A suede stocking is a great way to dress up your mantel during the holidays. Follow these instructions by Lisa Galvin to make your own stocking.
Hide Crafters 48" x 48" light grey silky soft pig suede *
1/2 yard white satinette fabric
Plaid/All Night Media Tracy Porter medallion border rubber stamp #588J10
Jacquard Lumiere metallic silver light body acrylic paint
40" of 3/16" Wrights metallic silver twist cord
18" of 3" wide Wrights fine white lace
18" of 7/8" wide Wrights metallic silver and sheer striped craft ribbon
Blumenthal Lansing vintage button, circa 1860-1899, item #6806
70 - 75 white 6mm simulated pearl beads
white and light grey thread
1/2" x 20" The Warm Company Lite Steam-A-Seam2 fusible webbing
disappearing ink pen (or straight pins)
scissors (or leather shears)
sharp or glover's needle
sewing machine with size 14 needle
* suede special order #9280-09
Before you begin, please read Lisa's notes and tips about working with leather and suede:
Unlike fabric, where pin holes can be concealed by simply shifting the thread weave, holes made in leather or suede are there to stay. For this reason, binder clips are used instead of straight pins to hold suede or leather pieces together for stitching.
Always work with clean hands and surface.
To reduce the possibility of stretching during stitching and handling, always align pattern in direction of backbone of the animal skin, from head to tail, when cutting leather.
Look suede surface over prior to cutting to select best areas of the skin for use on stocking pieces. Avoid marred or stretched outer edges of skin if possible.
Adjust stitch length to 8 to 10 stitches per inch whenever stitching suede portions of stocking.
Do not backstitch when machine stitching leather or suede as this can create perforation holes that are very close together, causing the skin to tear easily. Instead, secure ends by using needle to bring thread to one side of seam through a stitched hole. Tie a square knot and trim excess.
Do not wrap suede stocking in plastic when putting away for storage. Suede is a natural product and may mold if left in an air-tight bag. For best long-term results, wrap in tissue paper and store flat in a dry place.
1. Using the stocking pattern provided in the PDF Pattern file at right, enlarge 200% or to 17" x 13" (13-inch width at boot end of stocking).
2. Place suede face down onto ironing board and press back side with a warm iron to remove any wrinkles. With suede face down on a firm surface, place pattern on top and trace outer edges using ink pen to mark directly onto back side of suede. Cut out first piece following traced line. Turn pattern over to reverse and trace again; then cut out a second stocking piece. Once cut out, stocking pieces should align perfectly when put together, with right or "sueded" sides facing one another.
3. Pour a small amount of metallic silver paint into foam plate for palette. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply paint to rubber stamp and stamp onto suede vertically, beginning at top edge. Continue to stamp in rows, reapplying paint before stamping each time. Repeat to fill face side of both suede pieces. Set aside to dry.
4. To make the lining: Press satinette fabric. Pin stocking pattern to a double layer of the fabric and cut out. Mark dots shown on bottom of pattern onto the lining pieces only using disappearing ink pen (or straight pins). Opening between the two dots should remain unstitched and will be used later when turning the stitched stocking to right side.
5. With right sides facing one another, position one of the satinette lining pieces onto the appropriate suede stocking piece so that all outer edges match, with boot ends going in same direction. Use binder clips to hold the two pieces together, as shown in the photo.
6. Thread sewing machine with light grey thread. Adjust stitch length to 8 to 10 stitches per inch. Machine stitch 3/8 inch from top (cuff); then open and lay flat, as shown in the photo. Press seam toward lining using iron. Repeat to stitch remaining suede and lining piece together. Open and press seam same as before.
7. With right sides together; pin satinette lining pieces together with suede portions on opposite end clipped together to hold while stitching. On pattern and lining, machine stitch 3/8 inch from outer edges, working your way around outer edges of lining, suede, then lining once again. Remove binder clips as you stitch around suede.
8. Clip corners and curved edges on both lining and suede. Trim suede seams to taper. Turn right side out through opening left between the two dots. Machine stitch opening closed. Push lining down inside suede stocking. Press along top edge of cuff.
9. Select stocking side to be the front. Beginning at center back, machine stitch top edge of 3-inch white lace, 3/8 inch from cuff edge, overlapping lace ends on back side. Machine or hand stitch ends to prevent raveling.
10. Trim fusible webbing to fit center of metallic silver ribbon. Apply to back side of ribbon as directed by manufacturer; then press to apply to cuff as shown; positioning it approximately 1-inch from top of lace and overlapping on back side, same as with lace.
11. Thread beading needle with white thread and string on 70 pearls. Tie a knot to secure them in place on thread, but do not cut thread yet as it may be necessary to string a few more beads onto strand at end. Beginning at center back side of cuff, use a second needle and thread to stitch the bead strand along top edge of lace, by hand, whip stitching between every other bead to attach strand to lace. Thread needle through beads at beginning and ending point as you whip stitch to secure the beads to lace at end. Trim excess threads.
12. Fold top edge of stocking over to create a 3-inch cuff. Cut a 12-inch length of metallic silver cord; knot; then trim excess at cord ends. To create a loop-style hanger, machine stitch the knotted ends to inside cuff seam approximately 2 inches from top edge.
13. With remaining metallic silver cord, tie a bow. Determine desired hang length and then knot ends. Trim excess cord close to knot and fray as shown. Stitch button to bow by hand; then stitch both bow and button to stocking.
Enjoy working with suede and leather? For more great projects, see Lisa Galvin's new book Making Leather Purses and Totes, by Sterling Publications at ww.sterlingpub.com.