First, I took an old stocking from our Christmas stash that had a nice size and shape. I traced it on butcher paper - leaving 1/4" for seam allowance. Then I cut it out.
I had purchased a collection of fat eighths from the fabric store, because I wanted the quilted look. These were great because they had 8 different fabrics, in a nice gradation of colors from dark to light. I used 4 fabrics per stocking. I cut the 9"x21" pieces down to 4.5"x21". If you were making a stocking from 1 fabric for the outside, and 1 fabric for the lining, then you would only need about 1/2 yard of each (depending on the finished stocking size).
The next step was piecing the fabrics together (I did 2 sets - one for the front and back), then I pressed the seams. I placed the 2 panels of fabrics right sides in, and used my pattern to cut out stocking shapes. I was able to get 2 stockings from each set of panels. I also cut out interfacing and a lining using the pattern. The lining I cut 4.5" longer in the top part of the stocking to create a nice cuff. Before sewing the stocking outsides together, I ironed on the interfacing.
This photo was taken after I sewed the stocking together, clipped the rounded edges, and turned it. I pressed it lightly and then sewed on the tab made from excess fabric.
I sewed the lining - leaving a 4" gap on the back of the leg. Leaving it right sides in, I put the stocking (already turned) inside. Then sewed the lining to the stocking outside by lining up the raw edges at the top. Then I pulled the stocking out of the gap, turned the lining right sides out, and sewed up the gap. (don't forget to clip those rounded edges!) When I put the lining back into stocking, the excess 4.5" creates a nice cuff. Finally, I stitched around the top of the cuff to create a nice finished edge. And that was all there was to it!
Here are the other 4 colors that I purchased to make more stockings. Today I cut out the yellow and green fabrics. Can't wait to see how they all look sewn up!