Dec 2, 2002
quilting, embroidery

Dad’s Chenille Primitive Embroidery Stocking

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With all the popular faux chenille and primitive embroidered projects this holiday season this is the perfect new stocking for Dad. Any Baby Lock Sewing and Embroidery machine can create this unique technique and before you know it your home will have a rustic touch for Christmas! Download printable instructions.


  • 1 Yard osnaburg for stocking cuff and layering of lettering chenille work
  • 1/4 Yard homespun checked fabric for letters and cuff
  • 5/8 Yard muslin for lining
  • Fleece or batting for quilting
  • 1 Spool all-purpose thread & 1 filled bobbin to match fabric
  • 1 Spool all-purpose thread & 1 filled bobbin ecru to match osnaburg
  • 1 Spool 30 wt cotton thread
  • 3 Small scraps of checked fabric for "patches"
  • Pinking shears
  • Iron-on stabilizer
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Walking foot
  • Disappearing marker or chalk
  • Slash cutter by Clover (optional but very helpful)
  • Fast turn foot & Fast turn tool (optional but very helpful)
  • Very sharp applique scissors
  • Rotary cutter mat & ruler
  • Iron ironing board & spray starch


  • Baby Lock Sewing and Embroidery Machine


  1. Preparation: Using picture as a guide draw a stocking pattern approximately 19" long with a cuff width of 9 1/4".

    1. Out of osnaburg cut the following pieces: two 19" x 12" one 15 1/2" x 9" two 14 1/2" x 4" six 4" x 4"

  2. Out of homespun cut the following pieces: two 14 1/2" x 4" six 4" x 4" one 7" x 1 1/2"

  3. Cut 4 stocking pieces from muslin (two will be used for lining; two for quilt backing).

  4. Cut 3 squares of different colored checked scrap fabric with pinking shears. Patches will be placed on toe and heel and should be 1 1/2" to 2".

  5. Press the fabric for the stocking starch well then iron a piece of stabilizer onto the back. Leave in a rectangle for easier hooping. Stocking will be cut out after it's embroidered.

  6. Place the stabilized fabric in the hoop.

  7. Set up your machine for embroidery by attaching the embroidery unit selecting embroidery mode and inserting the proper needle and foot.

  8. Select the letters D A and D in a font you like. Move the letters around so they are within approximately an 8 ½’ line.

    Select medium size D set move to top of machine end select A set end select D and move to bottom of screen. Move the letters around so they are within approximately an 8 1/2" line.

  9. Place embroidery hoop on machine. (We are not going to pay attention to the way the machine tells you to stitch. We are creating a different look so follow these instructions.)

  10. Use the trial to make sure the design will fit approximately 1 - 1 1/2" from the bottom of the stocking.

  11. Touch start/stop button.

    1. The machine will place an outline of the letter D on the fabric and stop. Press help key and touch spool back so it will do that stitch again.

    2. Layer a 4" square of homespun two 4" squares of osnaburg and another 4" square of homespun and place on top of the outlined area. Press start/stop button.

    3. Press start/stop again. Then spool back again so it stitches an outline a third time. After machine stitches the third outline touch spool forward (this will skip the satin stitching).

    4. You will have stitched the fabric pieces onto the main fabric 3 times.

  12. Carefully remove hoop from machine - DO NOT REMOVE FABRIC FROM HOOP!

    1. Using very sharp applique scissors trim fabric 1/4" from the stitching. Make a slice in the center of the D making sure not to cut through stocking fabric.

    2. Clip into the corners so fabric will fray nicely when washed and dried.

  13. Attach hoop back onto machine. Follow same procedure for the A and then the D. Don't forget to clip fabric from around the A before starting the last D.

  14. When all three letters are stitched remove hoop from machine remove fabric from hoop clip threads and remove stabilizer.

  15. Lay pattern on fabric and cut out stocking. Also cut stocking back out of remaining large piece of osnaburg.

  16. Using the 15 ¼” x 9” piece if Osenburg as the background layer the homespun two layers of Osenburg and homespun using the temporary spray adhesive to hold the layers together.

    1. Mark one line diagonally across the cuff. Attach walking foot. Select quilting stitch; lengthen to 4.0.

    2. Stitch along marked line. Continue stitching using the foot as a guide between stitches.

  17. After stitching use the slasher and cut fabric between lines of stitches or use scissors to cut layers - be careful and do not cut the bottom layer.

  18. Fold cuff in half right sides together and stitch the side seam. Turn right side out and fold in half lengthwise wrong sides together; base raw edges together.

  19. Draw diagonal lines 1 1/2" inch apart on stocking front and back pieces using disappearing pen. Attach walking foot and select a quilting stitch.

    1. Lengthen stitch length to 4. Use neutral color all-purpose thread and bobbin and stitch along lines.

  20. Place the patches at toe and heel as desired. Straight stitch around each patch 1/4" from edge. Use directional sewing for added ease in stitching.

  21. Select decorative stitches and select script lettering. Personalize as you desire and date.

    1. Attach 'N' foot; insert coordinating cotton thread in needle and stitch between two of the quilting lines on the back of the stocking.

    2. Note: It is easy to keep lettering or decorative stitches straight if you watch the foot and keep it parallel between the two rows of quilting.

  22. Attach the Fast turn foot. Insert the 1 1/2" by 7" piece of fabric in the guide of the foot adjust the seam as needed and stitch the seam. Use the Fast turn to turn right side out.

    Attach the Fast turn foot. Insert the 1 1/2" x 7" piece of fabric in the guide of the foot adjust the seam as needed and stitch the seam. Use the Fast turn to turn right side out.

  23. Use half-inch seams to sew stocking seam. Sew cuff on top. Sew lining pieces together leaving the bottom open for about 5 inches.

    1. Turn stocking right side out and pin lining along top right sides together.(Lining will be around the outside of the stocking.) Sew along the top of the cuff.

  24. Throw in the washer and dryer to fluff up the chenille. You are finished.

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