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Christmas Stocking Tutorial

The stockings are hung by the . . . well, we don’t actually have a chimney, so they’re hung in the dining room from the quilt rack.

I sewed these stockings up last year so that we’d all have nice coordinating ones, and I thought I’d share my pattern and instructions with you. I love the simple design, and the size, in my opinion, is perfect. They’re big enough to hold a DVD or video game but not so huge that you have to spend your whole Christmas budget on stocking stuffers.

For each stocking, you’ll need 1/2 yard of print woven fabric for the body, 1/4 yard of fabric for the top (velvet works beautifully) and ribbon for hanging. The body pattern can be found here. When you print, be sure that the “Fit to page” option is not selected. The pattern will print in two pages which you should butt up against each other to make a complete pattern. 1/2″ seam allowance is included.

Cut out your pieces. You’ll need to cut two body pieces from the pattern linked above in opposite directions. For the top of the stocking, you’ll need to cut two 17″ X 3 3/4″ strips.

Line body pieces up with right sides facing and sew or serge using 1/2″ seam allowance around all sides except the top.

Cut a piece of ribbon to 5 1/2 inches. I used 1″ grossgrain ribbon for ours. Pin the ribbon on the right side 1″ from the end of one of your top strips as shown.

Line your second strip up on top of the first strip with right sides facing and sew or serge along the edge where the ribbon is pinned, securing the ribbon inside.

Flip your two strips apart exposing the ribbon inside.

Fold over, matching up the short ends and sew or serge across the short edge.

Fold the finished top piece right-side out as shown, being sure that the ribbon is now at the back and on your left hand side.

Now pin the top of your stocking upside down inside the two body pieces which are still right-sides facing, as shown. Match up the seam on your top piece with the seam on the heal side of your stocking.

Sew or serge around the raw edges, attaching the top to the body of the stocking.

Flip the top out of the stocking . . .

. . . and turn right-side out.


Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’d love to hear if you use this tutorial to make your own stockings!

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13 Responses to Christmas Stocking Tutorial

  • ellen says:

    Hi, I just discovered your site while searching for a simple stocking pattern. I’m going to be leading a workshop for the ladies at my church, and wanted to check for permission before using your pattern. Thank you for providing such easy to follow tutorials!

  • Christine says:

    Oh thank you! This is just what I’ve been looking for!
    I thought I could figure out how to do the cuff, but I think I would have made some serious mistakes in the process – I tend to put things inside out or upside down, and I know I would have forgotten to add a loop!
    So this was perfect! Thanks again
    *off to sew*

  • Jenny says:

    Oh yay! I am planning on making stockings for this Christmas and I needed a good template. Thank you for posting yours! I can’t wait to get to the fabric store tomorrow!

  • Erin says:

    Thanks so much. These are great stockings, and just what I have been looking for. They look beautiful, and were so easy to make 🙂 Thanks Again!

  • Alice says:

    Absolutely perfect for the material I had chosen. Great size…not too large (affordable to fill), but not to narrow (so you can get the goodies down inside. Thank you!

  • Connie says:

    Thank You, very clear instructions. I’m planning on making 10 of these this weekend, I’m hoping they go as easily as you make them look. Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial!

  • Yara says:

    I wish I’d seen this last week. I wanted (needed) new stockings but the ones I want (from Disneyland) are way too much money. I mean, it’s a giant sock!
    I told my husband I’d just make some. Then he found some at Target for $2. I don’t think they’ll last long, we’ll see. I may go ahead & make some of these anyway; for my husband, myself, my sister & my parents.

  • Kelli says:

    Craft Hope is gathering Christmas stockings for their Christmas in Dixie project. I found your tutorial from a link in a comment on the Craft Hope page!

  • Cindy says:

    THANK YOU so much for this tutorial! I just made my first stocking following your instructions. Easy, peasy and looks fabulous!!!! Thanks again!

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