Learn how to cross-stitch Christmas stocking to personalize your holiday decorations. Cross-stitching is an old form of embroidery that makes use of X-shaped stitches to form an image. The fabric commonly used for this needlework is called aida. Follow the steps below to make a Christmas stocking using this embroidery method.
Tools and Materials
- Aida cloth
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Cross-stitch pattern
Step 1 – Create the Template
On a cardboard, draw the shape of a stocking. Make it into a size that you prefer to have. Cut the template from the cardboard. Put the cardboard template on top of the aida cloth, and trace it with a pencil. Cut along the pencil lines to make the first side of the stocking. Then make another one using the similar procedure.
Step 2 – Get a Cross-Stitch Pattern
Look for a cross-stitch pattern that you would want to use for your Christmas stocking. Consider shapes like the Christmas tree, snowman, Santa Claus, bells, poinsettia, snowflakes, angels, mistletoe, ribbons, wreaths or wrapped gifts. If you are a beginner, you should choose a simple design that will not be too difficult for you to do.
Step 3 – Cross-Stitch the Design onto the Cloth
Before you start with the actual cross-stitching, you must first draw the area where you want to put the design. This should preferably be on the middle part of the sock. Use the embroidery hoop to hold the fabric. Start on the middlemost of the graph. Count the squares in the aida cloth to start the stitching.
There are two ways to cross-stitch. In the first method, you will do a row of half stitches and the work your way back to complete the cross-stitches. Most patterns require the use of this method. In the other method, you can create X as you sew through each square in the cloth. When you do cross-stitching, it is imperative that all the Xs are in the same direction. For example, if the top thread on the first X stitch in slanted left, it should be the same for the entire row so that the finished patter will appear evenly made.
Step 4 – Sew the Christmas Stocking
Once you’re done with the cross-stitched design, you can now sew the two pieces of Christmas stocking together. Pin the two sides of the sock together so that they are aligned and fitted together properly. Pin the two sides in such a way that the right side of the image is facing the other sock. Don’t pin the top part of the stocking where it should have an opening.
Sew the edges of the sock that were pinned together. Once sewn, you can now turn the sock inside out to reveal the Christmas cross-stitch design that you have done.