Christmas Stockings Tutorial

December 5, 2011

Two years ago I knew I wanted to make our family Christmas stockings. My Mom and I were out shopping at fabric stores and I fell in love with this fabric, but it wasn’t until last year that I finally got them made. I went ahead and made 5 stockings even though we didn’t have a third baby yet (I guess my subconscious knew she’d be coming soon!).

Christmas Stockings | Sew Like My Mom

A friend of mine loved them and asked me to make a set for her kids. We’ve been planning them since March, I swear, and I was finally able to get them done last week. I really love how they came out and I’m seriously considering making more for us!

Christmas Stockings | Sew Like My Mom

I appliqued each child’s initial to the cuff of the stocking with plain black fabric.


They just make everything more festive!

(I’m also making a tree skirt, so stay tuned for that!)

And because of the way they’re designed, when they’re stuffed for Christmas morning, you can stand the cuff up to make them a little taller to accommodate all the stocking goodies!

It doesn’t take much to make your own set of personalized stockings! They’re also fast to whip up, I think this tutorial took me longer to write than it took to make all 5!

The finished size is 17.5″ long from top of folded cuff to toe, 21.5″ unfolded, and 6.5″ wide.

For each stocking you’ll need:
2 outside pieces
2 lining pieces
2 cuff pieces
1 6″ piece of ribbon
applique (optional)

This is actually a great project for fat quarters! The stockings I made for us came entirely from fat quarters and 4 out of the 5 of these did as well. To make your stockings fairly cheaply, and to have them coordinate instead of match exactly, search for a fat quarter bundle on etsy. It takes 1 FQ for each stocking, and 1 produces 2 cuffs.

First, iron the cuff pieces in half.

Then iron on your applique. For these, I used Pharmacy font and traced it from MS Word at size 550. Put the fold on the bottom and the raw edges on the top before ironing the applique. I know this seems backwards, but trust me, it needs to go on the top half. To center mine when the cuff is down, I placed the letters 3/8″ above the fold.

Then applique around the letter. If you need more help on this, see my applique tutorial and the tutorial on appliqueing curves.


Now decide which way your stockings will hang and with right sides together, sew the cuff piece with the applique to the front stocking piece. When you do this, make sure the applique is facing the foot of the stocking.

Then sew the same lining piece to the other side of the cuff with right sides together.

You’ll have something that looks like this:

Press your seams to the middle.

Repeat with the back pieces.

Lay the front and back together with right sides facing each other, lining up your cuff pieces.

Take the 6″ of ribbon and make it into a loop.

Place it between your lining layers on the BACK side (heel side) of the stocking with the loop on the inside. Line it up right where the lining meets the cuff. Pin in place.

Pin the stocking pieces together. I usually don’t pin things, but I wanted to make sure I kept this looking nice.

To sew them together, I started in the “sole” of the lining. I sew the lining together at 3/8″ seam allowance and when I get to the cuff, I gradually move it over to 1/4″ seam allowance. I do this to make sure the lining fits perfectly inside the stocking when put together and it doesn’t lump or bulge.

Leave a hole a few inches wide along the bottom of the lining to turn the stocking through.

To make sure your curves lay flat, you need to clip them. I cheat and use pinking shears.

Turn the stocking through your hole and iron everything flat.

Sew the hole in the lining closed, stuff the lining into the outer pieces, and you’re done!!


If you’re making more than one, I recommend doing them assembly-line style. It goes faster!

The Hubs and I had great fun creating words out of these! No words can be made from our initials, so we got a good chuckle before I mailed them.

CLICK HERE to download the free pattern!

90 Responses to “Christmas Stockings Tutorial”

  1. Krissy said:

    Love your fabric selection and what a great tutorial! Pinning for reference.

  2. Cynthia said:

    I just finished my first stocking from your pattern. Turned out better than I thought. Now I’m getting requests to make some more. Thanks for the great, easy to understand tutorial and pattern.

  3. Cheryl said:

    Popped over from Tatertotsandjello and jello and glad I did. This is the best stocking tutorial I have seen yet. Now I can get new stockings done before Christmas. Thank you!

  4. Becky said:

    Beginner question: Do I put the second piece the same as the first? I keep getting the wrong side of the cuff lined up to the right side when I put the whole thing together. Thanks

  5. Melissa said:

    Hi Becky! It’s much easier to see photos. Do you think you could email me at for help? Thanks!

  6. Sarah said:

    Thank you for a great tutorial 🙂

  7. Tabby said:

    I can’t download the pdf pattern, says it is corrupted 🙁 Is there anyway I can get it emailed to me? I really want to try this pattern. I have tried others and haven’t been satisfied with the method and results.


