I first posted this Christmas stocking tutorial over on my Patreon last year. I’ve learned and grown so much since I first put this tutorial together, and yet looking at it, I feel like I also started from a very solid beginning.
Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, I hope that it is safe and happy and bright.
As pagans, my family doesn’t observe Christmas. Our winter celebration is the solstice. The fact that it falls near December 25, and that many Christmas traditions are pagan in origin, means that a lot of our festivities look Christmasy.
Growing up, my family had stockings; and a fireplace mantel on which to hang them. I don’t recall them often, if ever, being filled, though. They were more for decoration. Yet, my family has made use of stockings for the kids as we don’t have trees under which to store our presents. We have, in the past, built book trees, winding lights around them, and piling presents around the base, but it’s not the same. This year, as the majority of our books are packed away, we aren’t even doing that.
Which brings me to this month’s craft tutorial. While the kids have their stockings, mine and my husband’s have gone missing. Our move a year and a half ago was sudden and haphazard and we had to leave a lot of stuff behind. And so, like so many of my projects, this one is borne out of my desire to make something for myself, using what I have on hand.
The only fabric I bought for the stockings I made while working on this tutorial and those I made for myself was a remnant of fleece. It was just under ½ a yard and I managed five stockings from it. The fabric and quilt batting for the cuffs came from my scraps stash.
This project is suitable for beginner sewists. One stocking takes about half an hour to complete from start to finish. You could set aside an afternoon with your family and each person could make their own. Or you could make them up as a Christmas morning surprise.
The quilting instructions are for simple diagonal lines, but if you are feeling creative you could mark out whatever quilting design you want.
Happy sewing and a Blessed Yule.
For one stocking you will need:
- Stocking pattern (click to download the PDF pattern)
- 1 fat quarter (18” x 22”) of red fleece for the stocking and loop
- 1 piece of fabric measuring 17” x 9” for the cuff
- 1 piece of quilt batting measuring 17” x 4” for the cuff interior
- Sewing machine
- Sewing machine needle for heavy weight fabric
- Matching thread
- Print out the stocking pattern. Cut it out and tape the bottom piece to the top, matching lines.
- Cut out two stocking pieces from the fleece using the stocking pattern. From the leftover fleece cut out a rectangle measuring 4” x ¾”. This will be your loop piece.
- Sew 1/4″ around the stocking, leaving the top open. Backstitch at the start and end of the seam.
- Fold the cuff in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing each other. Press the fold to make a crease. This marks where you will place the batting.
- Open the cuff so that the wrong side faces up. Arrange the batting so that one long side aligns with the crease and there is a 1/2″ gap between the batting and the edge of fabric.
- Fold the cuff, sandwiching the batting inside the fabric. Baste around the raw edges to secure the batting inside.
- Using tailor’s chalk, a quilting pen or pencil, mark the quilting lines on the cuff. Working from left to right, draw 45° diagonal lines across the length of the cuff spaced 1” apart. Draw another set of 45° diagonal lines 1” apart from right to left to create a diamond pattern. Sew along the quilting lines.
- Sew the short ends of the cuff together. If you are using a fabric with a one way directional print, sew the cuff ends with the side that is upside down facing out as the “wrong side” of the cuff.
- Fold the loop piece in half. Pin to the wrong side of the stocking at the center back with raw edges even. Tack the loop in place.
- Pin the cuff to the stocking, with the right side of the cuff facing the wrong side of the stocking and center seams matching. Stitch all around the opening through all layers.
- Turn the stocking right side out, with the cuff pulled to the outside of the stocking.