mini advent stocking tutorial | Christmas crafts

by | Dec 21, 2021 | crafts, Decorating, Holiday, Sewing, Tutorials, Winter | 5 comments

Disclosure: This mini advent stocking tutorial is sponsored by Walmart.  As always, all words and opinions shared are honest and my own.

When I shared my mini advent stockings just a few weeks ago, several people asked me for measurements and more information so they could make their own.  I already have a full set and some extras, but I measured the ones I have, made a template, and made one so I could share a mini advent stocking tutorial.  It’s a little close to Christmas to try to whip out advent stockings, but it would be a fun project to work on over the year with fabric scraps.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

My set of stockings was originally made by Ann of On Sutton Place and she did a beautiful job on them.  She is so much more precise than I am!  As I was cutting custom tags using the Cricut Maker and other supplies I purchased from Walmart, I decided mini advent stockings would be the perfect project to test out the fabric-cutting option.  You can find the post about the custom-cut tags HERE.

custom designed gift wrap and tags | miss mustard seed

So, I pulled out the Cricut Maker again.  Walmart carries a wide range of Cricut products as well as other items for crafting, decorating and making your house feel like home for the holidays and all year.  I bought a set of fabric Cricut mats and a nice pair of dressmaker scissors.  I find I can always use just one more pair of good scissors!

Cricut Maker Fabric Project | miss mustard seed

I tested the Cricut fabric mat out with a scrap piece of antique hemp fabric.  I wasn’t sure if it would be able to handle a thicker fabric, but it did great with it!  I cut the fabrics on the demin/heavy weight setting.

Cricut Maker cutting fabric | miss mustard seed

I was impressed and excited to try something else.

Cricut Maker cutting fabric | miss mustard seed

So, I created a template for the mini advent stockings and set the Cricut Maker to cut it out on a scrap of antique grain sack.  And it worked beautifully!

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

mini advent stocking tutorial | materials

You can also print the template and cut it by hand.  Where the Cricut Maker really comes in handy is for multi-tasking.  The Cricut Maker can work on cutting a piece while you’re sewing or ironing another.  It is also more precise, which is nice when you’re trying to match pieces up to sew together.

mini advent stocking tutorial | instructions

Print the template below so the stocking measures approximately 8 1/2″ from the top right of the cuff to the toe.  Of course, you can make these any size you want, but that is the size of my advent stockings and it’s a nice size for small toys and fun-sized pieces of candy.  For a thicker fabric, like antique grain sack, you might want to make it even a little bit bigger to allow for the bulkier seam allowance.  The stocking I made ended up being a little bit smaller, but I think this template would be the right size for a thinner fabric.

mini advent stocking template | miss mustard seed

If you’re using a Cricut Maker, download and save this template.  Upload it to the Cricut Design space as a JPG image.  Select “Simple” image type…

 

 

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

Click to remove the background automatically at the next step.  Then select apply and continue.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

The removed/transparent background looks checkered.  Select the “cut image” and upload it.  It will now be saved in your library to add to the Canvas to cut.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

On the Canvas, resize the stocking to about 8 1/2″ inches as shown in the screenshot below.  Cut your fabric to size and adhere it to the Fabric Cutting Mat.  (I was able to buy a 2-pack from Walmart, which is nice for multitasking.)  Click “Make It” and follow the instructions on the cutter.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

The Cricut Maker will cut out the stocking piece while you work on other things!

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

Cut two pieces for each mini advent stocking and then cut some lining pieces out of scrap linen.  (I just cut those by hand.)  Sew the lining to the stockings, right sides facing out, as shown below…

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

Press open the seams with an iron.  Pin the stockings together, right sides facing in.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

Sew along the pin lines, removing the pins along the way.  I sewed this one on my upholstery machine because it was set up and ready to go, but THIS is my other machine that is affordable and I use it frequently for sewing projects.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

Turn the stocking right-side out and fold the lining inside the stocking.  Press the stocking into shape.  Stitch on some twine or ribbon by hand to use as a hanger.  You can also sew a ribbon in between the liner and stocking if desired.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

And there we go!  A sweet little mini advent stocking that can be made as a set with 24 others to use as an advent calendar or to use individually as ornaments, present toppers, or even reusable gift wrap for smaller items like gift cards.  You can embellish the stockings with tags, bells, etc.

mini advent stocking tutorial | miss mustard seed

Ironing isn’t glamourous, but it really is one of the keys to getting the stockings in a nice shape.  As I said earlier, thinner fabrics might be easier to work with when you’re first starting on this project.  It’s a wonderful project to put fabric scraps to use or even fat quarter bundles.

This is my final Christmas craft this year, but I hope you have been inspired by the projects I’ve shared this season. You can find other Christmas decorating ideas, crafts, and recipes HERE.

5 Comments

  1. KathieB

    I recently bought a set of small advent calendar stockings (that are meant to hang in a row) at a thrift shop only to find it had two number 9s and was missing number 10! I remembered you hanging your little stockings on the tree last year so I did that. They look cute and nobody notices the error! I might just pretend I planned it that way all along.

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  2. Irene Kelly

    Just love these Advent stockings. You are so talented! My walls are lined with so many of my professionally framed needlework pieces and I am so glad I have displayed them so everyone can enjoy them especially me because it is so difficult for me to do that now with my advanced age. Merry Merry just Love all your ideas this season ! ! As I’ve said before you should write another book on your ideas.

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  3. Nancy F Lambert

    These are adorable, I think I will make them for next year to give to my family.
    Thank you
    Nancy

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  4. Leone

    So nice to have a pattern now for everyone. I liked yours on the tree last year so made my set last month from grain sack, displaying them in a row on a buffet. I am very interested in having a source for the numbers. They take it to a higher level. We appreciate every craft you teach us and you have outdone yourself this year. May your family enjoy the day and share the real meaning of Christmas-Jesus,

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