I’m hosting Christmas dinner for my family next week and for some unknown reason I decided planning a menu, baking four kinds of cookies, cleaning my house from top to bottom and doing all the cooking wasn’t enough of a challenge. Nope, I had to throw making new place settings into the mix, too. So I doodled around a bit and came up with these little silverware stockings. Because, you know, silverware NEEDS stockings, right?
I actually made about four versions before I got to one I was happy with. The previous attempts were too fiddly and bulky, but I’m happy to say my final try is super quick and simple, with minimal seams. You could whip up a couple out of scrap fabric in less than an hour.
To start, download the pattern. The stocking is fully lined and the lining also forms the cuff at the top, so plan your fabrics accordingly. Cut two stockings from your outer fabric and two from a lining fabric.
Make sure you flip the pattern over so you have a left and a right version cut from each fabric. Since I was making 10 stockings total, I printed my pattern on cardstock and traced around it but I needed a way to keep track to make sure I had the right number of left and right stockings. I just made a hash mark right on the pattern every time I traced it, then double-checked that there were 10 marks total for each fabric on each side of the pattern.
Match up the lining and outer pieces, right sides together, and stitch them together across the top with a quarter inch seam.
Press the seams open.
Now layer the stocking pieces, right sides together, making sure you match the seams at the top.
The stocking outsides (red) should be layered together on one end, and the stocking linings (white) should be layered together on the other with the toes all facing in the same direction.
Sew all the way around the outer edge, leaving 2-3″ at the back of the lining open for turning.
Clip around the curves to minimize the bulk in the seams, and turn the whole thing right side out through the hole in the lining and press.
Hand stitch the hole in the lining closed and push the lining down into the outer stocking. This part is a little fiddly. I used a chopstick to get everything headed in the right direction then used my fingers to push the lining all the way down into the toe.
Press the stocking one more time and turn down the cuff at the top. Done!
To go with the stockings, I used my super-simple placemat pattern to make some quick placemats. All ready for company!