“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” plays on a loop through my mind as my sewing machine hums with the delight of being used. I am staring at my new favorite fabric… buffalo check plaid… being turned into a personalized stocking in under 10 minutes.
My family room is slowly turning into a buffalo plaid shrine with the new plaid pillows and decor I have made recently. I bought a bunch of adorable buffalo plaid from Joann’s on sale, and now I’m on a mission to use all of it! And stockings are the perfect use of my leftover fabric.
Now I can’t believe I ever made those when I found this super simple way to make lined stockings. I came across Diary of a Quilter’s Easy DIY Stocking Tutorial and knew that I could actually make these! You can too!
There are two different ways you could make these buffalo plaid stockings depending on if you have a Cricut Maker or not. (I personally think everyone should have one! Feel free to browse my Ultimate Resource of Cricut Ideas for all the amazingness of these machines!)
Materials Needed for DIY Buffalo Plaid Stockings
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- 2 different fabrics (one for outside and one for lining) – I purchased flannel buffalo plaid fabric and burlap both at Joanns
- Sewing Machine and thread
- Cricut Maker with the rotary blade – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
- Fabric grip mats
- HTV or Iron-On Vinyl
- Heat Press or Iron
How To Make DIY Stockings with a Cricut Maker
I’ll have to admit the one drawback of using your Cricut Maker is the size of the stocking. You are restricted to the size it will cut, so if you want a larger stocking, jump to the next section. Mine ended up being 12 inches long by 9 inches wide (with top folded down).
The first thing you’ll want to do is download my stocking file. There are two stockings in the file. One is just the mirror image of the other since you’ll need to cut out two of each fabric.
Upload it to Cricut Design Space. Size it to however big you want. I set my width to 10 inches. After you click “make it”, click project quantities to 2. You will cut out a total of 4: 2 mirror pieces in each fabric.
I cut out two stockings of burlap and two pieces of the buffalo plaid. I made a video of how to apply and remove the fabric from the mat if that’s more helpful to you. Make sure to watch it at the top of the post!
On cut setting, I chose flannel fabric and put in the rotary blade. After it cuts, remove the excess fabric around the stocking. Repeat for the second flannel piece.
Make sure to change the settings if you are using a different type of fabric for your lining. I changed mine to burlap and it cut two pieces of burlap beautifully!
Using Scissors to Cut the Fabric
If you don’t own a Cricut Maker or have access to one, you can always just cut the stocking pieces out with scissors. Grab an old stocking and place it on top of a folded piece of fabric (so you’ll cut two at once and they’ll be mirror images since right sides of fabric are both facing the outside!).
(Sorry, I have a few pictures of this fabric because I tried to make a stocking with it. It didn’t end well… Fleece was a little bit too thick with the burlap!)
The Most Important Part of All : Putting It All Together!
Make sure to hop on over to Diary Of A Quilter to get the full tutorial on how to sew everything together.
You’ll start by sewing the tops of each side together. Place one piece of liner and one piece of outside with right sides together. Sew across the top.
Make sure you have them so that the toes are facing each other. I made that mistake once, twice, okay maybe three times…ugh!! If you sew one the wrong way just rip out the thread with a seam ripper, flip the pieces over and sew it again!
Open up both pieces and lay them on top of each other so that the right sides are together.
Pin them together. Sew all the way around the outside edges making sure to leave about 3-4 inches on one side of the lining, where you will pull it inside out.
Sew the outside fabric with a smaller seam allowance than the lining fabric. This will help it lay flatter inside.
Once it’s all sewn, trim the excess fabric. Make small slits around the corners and curves.
Next, you’ll need to pull it right-side out through the 3-4 inch hole you left. Iron down both sides. Sew the opening closed with a seam close to the edge. This will be inside so no one will see it anyway!
Now, this is probably the hardest part of the whole project, especially if you have fat hands like me! Push the lining side back down into the outside piece. I found it easiest to start pushing from the toe. Once I got it most of the way in, I used a ruler to push it more (just be careful not to push too hard!)
Burlap fabric is a little bulky and stiff so it wasn’t the easiest fabric to work with, but I really wanted a burlap cuff!
Once it’s all the way in, iron the top piece so that the edge is nice and flat. Flip over the top 2-3 inches and iron the whole thing.
So, I’m totally lame and forgot to sew a ribbon in to hang it from. No worries, though, I just secured the ribbon on with a safety pin! You do what you have to do sometimes…
How to Personalize the DIY Stocking
I designed this is in Cricut Design Space and cut it out of iron-on vinyl. As you’ve probably guessed, this stocking is for my newest baby… our sweet puppy Luna! Make sure to set the cut to mirror setting and place iron-on shiny side down.
I applied the HTV with my heat press, but you could just as easily iron it on. If you need more step by step directions on how to use an iron to apply, watch this applying HTV video tutorial.
I love how it turned out! Perfect to add to my buffalo plaid room.
Painting this cute buffalo check tray was easier than you think! Watch my how to paint buffalo plaid video tutorial here.
Now on to the rest of my “to-do” list before the holidays get here! What one project are you most wanting to get done before Christmas?
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a creative day!