fabric, from selvage to selvage. These will be for your ruffles. You should have approximately six to seven 3” strips.
Place one interfacing/cotton batting piece to the wrong side of your lining piece. Baste-stitch around outer edges to secure. Repeat for the other interfacing/cotton batting piece and lining piece.
Fold the stocking loop, right sides together, so that the long side edges meet. Sew along the outer edge. You will now have a tube of fabric. Secure a safety pin to the bottom edge of the fabric tube. Gently pull the safety pin through the inside of the fabric tube, pulling the fabric right-side out. Use an iron to press flat.
Fold your fabric tube so that the raw ends meet together, creating a little loop. Place the raw ends of your loop along the top raw edge of one stocking lining, toward the back of the stocking. Pin it in place and baste-stitch to secure.
Place the two stocking lining pieces right sides together, and sew along outer edges. Leave a 4" to 5” opening along the bottom of the foot (this will be for turning the stocking right-side out later). Do not sew the top of the stocking, just the sides.
The easiest way is to use a ruffle foot. A ruffle foot is an attachment that slips onto your sewing machine and will create rows of even ruffles in minutes. This is typically a foot that you will need to purchase, as it is not a standard foot. No ruffle foot? No problem, see the next step.
To make ruffles using your standard sewing machine foot, take each ruffle strip and sew a line of basting stitches along the top long edge. The longer the stitch, the better. My machine goes up to a level 5 stitch length and works great. Do not secure the stitch back and forth at the ends when sewing these basting stitches. Gently pull the bobbin thread on each end of the ruffle. Push the fabric in toward the center as you are pulling the thread, gently gathering it. Separate the fabric as evenly as possible along the ruffle. Repeat these steps for all of the ruffle strips.
Take one stocking exterior pattern piece, and start layering the ruffles on top of it, pinning them in place along the top of the ruffle edge as you go. Start at the bottom of the stocking and work your way up.
Place the other exterior stocking piece on the ruffle piece, right sides together. Sew around the outer edges. Do not sew top of stocking. Trim ruffles around outer edge to seam allowance.
Slip the lining around the outside of the ruffle stocking, so that they are right sides together. Match up the side seams along the top edge. Pin together and sew around the top edge. Turn the stocking right-side out through the bottom opening in your lining stocking on the foot. Sew opening closed and push lining inside of the ruffle stocking.
Once you're lining is in place, you're done! You have a fabulous ruffled stocking decoration that everyone will adore this Christmas season. It will look great with burlap, deep reds and greens, and, of course, all of your DIY decor.