Christmas is just around the corner and what a great time to get out your sewing machine and make some fun holiday decorations. This Christmas stocking sewing tutorial is a very simple project that you can whip up in no time at all. The stocking is lined and has a contrasting cuff.
You can make these stockings out of all kinds of fabric.
WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE
Christmas Stocking Items & Materials Needed
- Sewing machine/serger (optional)
- PDF Pattern
- Upcycled Sweaters or fabric (cotton, cotton blends, corduroy, denim, fleece, etc.) Check out my upcycled sweater post for tips on using an upcycled sweater)
- Lightweight fabric for OPTIONAL lining
- Contrasting fabric for a cuff or the bottom cuff from an upcycled sweater
- Optional trim and embellishments
There are two different styles of the stocking. You can make them all one solid color, or piece several types of fabric together to get a patchwork design.
Christmas Stocking Instructions
- Download and print the pattern. (Due to the size of the pattern, you will first need to assemble the pattern. Not a big deal).
- Two of the outer covering and two of the lining pieces.
- One cuff piece, on the fold where indicated on the pattern. You can also use an upcycled sweater cuff. (The bottom edge of a sweater or the sleeve cuff can be used). If using a sweater cuff, you won’t need to double the fabric, so don’t place the pattern on the fold).
- Loop piece, on the fold where indicated on the pattern
You can use a serger or single needle machine to sew the Christmas stocking. All seams will be 3/8” (usually the edge of your pressure foot) and you will always backstitch at the beginning and end of seams unless directed otherwise.
- With Right Sides Together (RST), place stocking front to back. Pin in place. Sew all the way around, leaving the top open.
- Fold cuff piece in half (RST). Sew the side seam.
- Fold the cuff over and in half so the right sides are facing out. (If you want to add lace or trim to the cuff, do it now)
- With the seam on the left, press in place. Mark the halfway point with a pin, on the right.
- If you want a pieced look, like in the photo on top, follow the directions below. For a more rustic look, you can expose the seams on the outside of the stocking.
- With (RST) place pieces A & B together matching darts. Pin in place and sew the seam.
- Open the stocking up and with (RST) place on top of piece C, matching darts. Pin in place and sew the seam.
- If you want more than three pieces sewn together, like the stocking on the left, you can sew several sweater strips together and then cut a front stocking piece.
- Cut out a solid piece for the back.
- Place these pieces (RST) matching seams and edges, pin in place. Sew all the way around leaving the top edge open.
- Fold the loop piece in half (RST) along the long edge. Sew down the side seam.
- Turn the tube inside out and press the seam to the center.
- TIP: Take a safety pin and insert it into the fabric by the tube opening. Stick the pin in the tube and direct it to the opening at the other side. Pull it out and it will turn the fabric right side out!
- Open up the loop, bringing the seam in the center, and press.
- Fold the loop in half so the seam is on the inside.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
- With the WRONG SIDE OF THE LINING FACING OUT, stuff it inside the outer stocking and stick your hand down in it to line it up nicely. Line up the seams.
- Place the loop on the stocking lining, centered on the back seam. Pin in place.
- Baste the loop onto the stocking. (No need to backstitch) You will be sewing through the lining, stocking, and the loop
SEWING THE CUFF ONTO THE STOCKING
- Place the cuff inside the stocking, with the RIGHT side facing the stocking. (If using a sweater cuff, the sweater cuff seam will be facing out and visible).
- Align the cuff seam with the stocking seam. (There will be 4 layers, 3 if using a sweater cuff)
- Pin in place.
- Sew all the way around, through all layers. Stretch and ease sweater cuff as needed.
- Flip the cuff over. Press seam towards the stocking.
- Flip the cuff down and Ta-dah…….You are ready to hang your stocking!
There is no limit to the color and fabric combinations that you can do. Make a stocking for each one in the family!
Have fun sewing. Reach out if you have any questions.