Making Up Projects

By request, a new page with full instructions for making up projects. Please feel free to use these for your work but please do not reproduce these instructions for any kind of sale or profit as they are copyright material. If you want to share please send the link to this page. Many thanks for all your wonderful support!

Stocking Finishing Instructions

You will need:

Fusible fleece 0.5m (1/2 yd)

Two pieces of backing fabric to tone with stocking 0.5m (1/2 yd)

Decorative braid to tone with stocking 1.5m (60in)

Permanent Fabric Glue


Making Up a Christmas Stocking

(Please note that the red line around my stocking designs is for basting only so that you can define the shape of the stocking for finishing. These threads will be removed after you cut the fabric to shape)

  1. Cut your stocking shape out 1.25cm(1/2 in) beyond the red basting lines. Place the fusible fleece on the wrong side of the stocking and cut it to the same shape as the stocking. Press to fuse according to manufacturer’s directions. Fold the top edge to the wrong side along the basting line and press .
  2. Place two pieces of backing fabric, right sides together, under the stocking and cut the fabric to the stocking shape adding an extra 10cm (4in) at the top edge. Next layer the fabric and stocking as follows: one piece of fabric right side up, the stocking right side up, and the second piece of fabric wrong side up. Pin together and stitch a 1.25cm (1/2in) seam leaving the top edge open and a small gap at the bottom for tucking in the braid.
  3. Finish off the top raw edges of the fabric by folding over 1.25cm(1/2in) to the wrong side and stitching down. Turn the embroidery to the outside creating a lining and backing. Fold the two top flaps in aligning them with the folded edge of the embroidery.
  4. Cut a 20cm(8in) length of braid, fold in half and tuck the ends into the left corner of the top edge in the space between the embroidery and the lining. Slipstitch the lining and the embroidery together at the top edge, being sure to catch the cord securely while stitching. Attach the braid to the edge of the stocking, either by slip stitch or using a thin bead of fabric glue, tucking in the ends at the small opening in the bottom seam. Slip stitch this seam closed.

Stocking Fabric Placement



14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Georgia Curry
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 16:52:22

    Dear Mrs Elliott

    Many congratulations on your award!!!!!!!

    Last weekend I received my Sweet pea Fairy pack and looks absolutely fabulous. However I do need some technical advise from the expert: do I cross stich under the beads?

    Many thanks in anticipation

    Best wishes



  2. Mary Palumbo
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:55:17

    Dear Joan,
    I am just amazed at the beautiful patterns that you come up with, they just blow me away!! I was just wondering if you will ever do a Snowflake Goddess? The Winter Goddess looks very Christmas like with the flowers that you chose, but I just picture the Winter Goddess being done in all shades of blue, with snowflakes all around her face and maybe even some white frosted pine cones?? Thank you, Mary Palumbo


    • joanelliott
      Aug 14, 2013 @ 14:07:40

      Thanks Mary-

      Yes, the Goddess series will continue in new chartpacks rather than in the magazines. On the to do list are a Snowflake, Seashell, and Butterfly. Some others are floating around in my head too 🙂
      X Joan


  3. Mary Palumbo
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 14:24:50

    That would be awesome!! I am very excited to see the Snowflake and Seashell Goddesses!! I will be making both of those, for sure!! Thank you for answering!!!


  4. Patricia Tucker
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 20:31:30

    I hope you can help me. I was in Florida and purchased your Quilt Kit. Woodland Baby Quilt Kit #21747. When I got home and opened it up it had two page 3 and no page 2.The page I am missing has squirrels and birds on it. Can you please send me page two?


    • joanelliott
      Mar 06, 2014 @ 20:42:49

      Hi Patricia-

      The kit you purchased was put together by Design Works Crafts. Since they supply everything in the kit it will be best for you to contact them directly. I am sure they will be able to provide the missing page. Their email is


  5. Lo Kendall
    Sep 15, 2014 @ 15:50:23

    I need the correction for your Indian maiden cross stitch chart in your book,please as the pages do not join up vertically.
    Lo Kendall


  6. april
    Apr 09, 2015 @ 23:55:46


    I am interested in one of your designs from your fairy enchantment book. I was wondering the approximate size the “one upon a time” pattern ends up (I can’t seem to find the sizes of the patterns anywhere)



  7. joanelliott
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 00:20:52

    Hi April-
    The size in 14 or 28 count is 12w x 16h inches.



  8. Darlene Vitale
    Aug 12, 2015 @ 13:43:07

    I am doing the Heavenly Christmas Stocking and it is calls for K Braid 028…I am doing it on 28 count fabric. Is this the blending filament or there are different grades of braid in citron….#4, #8 etc. Which is it calling for? Thank you


  9. Randi Guerrero
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 23:41:20

    Hi, I have a quick question. I have done Sleeping Beauty and have Cinderella and rapunzel patterns. My favorite disney princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I was wondering if you had any plans to make a pattern of her. She would be awesome to cross stitch.


    • joanelliott
      Jan 30, 2016 @ 16:25:38

      Hi Randi
      She is on my list of things to do. Once my life gets back to normal I want to strata on all of the things on that list.

      X Joan


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