How to make a lined festive stocking handbag or hanging

You will need:
2 x fat quarter fabrics
Button or buttons if you’d like to decorate it more
1 metre of thin ribbon
Handsewing needle & contrasting thread

Plus your sewing kit including: Sewing machine, scissors, tailors chalk, thread, pins

Download the pattern by clicking here

Download the PDF instructions here

Use 0.5 to 1cm seam allowances throughout this project.

Step 1: Print out the pattern above and cut 4 x pieces as indicated on the pattern. 2 x outer and 2 x lining. Always cut with right sides together!

Step 2: Place the 2 x smaller pieces with right sides together and sew together along the top (the dashed line on the pattern.) Then open up the seam so both fabrics are on opposite sides of the fold and press open.

Step 3: Take 1 of the larger pieces of stocking shape (the lining) and lay it on top and in line with the small  piece that is also the lining. Lay these with right sides together, pin down the side edges and sew around the edges from the seam line around to the other seam line  ** leave a gap off side of the centre bottom around 5 cm wide**

Step 4: Do the same again with the other large piece (the outer fabric) lay in line with the small piece outer fabric, sew together from stich line around to stitch line and no need to leave a gap this time!

Step 5:  You now have 3 sides (a little box at the top) remaining. Take your ribbon and cut a piece that is double the size of your button. Fold the fabric in half and slide it into the middle of the top centre line (so you have a folded over tounge poking out!)

Step 6: Pin around the remaining 3 sides including the ribbon and sew it up

Step 7: NOTCH NOTCH NOTCH!! make little cuts in the seams all around the curves being careful not to go over your lovely seams! Then you can turn it all through and press flat, and if youre happy, sew up the hole inside.

Step 8: Take the remaining ribbon, fold in half and create a handle for the top. Hand sew this ribbon into the side seams to the side of the top flap

Step 9: Sew your button in place so the ribbon on the top flap will catch it and hold it all in place!

Step 10: Press it all flat and hang with pride or fill it with goodies for a secret santa, or hang it from your mantle!

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