Upcycling Clothing into Holiday Stockings
By Kendra McCracken
- Ideal for difficult-to-cut material including silk, denim, leather and multiple layers of fabric
- Proprietary blade grinding technique provides a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip
- Specially formulated Swedish stainless steel blades will not rust or dull
- Innovative blade design provides superior cutting performance with less force
- Ergonomic handles are sculpted to fit your hand, maximizing comfort, sensitivity and control
- Larger handle loops fit hands of all sizes
- Bent handle design keeps material flat for mistake-free cutting
- Length: 9"
- Proudly made in Finland based on a 360-year tradition of craftsmanship
- Lifetime warranty
- Dressmaker Shears (9")
For long, clean cuts through fabrics of all kinds.
Variety of clothing
Material for lining stockings
Pattern for stocking
1. Tape together 4 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper and draw a stocking pattern or you can print one from online. When using clothing, the pattern is simply placed on top of the article of clothing, pinned in place, and cut out. There is no worry about getting the layers of material facing the right direction.
2. Some articles of clothing may need to be altered to make them large enough or flat enough to work with. For example removing the elastic gathering from the waist of the ruffled shirt.
3. After cutting out the stocking, remove one of the eyelet cap sleeves from the shirt and used it on the toe of the stocking. It was not only a nice embellishment, but it also tied back in with the top of the stocking.
4. When working with a vest, use the seam ripper from the Fiskars Sew Taxi to remove the leaves.
5. The steps to this point are simply to choose a pattern, prepare your fabric to make it useable with your pattern, pin the pattern to the fabric and cut it out.
6. Next, use the pattern to cut out 2 pieces for the lining. If you are not using a purchased pattern that includes instructions, the fabric for the lining should be folded so the right sides are together.
7. Pin the outside front of the stocking to one of the lining pieces, right sides together, stitch along the top edge, and press the seam open. Repeat this with the back of the stocking and other lining piece. When placed side by side with the outside panels facing up, you should have 2 stockings with toes that face in opposite directions.
8. Open the 2 stocking panels up and place the right sides together. Stitch around the perimeter of the stocking, starting and stopping on the lining, and leaving an opening for turning. Clip the seam allowance along the curves to reduce bulk and bunching of the materials. Turn the stocking right side out and stitch the opening closed.
Add a length of ribbon, fabric, or other material to the top of the stocking to use for hanging it. Embellish the stocking as desired.