  8. Maria said:

    Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial – I’ve just made a couple of stockings! You can see them at this blog post:

    Thanks again!
    Maria x

  9. Lolo Lala said:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I love how the stocking turned out but I have one question: what kind of lining should I use?

  10. Melissa said:

    Any cotton would work. Plain or print, it’s up to you. I prefer just plain white.

  11. Rachel said:

    Thank you for the tutorial! It was easy to follow and the finished product looked great. Pics are on the blog…

  12. Tara C said:

    Love the tutorial! I have a question. Did you mean that one fat quarter will make one stocking and also have enough material left for two cuffs? Also, do you think that interfacing would be good as the lining to give the stocking more strength?

  13. Hannah said:

    I am so happy I found a stocking tutorial. I do have a question though. Does your pattern have the seam allowance included or are you adding them?

  14. Melissa said:

    Nope, seam allowances are included! But if you feel the stocking is too skinny, feel free to add them and get a little more width. 🙂

  15. Hannah said:

    Hi Melissa
    Thank you for getting back to me 🙂 I wasn’t sure they were included as it doesn’t say in your instructions. So I did add extra all the way around the stocking and the cuff, so only time will tell if I’ve made it too wide. Your stockings look great and I hope mine turn out as good 🙂 x

  16. Hannah said:

    Oh that’s great, I didn’t know there was seam allowance so I added it.
    Hopefully I haven’t made them to big now. I guess I’ll find out when I’ve finished my first one 🙂 thank you for replying x

  17. JANE said:

    HI there,
    hope you can help i planned to try making these stockings but something has gone wrong as the embroidery is on the inside.

    i attached the embroidery to the lining and attached the other end to the patterned fabric
    then did the same again with the other piece of lining and patterned fabric and other cuff piece
    then joined the two together.

    so when i turn it the right side out it looks like
    patterned fabric cuff full size lining

    so when i put the lining inside the pattered fabric the embrodery is in the inside

    can you tell me where i am going wrong????

  18. Melissa said:

    Either you didn’t put the embroidery on the right half of the cuff piece, or you haven’t turned the cuff down. It sounds like you just need to turn the cuff down, because both sides of the cuff are outside when it’s down.

  19. Kathy said:

    Making them now out of old quilt with osnaburg for the backing and hanger. Great size. Love them.

  20. Sarah said:

    How wonderfully simple! 🙂

    I added some iron-on padding to the back of the stocking and its come out nice and robust!

    Brilliant, Thank you!

  21. Tiffany said:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made 2 today for my toddler and baby and they turned out gorgeous! Your instuctions are so easy to follow and I’m so happy with the result! Xx

  22. Nicola said:

    My 10 year old daughter made herself a new stocking with a faux-sheepskin top following these instructions – thank you – really clear and the result is wonderful!

  23. Jessica said:

    I can’t download the pattern. Is there anyway I can get it emailed to me?
    Jessica :

  24. Natalie F said:

    Thanks! I’m making some from a Mccalls pattern, but it didn’t have an applique. And I needed some direction there. This is helpful.
    They look great!

  25. Helen said:

    Many thanks for the detailed explanation & pics, I’m so chuffed with how my first ever stockings turned out!
    Merry Christmas 🙂

  26. Sonja said:

    I just wanted to tell you thank you! I have made a stocking for every person and grandbaby in our family and they look amazing on our mantle. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this very detailed instructional.

  27. Emma said:

    Hello, these look wonderful and I’d love to make them, I can’t seem to get the pattern to download, is it still there at your end? Understand if it’s not, I’m arriving a few years after you posted it! Thanks Emma

  28. Melissa said:

    Shoot me an email and I’ll reply with the pattern pieces!

  29. Jenn said:

    Cant wait to try these! What fabric did you use for the lining?

  30. Beth Hunt said:

    Would you also email me the pattern pieces? It would be much appreciated.

  31. Melissa said:

    Just regular Kona-style quilting cotton!

  32. Melissa said:

    You can download the pattern pieces by following the link in the post. Thanks!

  33. Lynei said:

    I am loving this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Maddie said:

    I don’t understand how it works!! It seems like you just sewed the whole thing up how does the lining go into the outer part??

  35. Melissa said:

    You just push it down inside!

  36. Lauri said:

    Can you email me the pattern please? I can’t get it to load. Thanks!

  37. Mary Hurst said:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! My first one didn’t turn out great, since I didn’t follow your directions step by step, but my second one was awesome!

  38. Mary Hurst said:

    Maddie, did you figure it out?

  39. Dona Martin said:

    I was wondering what you think about adding an iron-on interfacing to the outside pieces and the cuff.

  40. Janet said:

    Thank you for a great easy to follow directions, I made some last year but so wished I had found your blog then, I have tried doing them in different ways but this is far easier then any I have made, thanks again X janet

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